The Lofty Virtues of Ibn Taymiyyah
THE LOFTY VIRTUES OF IBN TAYMIYYAH
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His Upbringing –
As for his birth, it is as many of the scholars told narrated to me: he was born in Harran 6 on the 10 th of RabF al-Awwal 661 H, 7 and remained in it until he was seven years old.
Then, his father (may Allah have Mercy on him) took him to Damascus (may Allah protect it), and he was best upbrining possible there, and Allah implanted in him the best of traits.
The signs of excellence, dedication, and sharpness were clear in him from an early age.
A trustworthy friend who knew him told me that when the Shaykh (may Allah be Pleased with him) was still in the midst of his youth and would to walk to the library, he would be stopped in his path by a Jew who lived on the road leading to the library.
The Jew would ask him about various issues, and would be insistent with his questioning due to Ibn Taymiyyah’s intelligence and brightness.
Ibn Taymiyyah would answer him so swiftly that the Jew became fascinated with him.
Eventually, whenever Ibn Taymiyyah would come across him, he would provide him with bits of information that would confirm to the man the falsehood he was upon. This went on until he accepted Islam and became a fully practicing Muslim, and this was due to the barakah that the Shaykh had despite his young age.
And since he entered his youth, he spent all of his time engrossed in effort and exertion, and he memorized the entire Qur’an as a youth, and proceeded to study and memorize Hadith, Fiqh , and the Arabic language until he excelled at them all.
This was in addition to his strict adherence to attending the circles of knowledge and his listening to the narration of Hadith and dthdr.
He heard many books from numerous scholars of high caliber. 8 As for the great texts of Islam such as the ‘Musnad’ of Ahmad, the ‘Sahib’ s of al-Bukharl and Muslim, the Jami” of at-Tirmidhl, the ‘Sanaa’ of Abu Dawud as-Sijistani, an-Nasa’I, Ibn Majah, and ad- Daraqutni – he (may Allah have Mercy on him) had each of them recited to him in their entirety numerous times.
The first book that he memorized in Hadith was al-Humaydl’s ‘al- Jam’Bayn as-Sahihayn. ’