Displaying good examples

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه، أما بعـد

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The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

أولياء الله هم الذين يذكر الله لرؤيتهم

“Indeed Awliya of Allaah are those who remind (you) of Allaah when you see them.”

[Abu Nu’aym, ‘Akhbar Asbahan’, 1/231; Daylami, 1/2/341 – classed as hasan in ‘Silsilah as-Saheehah’, 1646, 1733]

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1. It comes in the biography of ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Abaan ibn ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Affaan (the grandson of the third khaeefah); That he was one who performed a lot of worship and was very devout. ‘Ali ibn ‘Abdillah ibn ‘Abbaas رحمه الله تعالى saw him one day and was deeply amazed by ‘Abd al-Rahman’s devoutness and manners so much that he emulated him in good. [1]

2. ‘Abdullah ibn Wahb رحمه الله تعالى said: “That which we conveyed from the manners of (Imaam) Maalik was way more than what we learnt from his knowledge.” [2]

3. Al-Hafidh Ibn Katheer رحمه الله تعالى mentions in ‘Al-Bidaayah wan- Nihaayah’ in the biography of Al-Hasan Al-Basri رحمه الله تعالى : “And Yoonus ibn ‘Ubayd said: A man would benefit merely by him looking at Al-Hasan, even if he didn’t hear any of his speech nor see any of his actions.”

4. And (Muhammad) ibn Sireen رحمه الله تعالى when he would enter into the marketplace, the people of the marketplace would cease from buying and selling and start remembering Allaah the Most High.

5. A man would gain some benefit by looking at Ibn Qudaamah (al-Maqdisi) رحمه الله تعالى before he would hear (anything from him). [3]

6. Ja’far As-Saadiq said: “When my heart became hardened I would go to the masjid where Muhammad ibn Waasi’ was and look at his face only. Thence, I would strive hard in the obedience of Allaah for a whole week from that single look at him.”

7. Ibn Al-Qayyim رحمه الله تعالى said: “Sadness and grief would overcome us, so we would go to Shaykh al-Islaam (Ibn Taymiyyah) رحمه الله تعالى and the moment we saw him, the sadness would leave from us. So Glorified be He (i.e. Allah) who enters His slaves into His Paradise before they meet Him.”

8. Ibn Nadheef said: “Indeed I have witnessed many remarkable men. But I haven’t seen anyone the likes of Abi Muhammad ibn Abi Nasr. He was a cooling to the eye.” [4]

9. Certainly with his eminence, Shaykh ‘Abd al ‘Azeez ibn Baaz رحمه الله; the onlooker would be touched and influenced by him when he witnessed his manners and his clinging to the Sunnah.

Thus, he was a great example in his prayer, his clothing, his speech, an example in his friendliness and softness. An example in his harshness when it came to the truth. Truly, he was blessed no matter where he was or where he went. Allah, the Most High, Says: “And He has made me blessed wheresoever I may be….” [5]

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Footnotes:

[1] Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa’:5/10-11
[2] Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa’: 8/113
[3] Tadhkirah al- Huffaath
[4] Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubulaa’: 17/367
[5] 19:31

Source: ‘Al-Imaam Ibn Baaz- Duroos wa Mawaaqif wa ‘Ibar’, pgs. 20-21 – Shaykh ‘Abd al ‘Azeez as-Sadhaan – Taken from

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