Shaikh Ul Islam Ibn Taimiyah
Life and Achievements
By Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
Paperback 167 Pages
Translated by Muhiddin Ahmad
Published by UK Islamic Academy
In this short but succinct volume, more than a cursory glimpse of the full range
of Ibn Taimiyah's achievements are documented
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din
Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn Taymiyah al-Hanbali
was born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near
the border of northern Iraq..
His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was
Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the
reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's teachers
exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi
authorized him to issue Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that
it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like Ibn
Taimiyah to give Fatwa. At the same age, he started delivering lectures. When he
was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could
not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a Hanbali theologian and
jurisconsult. But to his knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added
not only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also that of other
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic
history, and religious books of others, as is evident from the variety of the
books he wrote.
About Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
Sheikh Syed Abul Hasan
'Ali Nadwi, one of the most prolific writers and original thinkers of our time,
author of well over fifty books in various languages, and a scholar of rare
distinction, passed into the mercy of Allah in December 1999.
The Maulana was a founder member of the Muslim World League (Rabita), a member
of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), a member of the World Supreme
Council of Mosques, and a member of the Fiqh Council of Rabita. He was also a
member of Advisory Council of the Islamic University of Madinah al-Munawwarah, a
member of its Supreme Council, and a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters
of Damascus, Syria. He was also a founder member of the League of the Islamic
Literature in India.
Perhaps better known as the founder member and first rector of Nadwatul Ulama
(India), and president of the Academy of Islamic Research and Publications.
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