In Ibn Taimiyah (661-728 A.H.) we see a devout doctor of religion versed in all categories of philosophy and dialectics, a man of vast learning acquainted with the original Scriptures of many religions and their subsequent amendments and accretions, not least Christianity and Judaism as also with the heretical and mystical teachings of sects which claimed to belong to the fold of Islam. Here was a man who had learned the lesson of unalloyed Tawhid directly from the Qur’an and the Sunnah and was capable of rejecting all those practices which ran counter to the true concept of the Oneness of God. A theologian, a Traditionist and legist combined, he was adept when it came to the Arabic language and the secular sciences. With an eidetic memory, he could argue across a vast range of subject matter, embarrassing his adversaries with his huge storehouse of learning.
In this short but succinct volume, more than a cursory glimpse of the full range of Ibn Taimiyah’s achievements are documented, Blended with a colourful and insightful biography, from his early childhood to his death 67 years later in prison, Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi’s account of Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah leaves one thirsting for more.
About the author:
Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (1914-1999) was one of the leading Muslim scholars of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Lucknow; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy); Azamgarh, India, Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, Damascus, and the Higher Council of the Islamic Universities, Rabat and of the Academy of Arabic Language, Oman. He was a Founder Member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League, Makkah and Chairman of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, Oxford UK. He received the King Faisal Award and numerous other awards from national and international bodies for his services to the cause of Islam.
He was a powerful, eloquent writer and orator, both in Urdu and Arabic. His works in both these languages are numerous; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet, Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah (Taymiyyah) Life and Achievements, Studying the Glorious Qur’an; Stories from Islamic History; A Starlight View of Islam’s Past and The Minaret Speaks.