The Rituals of Hajj and Umrah
By Shaykh Al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah
Abridged By Shaykh Hussayn ibn Abdullah aal ash-Shaykh
Introduction & Explanation By Shaykh Sa'ad bin Naasir ash-Shithree
With Selected Notes From Shaykh Muhammad bin Saaleh al-'Uthaymeen and Shaykh 'Abdul Kareem bin 'Abdullah al-Khudayr
Translated & Collected By Ariff bin Abee Bakr Olla
Paperback 200 Pages
Publisher : AhleDhikr Publications
About The Book
From the 9th year of the Islamic calendar, the Hajj pilgrimage was made a pillar of al-Islam. It was towards the end of the Message of the Prophet Muhammad [Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him] that droves of people entered into al-Islam and performed this Hajj with him, yet only a few years before, they were the same people who were driven out of their homes and oppressed. This sense of urgency in fulfilling one of these major acts of worship has carried on throughout the times, and from this stems importance and urgency that the scholars of al-Islam have placed in explaining this fifth pillar of al-Islam to the masses.
Many books have been authored in this topic throughout the centuries and it is very rare to see a Fiqh book which is free from any description of the rituals of the Hajj and the `Umrah. However here we have something unique. Here we have been given the opportunity, by the Grace of Allah, to read directly from the explanation of the rituals by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah [May Allah have Mercy on him]. A man, whom his student, Ibn al-Qayyim [May Allah have Mercy on him] said about, "He is Shaykh al-Islam for al-Islam and the Muslims, upright in explaining the truth, the supporter of the religion as a whole, a caller to Allah and His Messenger." [Radd al-Waafir of Ibn Naasir ad-Deen(Pg. 67)]. Another student, Imam adh-Dhahabee [May Allah have Mercy on him] recalls about his Shaykh in saying, "He had extensive knowledge in the opinions of the Companions and the Taabi'een [May Allah be Pleased with them all]. He would rarely talk except if he mentioned their opinions. He wrote about them, he used their proofs....and there has been no one in our era who has reached the level of knowledge this man possess. " [Radd al-Waafir of Ibn Naasir ad-Deen (Pg. 34)].
In this book, the reader will take a walk through the pilgrimage of the Hajj and the `Umrah with one of the great Imams' and revivers of al-Islam, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah [May Allah have Mercy on him]. Additionally readers of the English language will have a rare opportunity to read explanations added to this text by some of the senior scholars alive today.
About Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn Taymiyyah 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 Taymiyyah's teachers exceeds two hundred.
Ibn Taymiyyah 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 Taymiyyah 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 Taymiyyah'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 literature.
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.
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