The Wisdom of Ibn Al-Qayyim

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (real name: Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr) was a famous Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Quran, astronomer, chemist, philosopher, psychologist, scientist and theologian. His scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith (tradition of the Prophet peace be upon him) and Fiqh ( Islamic jurisprudence). But because of his extensive work pertaining to human behavior and ethics, he is commonly referred to as “the scholar of the heart.”

Ibn Qayyim’s Teachers

At the age of 21, he joined the study circle of the Muslim scholar Sheikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, 661H – 728H (1263–1328). This most notable of his teachers kept him in his company for sixteen years as his closest student and disciple. Ibn al-Qayyim was fervent in his devotion to his teacher; defended his religious opinions and approaches; compiled and edited most of his works and taught the same, and later became his successor.

Ibn-al Qayyim devoted long hours to nightly prayers, and was in a constant state of Allah’s remembrance (dhikr), as he was known for his extended prostrations. He believed that “The heart is fortified through fear of Allaah and dhikr” and stated:

“When the heart is nourished with dhikr, its thirst quenched with contemplation and cleansed from corruption, it shall witness remarkable and wondrous matters and be inspired with wisdom.” (The Hardness of The Heart)

The Islamic scholar, Ibn Kathïr, who later on came to be known as the most renowned Muslim scholar and compiler of the most comprehensive Qur’anic commentaries ‘Tafsïr Ibn Kathïr’, was also a student of Ibn-al Qayyim. Ibn Kathir stated that Ibn Qayyim :

“..was constant in humbly entreating and calling upon his Lord. He recited well and I do not know of anyone in the world in this time, who is a greater worshipper than he is. His Salah used to be very lengthy, with prolonged Ruku’ (bowing) and prostrations. His colleagues would criticize him for this, yet he never retorted back, nor did he abandon this practice. May Allah bestow His Mercy upon him.”

Ibn Qayyim was particularly known and commended for his commentaries. Ibn Rajab spoke of his teacher, noting :

“He was an accomplished scholar of Islamic science, and no one could rival him in his deep understanding of  Quran and prophetic sayings, and his interpretations were unique in accuracy.”

Other Major Works of Ibn Qayyim

Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya’s contributions to the Islamic library are extensive. He compiled a large number of studies besides his own books, including:

1- Tahthïb Sunan Abi Dãwoud (Emendation of Sunan Abi Dãwoud)

2- Al-Kalãm al-Tayyib wa-al-‘Amal al-Sãlih (The Essence of Good Words and Deeds)

3- Commentaries on the book of Shaikh ‘Abdullãh al-Ansãri: Manãzil-u Sã’ireen (Stations of the Seekers), which is considered the epitome of knowledge of sufi books; besides other manuscripts copied with his own handwriting, and which are preserved in the Central Library in Damascus, Syria.

4- Zad al-Ma’ad (Provision of  Hereafter) – Click here to get this book

5- Al-Waabil Sayyib minal kalim tayyib – a commentary on hadith about Prophet Yahya ibn Zakariyya.

6- I’laam ul Muwaqqi’een ‘an Rabb il ‘Aalamee

7- Tafsir Mu’awwadhatain (Tafsir of Surah Falaq and Nas)

8- Al Faw?’id

9- Ad-D?’i wa Daw? also known as Al Jaw?bul k?fi liman sa’ala ‘an Daw?’i Shaafi

10- Haadi Arwah ila biladil Afrah

11- Uddat as-Sabirin wa Dhakhiratu ash-Shakirin

12- Ighadatu lahfan fi masayid shaytan

13- Rawdhatul Muhibb?n

14- Ahk?m ahl al-dhimma”

15- Tuhfatul Mawdud bi Ahkam al-Mawlud

16- Miftah Dar As-Sa’adah Click here to get this book

17- Jala al-afham fi fadhl salati ala khayral anam

18- Al-Manar al-Munif

19- Al-Tibb al-Nabawiya – a book on Prophetic Medicine (available in English as “The Prophetic Medicine” , printed by Dar al-Fikr in Beirut (Lebanon), or as “Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet Muhammad (sal allahu `alayhi wa salim)” , printed by Darussalam Publications. Click here to get this book

20- Al-Furusiyya

He departed from the world about which he had said:

“Yearning for Allaah and meeting Him is like a gentle breeze blowing upon the heart, blowing away the blazing desire for this world.” (The Hardness of The Heart)

Ibn Al-Qayyim Sayings

Some of his Sayings included the following:

“The highest rank of intention in seeking knowledge is seeking knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah and knowledge of the laws of Allah. The meanest intentions are those seeking the answers to hypothetical questions, that is neither divine nor real, or those who are hesitant and follow the words of others and do not have any intention to know what is right. It is rare if any of those obtain benefit from gaining knowledge” [al-Fawwaid]

“Whenever Allah, the Exalted prevents His believing servant from something during this worldly life, He will bestow upon him something which is better and more useful to him. It should be noted that this is only granted to the believers.” [al-Fawwaid]

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) established a relationship between the fear of Allah and good character, because fearing Allah improves the relation between the servant and Allah, and good character improves the relation between a person and others. Therefore, fearing Allah makes it possible for Allah to love him, and good manners makes it possible for people to love that person.” [al-Fawwaid]

“Be satisfied with whatever Allah grants you from this worldly life. Walking thereon is like walking in a land that is filled with beasts, and water that teams with crocodiles. That which causes delight, turns to be the source of grief. Pain is found in the midst of pleasures, and delights are derived from its sorrows. As a bird sees the wheat, so does one’s insight perceive polytheism, while vain desires render its holder blind.” [al-Fawwaid]

“Whosoever causes his heart to settle with his Lord shall find himself in a calm and tranquil condition and whosoever sends it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed.” (The Hardness of The Heart)

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  • Sana

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  • Sharifa Hajra

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  • khalil malik

    JAZAKALLAH . Imam Ibn e qayuum was a great scholar and Imam. It is high time we learn about him and his teacher Imam ibn e taimiya anf study the material written by them and follow the teachings of Quran and Sunnah

  • Muhammad Fahim

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  • khalidansari

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  • Sheriff

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  • Anonymous

    May Allah SWT guide us also to be Pious people like Imam Ibn al Qayyim.

  • Mohammad arshad

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  • A/mejid

    Jazakallah khair for the information

    many brothers and sisters have corrupted immage about these Imamas. such works have a great role on abolishing the wrong image of the Imams. please continoue your work. may ALLAH be with you.

  • Anees

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  • Salihu

    May Allah’s mercies be upon you! May you continue to bring to us such stories of great scholar as this, either weekly or monthly.

    Jazakumullahu khairan!

  • ahmed karfi

    Masha Allah! May Allah subhanahu wata’ala grant these great scholars of Islam(Ibn Qayyim & Ibn Taimiyya) Aljannat Firdaus and may he also guide us to follow thier footsteps. jazakallah kairan!

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  • Anonymous

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    thank you
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  • jazakaallah! i almost droped a tear when was reading this, may Allah grant you whatever you ask from him….and may he grant you paradise as we all wish for without forgetting our families….

  • Mariah

    MashAllah very nice….May Allah help us to follow the path of the Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) and his beloved servants…ameen!

  • shaheen

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  • juhaniza

    Alhamdulillah! there is ummah that are source of wisdom. peace & blessings of Allah be with him!

  • sharifa namutebi

    assalaam alaikum. I cant say much but pray that we have people like this sheikh or even better in our generation. May Allah have mercy on us all and grant us janna where we cab see the sheikh, and above all, our beloved muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam. Amiin

  • Asif

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  • jazakaallahu Khairan. May Allah make us follow the truth.

  • mohomed

    assalaamo alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

    What can i say,only Allah the Gratest know how to reward imam ibn al Qayyim and you for the grate job.

  • nami

    jazakAllah khyr fr sharing such a beautiful article abt this great scholar…it s mashaAllah very inspiring … may Allah swt hav mercy on Ibn Al Qhassim,amin

    thanx again fr sharing this article

  • Mohamed

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  • F.H.Safeer

    Assalamualikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

    Jazakallah khiar

    by reading these articles, it just increases our Iman and fear to Allah. May Allah guide us to the right path and to offer Salah in a very concentrative way and with submission to Allah.

    Maasalamah.

  • Nafees

    MashaAllah great article, I read it twice Alhumdulillah, May Allah swt guide us to straight path. Amen. And May Allah swt send his mercy upon Ibn Al Qayyim.

  • sharifa said

    Masha Allah! May Allah subhanahu wata’ala guide us to follow thier footsteps. jazakallah kairan!i,

  • Annonymous

    Jazak Allah Khiran – May Allah continue to give you the Hidaya to share these beautiful pieces with us. While reading this I felt calm and tears came to my eyes.

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  • taiba

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  • Anonymous

    Jazakallah

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  • Rehman Shariff

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  • jazahkumullah. and thanks for the beautiful article

  • isa ibrahim zaria

    may God bless you for this effort.

  • Anonymous

    Inspiring words at times when all seems lost.

  • Amal

    Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

    Jazakallahu kheiran for an inspiring and enlightening article, certainly one we can all benefit with rewards. May Allah grant you peace and blessings for your continued work in providing the muslim ummah with informative articles.

  • syed hasan aijaz

    Please keep writing such useful articles. May Allah reward you for these deeds. Amin!

  • Dr. Sani Zakari

    Jazakumullahu khairan. May Allah Subhanahu wa Taala count us among His most righteous slaves and increase our contentment in what He endowed us. May He also increase us in useful knowledge, Ameen.

  • Osman Ali

    may ALLAH make us among those people that struggle for their religion like Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

  • Fatima Abdulsalam

    May Allah reward you for making it possible for people like us to be more knowledgeable about our religion. Ramadan Kareem

  • May Allah reward your effort with much success and bless all that add value to this site.

  • jaleel rasheed shakir

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    true believers and knowledge givers.

  • Abdishukri Omar

    May Allah be pleased with Ibn Al-Qayyim and all muslims who put their efforts on spreading the religion of Allah and May Allah unite muslims and revive the real spirit of Islam.

  • Faiz Akbar Khan

    May Allah reward you for making it possible for people like us to be more knowledgeable about our religion. Ramadan Kareem

  • Foqia

    jazak’Allah…
    may his soul rest in peace. ameen

  • nazneen

    assalaam ,it was like thirst been quenched while reading,allaah bless

  • Assalaamo alikum warhamatoAllah brother jazakAllah khier about butiful information,many thanks,and Allah bless you,and all of us

  • ISAH MUHAMMAD IKARA

    May the gentle souls of Ibn al Qayyim and his teachers rest in perfect peace.

  • Tahseen Haider

    May Allah bless for your efforts….would like to quote from Holy Quran:

    And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allah (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allah’s (Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” (33 Fussilat)

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  • Mustapha, Zubair

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  • ASRA KHAN

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  • muslimah

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  • Maryam Idris

    This is all we need in our lives. Being greedy and not contented with what Allah (S.W.T) has given us is a source of all major calamities on this world… May Allah give our hearts Qinaat

  • Anonymous

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    jazakumullahu khyran.

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