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AMONG THE KARAMAAH OF SHAYKH'UL ISLAM IBNU TAYMIYYAH
« on: 19.04.2017, 03:18:26 PM »
بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Among the Karamaah of Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah)

In fact, there are many Karamaah (pl. Karamat; priveleges, honurs and miracles) happened to happened to Shaykh'ul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah), which were narrated from him by some of his students and those who knew him.

One of his students, the Imam, the Hafidh Abu Hafs Umar bin Ali al-Bazzar (rahimahullah) allocated a chapter for miracles of Ibnu Taymiyyah and his incredible foresight in his book "al-Alam'ul Aliyyah fi Manaqib Ibnu Taymiyyah" so he said:

"Many trustworthy individuals narrated to me various miracles that they witnessed from him, and I will mention some of them here, beginning with two that I personally witnessed. There was once an argument between some of the noble scholars and myself in some issues that we were debating at length over. So, we decided to stop our discussion and go to the Shaykh to give us the decisive word. We found that the Shaykh himself had come to us, and when we were going to ask him about what we were discussing, he delved into each issue before we could even speak. He laid out each of our positions regarding what we were discussing, mentioned the opinions of the scholars on them, and then clarified which opinions were most supported by the evidence, until he got to the final issue we wanted to ask him about and told us what we ourselves were hoping to learn from asking him. So, my companions and I were speechless and shocked at what he had just learned from him, as well as what Allah had made him privy to regarding what we had been thinking of. And during the days I spent with him, if I wanted to research a particular issue, I would barely have just thought of it only to find him proceeding to explaining it to me, and providing an answer from numerous angles.

The righteous, knowledgeable Shaykh Ahmad bin al-Harimi told me that he once traveled to Damascus. He said: So, it happened that when I arrived, I had no provision or money with me, and I knew nobody in the city. So, I began to walk through its streets like a lost person. Suddenly, I saw the Shaykh walking swiftly towards me. He greeted me, smiled in my face, put in my hand a small pouch filled with some dirhams, and said to me: Spend these now and stop worrying about what you are thinking about, as Allah will never abandon you. He then walked away as if he had only come to say this to me. So, I supplicated for him, and I was very happy with this. I then asked some of the people: Who is this man? They said: You dont know him?! He is Ibnu Taymiyyah! It has been a very long time since weve seen him walk this road.

The best part of my visit to Damascus was this instance where I met him, as Allah was the One who caused us to cross paths. I did not need anyone else for anything during the remainder of my stay in Damascus, as Allah had provided for me from where I did not expect. Later on, I decided to visit him again, and he would honor me and ask how I was doing, and I would praise Allah in response to him.

And I was told by Shaykh Taqi ad-Din Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Said: I traveled to Egypt when the Shaykh was living there, and I became very sick the night I arrived. So, I spent the night in some region of the country, and was shocked to suddenly hear someone calling me by my name and nickname. So, I answered him in a weak voice, and I sat up to see a group of the Shaykhs companions entering upon me, some of whom I had met previously in Damascus. I said: How did you know I was coming to Egypt when I have just arrived? They said: The Shaykh informed us that you were coming and that you are sick, and he told us to hurry to move you somewhere more comfortable, and we saw nobody else arriving or telling us anything. So, I know that this was from the miracles of the Shaykh (rahimahullah).

He also told me: I became extremely sick in Damascus, such that I could not even sit up. I suddenly felt the Shaykh sitting next to my head, and I was very weak with fever and sickness. He supplicated for me and said: You are now relieved. As soon as he left me, I was immediately relieved of all the pain and sickness I had been experiencing.

He also said: I had come across some poetry written by one who had strayed from the truth that attacked the Shaykh. The reason he had written this poem was that someone had ascribed to him poetry and words that indicated he was a Rafidi, and took these words to a judge, and it was decided to publicize his condition to the people. The man falsely thought that it was the Shaykh who had written these words and taken them to the judge, and this is why he wrote this poetry attacking the Shaykh.

So, I kept this poem with me, and I would sometimes recite some of it. I came across many things in it that didnt sit well, and I was constantly afraid and anxious because of what I was reading, and were it not for Allahs blessing on me, I would have been overtaken by it. I asked myself why I was so affected by this poem, and I could find nothing more than that I liked some of its words. So, I promised Allah that I would not waste anymore time reading it, and I became a bit relieved and relaxed. However, I still had the poem. So, I took it and burned it up and washed away the ashes so that nothing would be left of it. I asked Allahs Forgiveness, and suddenly was completely relieved of all the anxiety I had been feeling when reading the poem, and Allah replaced it with relaxation. I have since been in a state of good and relaxation, and I see that this was one of the miracles of the Shaykh granted to him by Allah.

He also said to me that Shaykh Ibnu Imad ad-Din al-Muqri al-Mutriz said: I visited the Shaykh once when I had some money with me. I greeted him, and he replied and welcomed me, and then left me without asking if I had any money with me. After a few days, I had spent all of my money. When the class was over and we had prayed behind him, he wouldnt let me leave. He sat me down, and after everyone had left, he put a small pouch of money in my hand, saying: Now, you have no money. Support yourself with this. I was amazed at this, and knew that Allah had somehow made him privy to my situation - both when I had some money and when I had run out of it.

I was also informed by a trustworthy individual: When the Mongol invasion was approaching Damascus, its people became extremely afraid, and some of them came to him and asked him to supplicate for the Muslims. So, he turned to Allah and then said: Rejoice, for Allah will grant you victory in three days, to the point that you will see their heads piled on top of each other. By the One in Whose Hand my soul is, as soon as three days had passed, we saw their heads piled on top of each other in the center of Damascus, just as he said.

And I was told by the righteous Shaykh Uthman bin Ahmad bin Isa an-Nassakh (rahimahullah) that he would visit the sick in the hospital in Damascus every week, and this was a constant habit of his. He once came to a young man and supplicated for him, and he was quickly cured. He came to the Shaykh wanting to greet him, and when he saw him, he smiled to him, pulled him close, gave him some money, and said: Allah has healed you. So, promise Him that you will quickly return to your homeland. Is it right for you to abandon your wife and four daughters without a provider while you sit here? The man kissed his hand and said: Sir, I repent to Allah on your hand, and he later said: I was amazed at what he knew about me, as I did leave them without any provision, and nobody in Damascus had known of my situation.

And I was told by someone I trust that some judges were on their way to Egypt to assume positions there, and that one of them said: As soon as I arrive in Egypt, I will rule that such and such of the noble scholars should be killed. Everyone had agreed that this scholar was righteous and pious. However, this mans heart contained such hatred and enmity to him that it drove him to want him dead. Everyone who heard him say this became worried that he would actually carry out his threat to kill this righteous man, and they were afraid that this man who wanted to be a judge would be led by Shaytan (Satan) and by his own desires, causing him to spill sacred Muslim blood - they feared the great evil that would result from such an action. So, they went to Ibnu Taymiyyah and told him of exactly what had taken place. He said: Allah will not allow him to carry out what he wants, and he will not even get to Egypt alive. The judge had a very short distance to travel until he would arrive in Egypt when he was suddenly stricken with death. So, he died before arriving in Egypt, just as Allah had revealed on the tongue of the Shaykh (rahimahullah).

And the miracles of the Shaykh (rahimahullah) are many, and this is not the place to mention more of them. But, from the most obvious and well-known of his miracles is that nobody was ever known to hate or attack him except that he was then stricken with numerous disasters, mostly in his religion, and this is something well-known that does not require much elaboration."
(al-Bazzar, al-Alam'ul Aliyyah fi Manaqib Ibnu Taymiyyah)

Ibn'ul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullah) the most well-known student of Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

Allah knows, I have never seen anyone more happy and content than him despite the hardship he was living through and the type of life that is the opposite of luxury and pleasure, and despite what he went through of imprisonment, threats and exhaustion. Despite all that he was one of the most content and happiest of people, one of the strongest in spirit and most joyful; you could see in his face the glow of serenity. I remember when we were very fearful and were feeling pessimistic and distressed; we would come to him and no sooner did we see him or hear his words but all of those negative feelings would disappear and turn into peace of mind, strength, certainty and reassurance. Glory be to the One Who caused His slaves to experience the joy of His Paradise before meeting Him and opened its gates to them in the realm of striving (i.e. this world) so that some of its comforting breezes and fragrance could reach them and motivate them to seek it and compete for it. (Ibnul Qayyim, Wabilus Sayyib, 67)

Ibn'ul Qayyim also said:

I saw wondrous examples of the intuition of Shaykhul Islam Ibnu Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) and I have never seen anything greater than it. The incidents of his intuition would fill a huge volume.

He told his companions about the Tatars entering Shaam (greater Syria; Syria, Lebanon, Palestine) in 699H, and that the Muslim armies would be defeated, but there would be no wide-scale killing or taking of prisoners in Damascus, and that the (enemy) armys main interest would be in seizing wealth. This was before the Tatars took any action to attack.
 
Then he told the people and the commanders in 702H, when the Tatars started moving and were heading towards greater Syria, that they would be defeated and the Muslims would be victorious, and he swore more than seventy oaths to that effect. It was said to him: Say Inshallah (if Allah wills and permits). So he said Inshallah, but it was in affirmation and certainty, not with any sense of doubt or hesitation. And I (i.e. Ibnul Qayyim) heard him say that.

And his intuition concerning the details of these two battles was very great indeed.

When he was summoned to Egypt, there were plans afoot to kill him after a great deal of scheming to get rid of him, and many people were against him. His companions gathered to bid him farewell and they said: We have received many letters confirming that the people (in Egypt) are intending to kill you. He said: By Allah, it will never go that far. They said: Will you be imprisoned? He said: Yes, and it will be for a long time, then I will come out and I will speak up for the Sunnah, addressing large crowds of people. I heard him say that.

When his enemy who was known as al-Jashinkir came to power, they told him about that and said: Now he has the power to do whatever he wants with you. And he prostrated to Allah in gratitude, and remained in prostration for a long time. It was said to him: Why did you do this prostration? He said: This is the beginning of his humiliation and the end of his power has begun from now; the demise of his authority is at hand. It was said: When will that be? He said: The troops horses will not be bridled before his authority will vanish. And it turned out as he said. I heard him say that.

On one occasion he said: My companions and others enter upon me and I see in their faces and in their eyes things that I do not mention to them. I or someone else said to him: Why dont you tell them? He said: Do you want me to be like a spy for the authorities?

One day I said to him: If you told us about that, it would help us to adhere to the straight path and righteousness. He said: You would not be able to put up with me for one week or he said, one month.

On more than one occasion he told me about private, personal matters that I had decided to do but I had not spoken of them. And he told me about some major events that would happen in the future but he did not state a specific time; I have seen some of them and I am waiting for the rest.

What his senior companions saw of that is many more times what I have seen.
(Ibnul Qayyim, Madarijus Salikin, 2/458-459)
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:

إِنَّ النَّاسَ دَخَلُوا فِي دِينِ اللهِ أَفْوَاجًا، وَسَيَخْرُجُونَ مِنْهُ أَفْوَاجًا

"Verily, the people have entered into the religion of Allah in crowds and they will also leave it in crowds." (Ahmad, Musnad)

 

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