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Book Review 8: Majmu Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah : Anwar al Awlaki On-Line

Book Review 8: Majmu Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah

August 1, 2008 - الجمعة 29 رجب 1429 by Anwar alAwlaki  
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I would not have been able to order this book. There was a brother who was transferred from a prison in Saudi Arabia to our prison, and he had the fatawa with him. The original print of the fatawa is 35 volumes but this brother had a condensed version that was 5 volumes. The pages where very thin and the print was very small. The brother told me that he had the fatawa and that the prison was holding it. I really wanted to get a hold of it so I asked him to try his best to convince the Prison Head to hand it over to him. It took some time, but eventually he got it and was able to sneak it in for me. Having such a reference in prison is a rarity, and when some of the students of knowledge who where in there heard about this, they were adamantly asking me to lend them some of the volumes. In fact, when I was being released, while I was walking out of the jail, one brother risked walking out of the wing where he was housed to get within my line of sight to wave to me and yell out his request to leave the fatawa for him.  I did.  But because I had to ask the prison guard who was with me to give it to him, I wonder whether he received it or not. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete it all before I was released.

The fatawa are a recent compilation of various works by Ibn Taymiyyah. It mainly includes his verbal answers to fatawa that were presented to him. It also includes some of his books and letters. Contrary to what the title seems to suggest, it is not a reference on fiqh alone, but also includes aqeedah, tafsir, usool al hadith, usool al fiqh, fiqh and spiritual aspects.
The verbal answers Ibn Taymiyyah would give to the questions presented to him are a testimony of the vast knowledge of this great Imam. He would start by mentioning all the verses and hadith relating to the topic and then mention the opinions of the Imams of the four schools of thought. He would even mention the various opinions that might exist within the school itself. Then he would discuss the evidence and give his fatwa.
Ibn Taymiyyah led a life of study, teaching, enjoining good and forbidding evil, and also jihad. He participated in jihad against the Mongols. He was also courageous in his advice to the rulers of his time and spoke out about their mistakes. Ibn Taymiyyah was chosen by Allah to go through the trials of prison a few times. He was patient and steadfast, and wrote some wonderful letters from jail including comments about his experience as a prisoner. Ibn Kathir, in his ten-volume work on history, wrote a eulogy for Ibn Taymiyyah that happens to be the longest and most detailed eulogy in his entire work. He said that the janazah of Ibn Taymiyyah was the greatest janazah that Damascus has witnessed – a sign from Allah of the righteousness of this great Imam.
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28 Responses to “Book Review 8: Majmu Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah”
  1. MuslimahNo Gravatar says:

    JazakaALLAHu khair, omg how exciting must of that been to be in a place full of keen students of knowledge, suhannAllah the books our at our feet and nobody strives to get any of it, and when we do get it, it just sits on our pretty book shelfs gathering dust.
    أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ”.

  2. Muhammad MalikNo Gravatar says:

    Alssam-o-Alaikom brother. May Allah bless you for sharing such knowledge with us.

  3. AhmedNo Gravatar says:

    MashaAllah, the skiekh was not only a scholar but also a mujahid. may allah have mercy on him. and now this so call scholars picked by the dictators are doing everything to keep the youth from this great act of hasanat.
    jazaaka Allu kair for this Anwar. my allah protect you. and please keeep doing the good work you’re doing. we really need you to uplift the spirit of the ummah. bring the vidoes and audio.

  4. imranNo Gravatar says:

    Assalam Alaikum Dear brother, can you suggest me some good source of islamic learning in english. websites or some other source jazakallah.

  5. Kashif AminNo Gravatar says:

    Asalaamu Alaykum
    Please keep the book reveiws coming. They are facinating and enlightening insights into lives and worlds of some of the best people who have ever lived. May they all be rewarded (along with Imam Anwar) the highest levels of Jannah.

  6. Mohammed HassanNo Gravatar says:

    Imam anwar, every time i read how it was for you inside prison, im reading and feel like im actually there with you, which makes me love you more for the sake Allah!, please continue sharing your knowledge with us and cant wait for the next review as it is in english, Jazak Allahul Khair and may Allah protect you from all evil. Assalamou alaykum.

  7. Abu TalhaNo Gravatar says:

    Assalmu alaikum wa rahmatullah

    Ya Imam, is there any way I can get in contact with you, i.e. via email. There are some questions I want to ask you. I love you for the sake of Allah, and have been following your lectures and am convinced you’re one of the best English speaking du’aat out there. Please Imam, I would be grateful if you could let me know. May Allah bless you, ya sheikh, and keep you safe. Ameen.


  8. Asin BaigNo Gravatar says:

    Assalam alaykum
    Excellent book review, please keep them coming brother and thank you for sharing knowledge with us, May Allah reward you :)

  9. AdnanNo Gravatar says:

    to Imran

    free pdf form books, by great scholars of Islam, ibn Taymiyaah, ibn Katheer, Ibn Qayyim, Muhammad ibn abdul Wahab, and many others, check link below

  10. Abu Musa Al-KuwaityNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu ‘Alaykum,
    Shaykh May Allah bless you for all your great efforts and works. I’ve always left your lectures with some benifit. Hamil Al-Misk LOL… Shaykh I have a request though that I believe a person with your insight and abilities should address, and it is doing a lecture series on Allah’s names. I think this would be another classic lecture series. Jizak Allah khair.

  11. MahtiaNo Gravatar says:

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,
    Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

    Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, may Allah Grant you Jannatul Firdaus. May Allah reward Sheikh Al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah with the best in Aakhirah.

  12. amaalNo Gravatar says:

    thank you for the knowledge you share with us i never thouht i will get chance to write you but alhamdulilah ever since i listen your lectures they changed my life,may allah swt reward you for that& make a place for you jannatul fardows allahuma ameen

  13. amaalNo Gravatar says:

    aslamu aleykum sheikh anwar please keep the good work we need you
    jazakalahu kheyr

  14. gulet mohammedNo Gravatar says:

    may allah reward ….. you are the best imam by far. but sheikh you have to have something where we can see you. something like posting a video on youtube and you answering questions from emails something in that nature. allah being my witness i always listen to one of your lectures everyday and i just finished the battles. MY TEACHER MY IMAM I LOVE YOU FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH .. AND on the day of resurrection i hope allah well put me with you b/c i love you for the sake of allah…

    last thing sheikh can u please do the split between sunni and shi’a jazakalahu kheyr

  15. Abu HafsaNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamualikum warahmatullah wabarakayuhu

    Imam Anwar.. Can you please deliver more lectures..?

    My Ipod still has 11GB of free space which needs filling.

    May Allah preserve you ameen.

  16. Abdul AzeezNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Jazakallah Khair for sharing the knowledge about our great imam Ibn Taymiyyah. Please continue your excellent work.

  17. anwarNo Gravatar says:

    ABu Talha,
    On the page on the right hand side under the catagory “pages” you should find a contact button. You can email me from there.

  18. dailyremindersNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    JazaaKAllah khairan Shaykh for this review.
    May Allah release those brothers who were with you in the prison and deliver them to safety. And may Allah assist our sister Aafia Siddiqui and free her from the shackles of oppression. Ameen

  19. khalidNo Gravatar says:

    Assalam Alaykum,

    I saw this book for sale at an islamic website. Are you looking for a copy?

    JazakAllah Khair

  20. Talib Al-Amin DhakirNo Gravatar says:

    As-salaamu alaikum….I tried searching for the book online & found one site…but 21 volumes in total for about $260:

  21. ataaNo Gravatar says:

    asalaam laikum

    my muslima broders how is your ramadan

    i hope you have a nice eid sheik anwar

  22. SabirNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Ramadhan Mubarak, Happen to listen to many of you lectures. May Allah reward you for the good work. Insha Allah waiting for Medinan Period part2.

  23. Shabir Ahmad ShahNo Gravatar says:

    Assalaam o Alaikum, Dear readers Al-Mujahid walmujtahid Shaikh ul Islam Hazrat Allama Imam Ibne Taymiyyah was such a great personality that truely speaking, the people like us are not eligible to comment upon his personality. His every deed was for seeking the willingness of Allah Almighty and has not allowed his personal emotions and bias in it. Therefore the Muslims from every Madhab speak his name with a great respect. This great personality is known by his pupils. May Allah bless him. Furthermore, I am deeply grateful to you for sharing your knowledge with us. May Allah Almighty keep you happy forever. Wassalaam

  24. AbdullahNo Gravatar says:

    السلام عليكم

    May Allah Bless you Shiekh Anwar and reward you for your efforts,i ask you for more lectures Shiekh we are in need of weekley uptades Sheikh,i mean if we look at the media we see weekly shows of songs etc so why cant it be the opposite !!

    and to everyone who commented on this site including me and the visitors who are reading the comments and who came across this comment please please spread this site to all the people you know and take part in propogating Islam…May Allah Bless you.

  25. jassimNo Gravatar says:

    assalamu alaikum ,
    May allah bless you for sharing islamic knowledge with us . please continue ur lectures that may boost weak hearts like mine . JazakAllah Khair


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