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Short Biography of Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Name & Born

Sham Al-din Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya. He was born in Syria in 691 A.H/1292 C.E.

Bringing up & Education:

He was brought up in his village under his father's guidance. He studied under his father as well. Later on, he pursued his quest for knowledge at the hands of renowned masters and scholars of his epoch, as well as he studied the works and teachings of sufi masters known in his time. His schooling centered around Islamic jurisprudence, theology, and the science of prophetic traditions.

In the year 712/ 1312 at the age of 21 he joined the study circle of Imam Ibn Taimiyyah who kept him in his company as his closest student and disciple, and later on Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya became his successor.

Acceptance of his personality:

Ibn Kathir spoke of him in his book ‘Al-Bidaya wa-’Nihaya, saying: “He was most friendly and kindhearted, he never envied anyone, he never caused harm to anyone, he never bore prejudice against anyone, and I was the closest to his heart.

Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab spoke of him, saying: “He was an accomplished scholar of Islamic science, and no one could rival him in his deep understanding of the Qur’an and prophetic saying, and his interpretations were unique in accuracy.”

Ibn Rajab narrated that his teacher Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya learned the science of prophetic sayings (Hadith) from al-Shahab al-Nabulsi, Qadhi Taqiyyu-Deen Sulaiman, and Fatima Bint Jawhar, among others.

The renowned Muslim scholar al-Thahabi once said about him: “He gave great attention to details and references of the prophetic traditions.”

Shaikh Burhan al-Deen al-Zari’ spoke of him saying: “No one is as cognizant as Ibn al-Qayyim was in his time.”

His Writings:

Death & Burial: 

He passed away in the city of Damascus the year 751 AH/1350 C.E. and he was buried at the cemetery of Bab- al-Saghir, near the grave of his father - Rahimahuma Allah.

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