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)


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.