In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy
Ibn Abdul Haadee (rahimahullaah) said:
When he [shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] entered prison, he found the prisoners pre-occupied with various types of games with which they pass the time, such as chess, backgammon and the likes, of (those things that lead) to neglect of the five daily prayers.
So the Shaikh [Ibn Taymiyyah(rahimahullaah)] severely disapproved of that from them. He commanded them to adhere to the five daily prayers and to turn to Allaah through performance of righteous deeds, glorification of Allaah, seeking forgiveness for their sins and supplication.
He made them acquainted with what they were in need of from the Sunnah. He awakened their desire for it and urged them towards it, until a lot of good came about in the prison due to that which was (present) in it of pre-occupation with knowledge and the Religion better than many of the small prayer rooms, the hospices, the places where people secluded themselves for worship and the schools. And it became (such) that many amongst the prisoners chose to remain with him (Ibn Taymiyyah) after they were released, and those returning to the prison became so numerous that it became filled with them.
[Al-Uqood Ad-Du’riyyah Fee Dhikri Manaaqib Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah 330-331]
Translated by: Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)
- The story of the young Ibn Taymiyyah (salaf-us-saalih.com)
Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Al-’Allaamah Haafidh Al-Hakami (rahimahullaah) advised the student of knowledge saying:And self-amazement, be warned against it. Indeed, self-amazement shovels away the deeds of the amazed one in its violent torrent.
Shaikh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq Bin ‘Abdul-Muhsin Al-Badr (hafidhahumallaah) commented on the above statement of ‘Allaamah Haafidh Al-Hakami (rahimahullaah):
“He likened Self-amazement to the violent torrent that destroys everything in front of it; thus when a person is afflicted with the disease of Self-Amazement, all his righteous deeds are shovelled away, and nothing remains of it. Al-Haafidh Al-Mundhiree reported in his book At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb under the chapter Tarheeb Min Ad-Dawee Fil Ilmi Wal Qur`aan that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said that:
A people will appear who will recite the Qur`an and say: ‘Who recites (better) than us? Who knows more than us? Who has more understanding than us?’ Then the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to his companions: ‘Is there any good from these people?’ They said: ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘These ones are from you, from this Ummah, and they are fuel for the fire.’” [Imaam Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) Declared this hadeeth Hasan Li-Ghayrihee-Saheeh At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb: Number: 135]
Shaikh ‘Abdur Razzaaq then said:“When self-amazement afflicts the student of knowledge, it drags him towards pride, exalting himself above the people, raising himself above the slaves of Allaah and exaltedness in the earth. And it has been reported in a hadeeth from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) who said: “The one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will not enter Jannah.”
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