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|DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/10/01 at 17:51:09|
|In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR OFFERS CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN
World-renowned Islamic scholar dies following evening prayers in Mecca
(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/10/2001) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, today offered its
condolences on the death of noted Islamic scholar Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh
Al-Uthaymeen who passed away following evening prayers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
"To Allah we belong, and to Him we return. On behalf of the entire CAIR board
of directors and staff, I offer the deepest sympathy and condolences for this
great loss to Muslims worldwide," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad quoted the Prophet Muhammad who said: "After
the death of a person his actions stop, except for three things that he leaves
behind. First, continuous charity. Second, knowledge from which some benefit
may be obtained, and [third]...a virtuous child who prays for him."
"Sheikh Al-Uthaymeen left us a storehouse of knowledge that will benefit
future generations of Muslims," said Ahmad.
According to the Al-Haramain Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, funeral
prayers for Sheikh Al-Uthaymeen will be held Thursday in Mecca.
- END -
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003
|Re: DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/11/01 at 01:19:20|
A brother sent this.
Bismillaah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem
as-Salaamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu
It was announced between Maghrib and Isha today, 10th January, 2001 CE by Sh.
Abu Bakr Al-Jazairi, that al-Imaam Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen
passed away shortly after the `Asr prayer in Jeddah, SA. The Shaikh had been
ill for a while due to cancer and was receiving treatment for this ailment.
He was 74. Innaa lillaahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. His janaazah will be held
tomorrow Thursday the 16 of Shawwaal 1421 in Makkah, insha`Allaah.
There are no sufficient words to say as our ummah witnesses yet another major
blow in the loss of this great and noble scholar and we seem to be living in
the time as prophesied by our leader and teacher Muhammad sallallaahu 'alaihi
May Allaah shower His Mercy upon the Shaykh, overlook his shortcomings, and
multiply the reward of his good deeds. May He illuminate and widen his grave,
strengthen him at the time of questioning, grant him a swift and easy
account, resurrect him in the company of the al-Anbiyaa`, as-Siddiqeen,
ash-Shuhadaa` and as-Saaliheen, and what an excellent company that is. May
Allaah grant him Jannatal-Firdaws. Aameen.
I thought it might be beneficial for us to be reminded of the noble life of
our beloved Shaykh at the time when thought of him are strongest.
A Brief Biography of Shaykh "Uthaymeen [may Allah have mercy upon him]
The First Matter: His Name.
Muhammad ibn Salih ibn Muhammad ibn 'Uthaymeen.
The Second Matter: His Kunya and Title.
He is known as Abu 'Abdullah, and carried the titles al-Muqbil al-Wuhaybee
The Third Matter: His Lineage.
He was born amongst a family renowned for their Deen and virtuous nature.
Indeed, he was placed under the tutelage of several individual family
members. For instance, his maternal grandfather, Shaykh 'AbdurRalunan ibn
Sulaymaan Aala Daamigh (may Allah have mercy upon him). He studied the
Qur'an under his instruction and then committed it to memory. Shaykh
'AbdurRahman then orientated him towards the
acquisition of knowledge. He was thereafter educated in the disciplines of
writing, arithmetic, and the various fields of humanities.
The Fourth Matter: His Date of Birth.
Shaykh Abu 'Abdullah was born in the city of 'Unayzah, one of the cities
situated in the region of Qaseem, on the 27th of the blessed month of Ramadan
in the year 1347 H.
The Fifth Matter: His Development and acquisition of knowledge.
Verily the Shaykh was furnished with intellect, righteousness, and lofty
aspirations. In addition, he was blessed with an ardent devotion for the
acquisition of knowledge [evidenced] by his yearning [to adhere] to the
gatherings of the 'Ulamaa. The Shaykh did not undertake a journey in the
quest for knowledge save to the city of Riyadh, when the Public Institutes of
Knowledge were founded in the year 1372 H. He thereupon became affiliated to
them. The following paragraph depicts the fashion in which the Shaykh was
educated amongst the presence of the 'Ulamaa.
The Sixth Matter: His Scholars:
Amongst the foremost of those Scholars was ash-Shaykh al-'Allamah al-Muffasir
al-Faqeeh 'AbdurRahman ibn Naasir al-Sa'dee. He appointed two individuals
from amongst his students to instruct the younger members of his gatherings.
Their names were Shaykh 'Ali al-Saalihee and Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abd-al'Aziz
Under their tutelage, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-'Uthaymeen studied the
book entitled: Mukhtasar al-'Aqeedah al-Waasiteeyah, authored by Shaykh
'AbdurRahman ibn Naasir al-Sa'dee. He was also educated in the book
entitled: Minhaaj al-Saalikeen fee al-Fiqh, also authored by Shaykh
al-Sa'dee. Furthermore, he studied the works entitled: al-Aajaroomeeyah and
al-Alfeeyah in the discipline of grammar and morphology.
Shaykh 'Uthaymeen [may Allah preserve him] acquired benefit in his pursuit of
knowledge from numerous Scholars, from amongst them:
 Shaykh 'AbdurRahman ibn Naasir al-Sa'dee, died in the year 1376 H. The
renowned Qur'anic commentator, who authored the eminent Tafseer entitled:
Tayseer al-Kareem al-Rahman fee Tafseer Kalaam al-Manaan, consisting of eight
The methodology traversed by Shaykh 'AbdurRahman al-Sa'dee was one which had
departed from the methodology pursued by the 'Ulamaa of the Arabian Peninsula
- 'Ulamaa of Najd - their commonality, or the greater portion of them. This
is evident by reason of their dependence upon the Hanbali Madhab in the
secondary matters connected to Fiqh related rules and regulations. In
addition, their reliance upon the
book entitled: Zaad al-Mustanqi,'conceming the Fiqh of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
Accordingly, Shaykh al-'Allamah 'AbdurRahman al-Sa'dee was well known for his
departure from the Hanbali Madhab, and his refusal to unconditionally ascribe
to numerous issues founded upon it.
The methodology adhered to by Shaykh al-Sa'dee is primarily composed of the
adoption of the opinions of Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah and his pupil Ibn
al Qayyim. For he granted them preference over the opinions of the Hanbali
Madhab. Hence, he did not rigidly confine himself to a particular Madhab,
rather his allegiance was towards the truth. This attribute which was
ingrained within him was then
transferred to his pupil, Muhammad al-Salih al'Uthaymeen.
 Shaykh 'Abd-al'Aziz ibn 'Abdullah ibn Baaz, the 'General Mufti of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,' and 'President of the Senior Body of Scholars.'
The Shaykh exploited his residency in Riyadh by studying under the guidance
of Shaykh 'Abd-al'Aziz bin Baaz. He received instruction from the book
entitled: Saheeh al-Bukhari, in addition to several treatises authored by
Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah, and certain works concerning the science of
 Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen ibn Muhammad al-Mukhtaar al-Juknee alShanqeetee,
died in the year 1393 H. The Qur'anic commentator and linguistic, author of
the acclaimed, renowned commentary entitled: Adhwaa al-Bayan fee
Iydhaah al-Quran bi al-Quran.
 Shaykh 'Ali ibn Hamid al-Saalihee, whose life has not ceased to continue,
may Allah extend it further and beautify his actions.
 Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abd-al 'Aziz al-Mutawwa,'may Allah have mercy upon
 Shaykh 'AbdurRahman ibn 'Ali ibn 'Awdaan, may Allah have mercy upon him.
 Shaykh 'AbdurRahman ibn Sulaymaan Aala Damigh, may Allah have mercy upon
him, the maternal grandfather of the Shaykh.:
The Seventh Matter: His Students:
It is not possible to enumerate the sum total of students who are studying
under the Shaykh. This is so by virtue of the excessive congestion observed
during his gatherings, this has been particularly evident in recent years,
excess of five hundred students of various abilities are in attendance during
particular lessons. A collection of his prominent students have been listed
in an independent
biographical account present in the periodical entitled: Majjalah al-Hikmah,
issue 2. Recourse to the periodical is therefore advised in order to obtain a
The path of education adhered to by the Shaykh, the one traversed upon, the
methodology adopted by him from the moment of his appointment to instruct in
al-Jaami'a al-Kabeer, proceeding his Shaykh, for a period in excess of
thirty-five years, is to be found in a particular mode. For it is founded
upon the considerable emphasis the Shaykh attaches to the memorization of
texts. He demands that the student engages in the act of memorization in
each lesson and then personally verifies this process. Indeed the Shaykh
censures the one who attends his lesson and neglects
the aspect of memorization. Verily, many individuals have committed to
memory numerous texts, both dispersed and systemized in nature, under the
instruction of the Shaykh.
The Eighth Matter: His Character and Attributes:
The Shaykh (may Allah protect him) has clarified his methodology, for he has
publicly elucidated it on numerous occasions. He has adhered to the path
which was traversed by his Shaykh, al-'Allamah 'AbdurRahman ibn Naasir
Shaykh 'Uthaymeen said: I was influenced to a considerable degree by my
Shaykh, 'AbdurRahman al-Sa'dee, in relation to the principles of instruction,
the exposition of knowledge, and his method of facilitating student
cognizance by means of examples and pointers of elucidation. In addition, I
was impressed and touched by virtue of his noble manners and etiquettes. For
Shaykh 'AbdurRalunan (may Allah have mercy upon him) possessed an exemplary
standard of conduct, in addition to a significant degree of knowledge and
actions pertaining to worship. He would joke amongst
the youngsters and laugh amongst the elders, for he was the most noble I have
observed in conduct.
The Ninth Matter: His Dedication to Teaching:
Shaykh 'AbdurRahman al-Sa'dee passed away in'Unayzah in the year 1376 H at an
age approaching sixty-nine years. Upon his death a group of Scholars were
nominated to assume the Imamate in his Mosque, al-Jaami'a al-Kabeer. Never
the-less, they did not occupy that position save for a very short period of
time. Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-'Uthaymeen was then nominated for the
Imamate at a time when he had assumed the station of instruction which was
previously occupied by his former Shaykh.
Later, He was presented with an opportunity to assume a position in the
judiciary by Shaykh Muhammad ibn lbraheem Ala Shaykh (may Allah have mercy
upon him), the [former] Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He insisted
that His Eminence ought to assume this responsibility, indeed he published
his decision that the Shaykh be designated the position of 'President of the
Shareeah Court' situated in the city of Ahsa'a. Never-the-less Shaykh
al-'Uthaymeen requested an exemption from this designation. It was after a
series of requests and personal communiqués, that Shaykh Muhammad accepted
his refusal to assume a position in the judiciary.
When he began to teach, a great number of students from inside and outside
Saudi Arabia benefited from him. He has his own unique style of
interpretation and explanation of religious issues. He is from among those
scholars who serve Islaam without any type of religious prejudice and keep
themselves away from the limitations of blind-following. He is distinguished
in his great exertion of effort (Ijtihaad)
in religious matters and analogical deductions (Qiyaas) which clearly prove
the religious understanding he possesses, and his correct usage of the
Fundamentals of the Religion (Usool ad-Deen).
In giving religious verdicts (Fataawaa), like Shaikh Ibn Baaz, his rulings
are based on evidence from Qur'an and Sunnah. He has about fifty
compilations to his credit.
Presently, he is teaching Religious Fundamentals (Usool ad-Deen) at the
Sharee'ah Faculty of Imaam Muhammad Bin Sa'ud Islaamic University, Qaseem
Branch. He is also a member of the Senior Scholars Committee of Saudi
Arabia, and is the Imam and Khateeb of the Grand masjid in the City of Unaiza.
The Tenth Matter: His Works:
The Shaykh did not concern himself with the field of authorship until the
year 1383 H, when he composed his first book entitled: Fath Rabb al-Bariyyah
al-Hamaweeyah. This work was an abridgment of a book authored by Shaykh
al-Islaarn ibn Taymiyyah entitled: al-Hamaweeyah fee al-'Aqeedah. It has been
mentioned that his knowledge based authorship is equal to fifty-five works.
The majority of which consist of small treaties.
The Eleventh Matter: His Creed and Methodology:
Sheikh Uthaymeen, is one of the foremost defenders and upholders of the
methodology of Ahlis Sunnah wa'al Jama'ah in our time.
The Twelfth Matter: His Death:
Our noble sheikh passed from our world to the next between maghrib and Isha
on the 15th of Shawwaal 1421.
The Thirteenth Matter: Independent Biographies:
Please refer to the reference below.
The Fourteenth Matter: Biographical Skurces:
For a comprehensive account of various aspects of our sheikhs biography, the
reader is advised to consult the periodical Majjalah al-Hilanah, issue 2.
This issue includes
an extended biographical account of the Shaykh (may Allah protect him),
consisting of thirty pages in length. As well as the upcoming articles that
will no doubt be compiled and written at this time and in the near future.
May Allah forgive me for any errors in relating this beneficial information.
Assalamu aleikum wa rahmat'Allah.
|Re: DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/11/01 at 15:00:49|
|May Allah shower his mercy on shiekh ibn Utheimeen|
It is reported on Islam-on-line that shiekh Ibn Utheimeen passed away
after Maghrib prayer (today Shawal 15, 1421..... Jan, 10, 2001) in
May Allah shower his mercy on our shiekh and grant his family and
muslims all over the world patience.
|Re: DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/11/01 at 17:25:45|
|I'm closing the second thread on this subject Inshallah. Here are the posts in that thread:|
Post by muhannad
Muhammad al-Uthaymin (Rahimahullah)
Date posted: 01/10/01 at 16:33:21 IP:184.108.40.206
as-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah
It is with great sadness that I convey the news of the death of our dear shaikh Muhammad Salih
Al-Uthaymin, who passed onto his Lord today after Maghrib. They will pray Janazah for him tomorrow in
the Haram, Makka.
To Allah we belong and to him we shall return
Post by ki
Re: Muhammad al-Uthaymin (Rahimahullah)
Date posted: 01/11/01 at 11:49:53 IP: 220.127.116.11
Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Assalamu alaikum to all my brothers and sisters
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raaji'oon
May Allah bless his soul and forgive his sins and continue rewarding him after his death for all the
knowledge he has helped us and will inshaAllah help us gain through his books, ameen.
May Allah bless us all with knowledge and guide us to be a better ummah.
Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of that the hands of men have earned, that (God) may give them a taste of some of their deeds in order that they may turn back (from evil). (Surah al-Room:41)
|Re: DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/12/01 at 03:08:33|
|This is what I received:|
Allah Says in the Qur'an
"Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger,
some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil),
but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,-
Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return"
They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord,
and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance. " 2:155-157
And of the signs of the Day of Judgment is that
"Knowledge will be taken away (by the death of Scholars), and ignorance will prevail."
The Great Scholar
Sheikh Muhammad bin Saulih bin Uthaimeen Rahemahuullahu Has Died
We ask Allah to have Mercy on his soul, forgive him of his short commings,
Grant him a place with the Prophets, the Scholars, the Mujahids
of this Deen in Jennahatul Firdous, May Allah Preserve his family and students, Ameen
The loss of this Great Sheikh at this time is indeed a loss to us.
Please make Dua'ah for him constantly...
|Re: DEATH OF SHEIKH AL-UTHAYMEEN|
|01/12/01 at 14:09:32|
I got this in an email...
Shaikh Saalih Ibn Othaimeen..
Thu, 11 Jan 2001
Assalam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh,
Hope you're all doing well.
Today,one of our greatest scholars passed away.Shaikh Saalih Ibn Othaimeen died after
suffering from cancer for several months.May Allah accept all his good deeds and may He
keep us on the Straight path even after his death. A request from allof you is to please
keep the Shaikh in your prayers,since we all have benefitted from His fatawa and
knowledge.With the death of such great scholars as Shaikh Ibn Baaz, Shaikh Albaani and
Sayyid Sabiq,'Ilm is being taken away from this Earth.This,in itself,is a sign of
Dear brothers and sisters in Islam,Shaikh Saalih was such a great personality.He lived in
a mud-house with palm trees for the roof and he had a hand-made fan.No ACs,beds etc.
Can you imagine that?The King offered a palace to be built for him but he refused!How
many of us would refuse luxury??Sadly,...none of us.He never even went to the King's
palace,rather the King came to him..Allah gives 'Izzah to His true servants.
During the life of Shaikh Saalih Ibn Othaimeen, a woman in Qaseem dreamt of 20 fallen
stars from the sky. Shaikh Ibn Othaimeen was asked to interpret this, and he said that it
means that 20 scholars will die very soon. And, right then, he counted 12 of such great
scholars who had already passed away within this year alone,Subhan Allah. So,as I
mentioned earlier,'Ilm is slowly going away.May Allah keep us on Islam.
May Allah Subhaanahu wa ta'aala bestow His Mercy upon Shaikh Salih Ibn Othaimeen
and may He make his scale of good deeds heavy on the Day of Judgment.May Allah make
us followers of the Rasool sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam and may He make us of Saaliheen.
Your sister in Islam,
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