The great care of Ibn Taymiyyah for his student Ibn al-Qayyim

Once he detected his students sincere desire for knowledge and his selfless devotion to acquiring and spreading it, he began tending to him with various sorts of advices and guidance that would help him to develop his talents and increase his firm grounding as a scholar

These gems are mentioned by ibn al-Qayyim at various places throughout his books. The following are some examples.

1. In Miftah dar as-sa’adah he said, “Shaykh al- Islam, may Allah be pleased with him, told me after I began to mention to him one doubt after another, ‘Do not let your heart be like a sponge for all the doubts that pass by it, such that it drinks them up and is moistened only by them. Rather, let it be like solid glass; doubts pass over it but do not settle in it. Thus it will see them with its clearness and fend them off with its solidness. Otherwise, if you let your heart drink in every doubt that passes by you, it will become a resting place for doubts,’ Or he said something to that effect. I do not know of any advice that has brought me greater benefit in fending off doubts than this one”

2. In Madarij as-Salikin, he said, “Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said to me one time, ‘ When one understands that trials and misfortunes are inevitable, he will not get angry when they occur, nor will he grieve or feel sadness due to them’. [1] So when one is patient with those trials and does not let them break him, it is hoped that he will rise to the level of attainment ( of true servitude to Allah). His soul will become disciplined and will be content with Allah, and it will be weaned off its bad habits, until love of Allah will drench his heart and his soul and his limbs will all become obedient to the commands ( of Allah ). At that point, his heart will see sense that Allah is with him and is supporting him. His every motion and every pause will be through Allah, not by himself. His heart will receive many divine insights, such that he will appreciate Allah’s Divinity, His control of all things, and his Uniqueness. It is upon understanding of theses three qualities that all knowledge and fundamentals are based”

3. And ibn Taymiyyah would advise his student to not engage excessively in the permissible matters. Ibn al-Qayyim says concerning him, “One day, shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah sanctify his soul, said to me concerning some permissible matter, ‘This is in opposition to (achievement of) the highest ranks, even if giving it up is not a requirement for attaining salvation,’ or something similar to that.” So the knower (of Allah) will give up much of the permissible, in order to protect himself, particularly if that permissible matter is a barrier between the lawful and the unlawful

[1] The rest appears to be from the words of ibn al-Qayyim himself explaining of his shaykhs statement

(taken from ‘The Biograophy of Imam ibn al-Qayyim’
by Salahud-Din ‘Ali Abdul-Mawjud
translated by Abdul-Rafi Adewale Imam)

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Influence on Ibn al-Qayyim (part 1)

Shaykh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah revived the Salafi school of thought until it became the talk of all the people of Islaam throughout their various lands with the rare talents given to him by Allah and the command he possessed of the various sciences.
All this he did in ibn al-Qayyim’s presence.
He witnessed firsthand this new direction of thought which revolted against blind following, partisanship, Ilm al-kalam, and he gross errors in creed (existing at the time) and brought the ummah back to the way of the pious Predecessors (as-Salaf as-Salih).
It refers every dispute to Allah and the Messenger (saws)

It is inevitable that this would have a great impact on his students; he possessed the determination, the knowledge, and the sharp intellect to lead him to the straight path with the care of his Lord. Therefore, it was not likely that ibn al-Qayyim would turn away from this influence.

He developed a relationship with shaykh al-Islaam starting in very year of his arrival (from Egypt).
He attentively participated in his classes to take from his knowledge.

He accompanied him for sixteen years, all the while reading to him the various sciences. As a result of this lengthy companionship, he had a tremendous influence in the formation of his perspective, the development of his talents, the developments of an ardent desire in him for the understanding of the Book and the Sunnah and referring to Allah and His Messenger (saws) Thus he was the brightest star amongst his pupils and the most famous of tem. Hardly is the teacher, ibn Taymiyyah, ever mentioned except that his student, ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah is mentioned alongside him.

The light of these two notable scholars spread to the corners of the earth because of the vastness of their knowledge, the soundness of their ideology, and their revival of the Call to the Allah’s Straight Path. [1]

[1] ibn al-Qayyim, Hayatutu Wa Atharu (p. 78)

(taken from ‘The Biograophy of Imam ibn al-Qayyim’
by Salahud-Din ‘Ali Abdul-Mawjud
translated by Abdul-Rafi Adewale Imam


Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah had many students and those who were affected by him are many, some of his students were:

  • Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah,  Muhammad Ibn Abu Bakr
  • adh-Dhahabi, Muhammad Ibn Ahmad
  • al-Mizzi, Yusuf Ibn Abdur-Rahman
  • Ibn Kathir, Isma’eel Ibn Umar
  • Ibn Abdul-Hadi, Muhammad Ibn Ahmad
  • Al-Bazzar, Umar Ibn Ali
  • Ibn Qadi al-Jabal, Ahmad Ibn Husain
  • Ibn Fadlillah al-Amri, Ahmad Ibn Yahya
  • Muhammad Ibn al-Manj, Ibn Uthman at-Tanukhi
  • Yusuf Ibn Abdu-l-Mahmud Ibn Abdus-Salam al-Batti
  • Ibn al-Wardi, Zayn ad-Din Umar
  • Umar al-harrani, Zayn-ad-Din Abu Hafs
  • Ibn Muflih, Shams ad-Din Abu Abdullah

Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani said:
If there were no virtues of Shaykh Taqi ad-Deen except for his famous student Shaykh Shams ad-Deen ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, writer of many works, from which both his opponents and supporters benefited from then this would be a sufficient indication of his (ibn Taymiyyah’s) great position.