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Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“And a believer, if he commits a sin, then the punishment for that sin committed can be removed through ten ways:

1) He repents (i.e. does Tawbah) to Allah, so Allah accepts his repentance, for the one who repents from sin is like the one who has no sin.

2) He seeks forgiveness (i.e. Istighfar) from Allah, so Allah forgives him.

3) He does good deeds that erase his sin for good deeds erase bad ones.

4) His believing brethren pray for him or seek forgiveness for his sins during his life or after his death.

5) Or they [ask Allah] to bestow on him as a gift from the reward of their deeds, with which Allah benefits him.

6) His Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace of Allah upon him, intercedes for him.

7) Allah tests him with trials in this world which expiate his sin.

8) Allah tests him in the Barzakh (i.e. the intermediate life in the grave, between the death and the Day of Judgment) which expiates his sin.

9) Allah tests him in the various stages of the Day of Judgment which expiates his sins.

10) Or the Most Merciful of those who have mercy bestows His mercy upon him.

Whoever, then, is missed by these ten, then he cannot blame anyone but himself”.


[1] Majmou’ Al-Fataawa 10/45; Al-Tuhfa Al-Iraqiya fi Al-Amaal Al-Qalbiya 1/37 (Link 1Link 2Link 3Link 4)

[2] Lecture on quote by Sh. Waleed Idrees Al-Maneesi

[3] Translation adopted from original translators at Original site not opening but translation still available on several forums and facebook pages

[4] Benefited from:


قال شيخ الاسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله: (والمؤمن إذا فعل سيئة فإن عقوبتها تندفع عنه بعشرة أسباب:أن يتوب فيتوب الله عليه فإن التائب من الذنب كمن لا ذنب له،أويستغفر فيغفر له،أو يعمل حسنات تمحوها فإن الحسنات يذهبن السيئات،أو يدعوا له إخوانه المؤمنون ويستغفرون له حيا وميتا،أو يهدون له من ثواب أعمالهم ماينفعه الله به،أو يشفع فيه نبيه محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم،أويبتليه الله تعالى في الدنيا بمصائب تكفر عنه،أويبتليه في البرزخ بالصعقة فيكفر بها عنه،أويبتليه في عرصات القيامه من أهوالها بما يكفر عنه،أو يرحمه أرحم الراحمين، فمن أخطأ هذه العشره فلا يلومن إلا نفسه)ـ

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Ibn al-Qayim (may Allah shower him with Mercy) said:

“I have witnessed Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyah (may Allah bless his soul) whenever he left for Jum’ah (Friday prayers) he would take whatever he found in his home of bread or anything else, and would give it out secretly on his way as a charity.

And I heard him say: If Allah had ordered to present a charity whenever we privately consulted the Messenger of Allah [1] (peace and blessings of Allah upon him), then surely charity before [our] private consultation with Him is better and more virtuous [2]”.


[1] Refer to Surah al-Mujadilah 58:12

[2] Zaad al-Ma’ad 1/407

[3] Benefitted from:

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله: وشاهدت شيخ الإٍسلام ابن تيمية قدس الله روحه إذا خرج إلى الجمعة يأخذ ما وجد في البيت من خبز أو غيره فيتصدق به في طريقه سرا، وسمعته يقول: إذا كان الله قد أمرنا بالصدقة بين يدي مناجاة رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – فالصدقة بين يدي مناجاته أفضل وأولى بالفضيلة

Imam al-Nawawi (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said: «Oh Allah, set for your religion a man who breaks the Decorated Column [1], and destroys the Tomb which is in Jayroun [2]»

That was later fulfilled by the hands of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah shower him with Mercy).

Ibrahim ibn Ahmad al-Giyyani, the servant of Shaykh al-Islam, said:

“And it reached the Shaykh that all what was mentioned from innovations took place by the people at the (Decorated Column) located inside (al-Bab al-Sagheer) at (Darb al-Nafidaneen). So he prepared himself and stood, performed Istikhara to Allah about going out and breaking it.

His brother, the Shaykh, the Imam, the example, Sharafudin Abdullah ibn Taymiya, narrated to me and said: So we went out to break it, and the people heard that the Shaykh is coming out to break the Decorated Column, so many of them gathered with us.

He said: As we headed towards it, it was spread across the Lands that Ibn Taymiyah is headed to break the Decorated Column. The devil spread his screams across the Land, and the people’s uproar spread with different sayings, where one would say: «The spring of ‘Ayn Fījah would go dry! », and another would say: «Rain will stop falling, and trees will stop bearing fruits», and another says: «Ibn Taymiyah will never succeed after that», and others said different things.

Shaykh Sharafudin said: By the time we arrived to it, most of the people had distant themselves from us, lest they suffer a scourge or a tribulation, or that they would lose because of this some of the goods they have.

He said: So we stepped towards it, and announced to the Quarrymen: «Do away with this Idol»

However, none of them dared to step towards it.

He said: So the Shaykh and I took the axes from them, and started hitting at it, and saying: {"Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart."} [Al-Israa 17:81].

[Seeing this,] the people followed suit and started to hit it with us until we broke it. We found behind it two idols made of stone, carved and pictured, the length of each was about an inch and a half.

Shaykh Sharafudin said: al-Shaykh al-Nawawi had said: «Oh Allah, set for your religion a man who breaks the Decorated Column, and destroys that Tomb which is in Jayroun». So this is one of the Karamahs of al-Shaykh Muhidin (i.e. al-Nawawi). And thus we broke it and all praise is due to Allah, and people were not affected after that except with all goodness, and Praise be to Allah alone”. [3]


[1] Ibn Katheer (May Allah have mercy on him) said: (And in this particular month, al-Shaykh Taqi Al-Din Ibn Taymiyah went to the Naarinj Masjid and ordered his companions, and with them were the quarrymen, to cut down a rock located in the Qalot River, which used to be visited and vows were dedicated to it. He relieved the Muslims from it and from the Shirk that was committed through it, and removed from the Muslims a great source of doubt and danger. And because of this action and its likes, they envied him and demonstrated animosity towards him). Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya 14/36.

[2] Ibn Katheer (May Allah have mercy on him) said: (And it is a gate on the eastern side of the mosque of Damascus. Never was a Gate wider nor taller ever seen … from the wonders of the world. The Arabs made mention of it in their poetries, and it is attributed to King known as Jeyroun ibn Saad. It was built before the time of Ibrahim peace be upon him). Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya 14/253.

[3] Taken from a Treatise published by Shaykh Muhib al-Din al-Khateeb

[4] Benefitted from Sh. Abdurahman Al-Faqeeh (May Allah preserve him and reward him immensely):

[5] The Arabic Text:

تحققت دعوة الإمام النووي على يد شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية

قال الشيخ النووي: «اللهم أقم لدينك رجلاً يكسر العمود المخلّق(1)، ويخرب القبر الذي فيه جيرون(2)»ـ
فكان ذلك على يد شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله

قال خادم شيخ الاسلام: إبراهيم بن أحمد الغياني:ـ

فبلغ الشيخَ أن جميع ما ذكر من البدع يتعمدها الناس عند العمود المُخَلَّق الذي داخل (الباب الصغير) الذي عند (درب النافدانين). فشدَّ عليه وقام، واستخار الله في الخروج إلى كسره، فحدَّثني أخوه الشيخ الإمام القدوة شرف الدين عبدالله ابن تيمية قال: فخرجنا لكسره، فسمع الناسُ أن الشيخ يخرج لكسر العمود المخلّق، فاجتمع معنا خلق كثير. قال: فلما خرجنا نحوه، وشاع في البلدان: ابنُ تيمية طالعٌ ليكسر العمود المُخَلَّق، صاح الشيطانُ في البلد، وضجّت الناس بأقوال مختلفة، هذا يقول: «مابقيت عين الفيجة تطلع»، وهذا يقول: «ماينزل المطر، ولا يثمر شجر»، وهذا يقول: «ما بقي ابن تيمية يفلح بعد أن تعرَّض لهذا»، وكل من يقول شيئًا غير هذا.ـ

قال الشيخ شرف الدين: فما وصلنا إلى عنده إلا وقد رجع عنا غالب الناس، خشية أن ينالهم منه في أنفسهم آفة من الآفات، أو ينقطع بسبب كسره بعض الخيرات

قال: فتقدَّمنا إليه، وصِحنا على الحجَّارين: «دونكم هذا الصنم»ـ

فما جَسَر أحد منهم يتقدم إليه. قال: فأخذت أنا والشيخ المعاول منهم، وضربنا فيه، وقلنا: {جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا} [الإسراء: 81]. إن أصاب أحدًا منه شيء نكون نحن فداه. وتابعنا الناسُ فيه بالضرب حتّى كسرناه، فوجدنا خلفه صنمين حجارة مجسَّدة مصوَّرة، طول كل صنم نحو شبر ونصف

وقال الشيخ شرف الدين: قال الشيخ النووي: «اللهم أقم لدينك رجلاً يكسر العمود المخلّق، ويخرب القبر الذي فيه جيرون» فهذا من كرامات الشيخ محي الدين (أي النووي). فكسرناه ولله الحمد، وما أصاب الناس من ذلك إِلا الخير. والحمد لله وحده.انتهى من رسالة نشرها محب الدين الخطيب
ـ(1) قال ابن كثير رحمه الله: (وفي هذا الشهر بعينه راح الشيخ تقي الدين ابن تيمية إلى المسجد النارنج وأمر أصحابه ومعهم حجارون يقطع صخرة كانت بنهر قلوط تزار وينذر لها فقطعها وأراح المسلمين منها ومن الشرك بها، فأزاح عن المسلمين شبهة كان شرها عظيماً. وبهذا وأمثاله حسدوه وأبرزوا له العداوة) . البداية والنهاية 14/36

ـ(2) قال ابن كثير رحمه الله: (وهو باب شرقي جامع دمشق لم ير باب أوسع ولا أعلى منه.. من عجائب الدنيا، وقد ذكرته العرب في أشعارها، وهو منسوب إلى ملك يقال له جيرون بن سعد. كان بناؤه قبل الخليل عليه السلام) . البداية والنهاية 14/253



A beautiful aspect from the life of Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah shower him with Mercy) which shows how diligent he was in calling to Allah.

Imam Ibn Abdul-Hadi (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said:

“And when he (i.e. Shaykh Al-Islam) was imprisoned, he saw the other prisoners busying themselves with different kinds of play and distracting themselves from that which they are in, [with matters] such as [playing] chess, dice, and other things which caused them to miss [and neglect] their prayers.

So the Shaykh strongly denounced this from them, and  commanded them to adhere to prayers and to draw close to Allah with [various] righteous deeds, and to perform Tasbeeh (glorifying Allah), Istighfaar (asking Allah for forgiveness), and supplications. He taught them from the Sunnah that which they would need, and directed them towards acts of goodness, and kept encouraging them until the prison and all what’s in it turned to a place dedicated to knowledge and religion, much more than what can be found in many of the Zawaya, Rubt, Khawaaniq, and Madaaris (i.e. places dedicated to worship and learning). When a group of those imprisoned were released, they [refused to leave and] chose to stay [in prison] with him.

Those who would frequent him [in prison] were so plenty, to the point where the prison became filled with them”.


[1] Al-‘Uqood Al-Dariya fee Zikr Manaqib Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiya by Ibn Abdil Haadi p. 330-331

[2] Benefitted from our brother Abu Laila Al-Baqellany (May Allah reward him)

قال الإمام ابن عبد الهادي رحمه الله (( ولمّا دخل الحبس _ أي شيخ الإسلام _ وجد المحابيس مشتغلين بأنواع ٍمن اللعب يلتهون بها عمّا هم فيه كالشطرنج والنرد ونحو ذالك من تضييع الصلوات ، فأنكر الشيخ ذالك عليهم أشد الإنكار ، وأمرهم بملازمة الصلاة والتوجه إلى الله بالأعمال الصالحة ، والتسبيح ، والاستغفار ، والدعاء ، وعلّمهم من السنّة ما يحتاجون إليه، ورغّبهم في أعمال الخير ، وحضّهم على ذلك ، حتى صار الحبس بما فيه من الاشتغال بالعلم والدين ؛ خيرا من كثير من الزوايا ، والربط ، والخوانق ، والمدارس ، وصار خلق من المحابيس إذا أطلقوا يختارون الإقامة عنده ، وكثر المترددون إليه حتى كان السجن يمتلئ منهم ))
العقود الدرية في ذكر مناقب شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية لابن عبد الهادي ص330 / 331

Prison Light CG

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah have Mercy on him) said in ‘Al-Furqan bayn Awliya Al-Rahman wa Awliya Al-Shaytaan’ [1]:

The word Shar’ or Sharee’ah (law) when used to mean the Qur’an and the Sunnah, no ally of Allah nor anyone else has any right to go against it or beyond it. Whoever thinks that any ally of Allah has a route to Allah other than the following of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah upon him) internally and externally and therefore does not follow him internally and externally is a Kaafir (disbeliever).

Whoever uses the story of Musa and Al-Khidhr [2] as a basis for this proposition [3] is mistaken for two reasons:

1) One of them is, that Musa had not been sent to Al-Khidhr, and it was not obligatory upon Al-Khidhr to follow Musa. Rather, Musa was sent to the Children of Israel specifically, whereas Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah upon him) was sent with a general message for the two free-willed, the Humans and the Jinns. Even if those greater in stature than Al-Khidhr had met Prophet Muhammad, such as Ibrahim, Musa, or ‘Isa, it would have been obligatory upon them to follow him, so what about Al-Khidhr, whether we say that he was a prophet or [a non-prophet] ally of Allah? This is why Al-Khidhr said to Musa: "I have knowledge of the knowledge of Allah which He has taught me and which you do not know, and you have knowledge of the knowledge of Allah which He has taught you and which I do not know" [4]. And so it is not up to anyone, from among the Humans or the Jinns, to make such a statement once the Message of Prophet Muhammad has reached them.

2) The second is that, the three acts of Al-Khidhr reported in the Qur’an contain no violation of the Laws of Musa, although Musa did not understand at first the reasons which made them lawful. When he later clarified them to him, he agreed with him on what he did.

The puncturing of the boat and then patching it later was done for the benefit of its owners out of fear of that oppressor who wished to confiscate it [had it remained in mint condition], thus this was done as a favor to them, and is thus permissible.

The killing of al-Saa’il (i.e. attackers and transgressors) is allowed even if they are young, and if someone causing his parents to apostate cannot be prevented except through his death, it would be permissible to kill him. Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) said to Najdah Al-Haruuri [5] when he was asked about the killing of young boys:

"If you know about them what Al-Khidhr knew about the boy in the story, then kill them, otherwise do not kill them". Narrated by Al-Bukhari [6]

As for the good deeds done to the orphans [7] without anything in return, and being patient over hunger, then these are from the good virtuous acts in which there was no violation of the law of Allah.


[1] ‘Al-Furqan bayn Awliya Al-Rahman wa Awliya Al-Shaytaan’ by Ibn Taymiyah p. 112-113 (Daar Ibn Rajab) – Quote taken from English translation of book and Edited by Al-Sirat Al-Mustaqeem team, with footnotes added.

[2] The story was mentioned in Surat Al-Kahf (Chapter 18) and in some Prophetic traditions.

[3] This is in reply to the one who claims that one can transgress the bounds of the Sharee’ah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings upon him) and still be an ally of Allah, just as Al-Khidhr (Peace be upon him) did actions against Musa’s approval, and Musa (Peace be upon him) was a Prophet at the time, yet Al-Khidhr remained an ally of Allah. Ibn Taymiyah (May Allah shower him Mercy) points out the falseness of such claim.

[4] Authentic Tradition: Narrated by Al-Bukhari (4725, 4726, 4727, 3400, 3401), and Muslim (2380)

[5] He is Najdah ibn ‘Aamir Al-Haruri, one of the heads of the Khawaarij. He had statements which he adopted and followers who have perished. He was mentioned in Saheeh Muslim that he wrote a letter to Ibn Abbas asking him some question including the ruling on killing the Children who oppose them, so Ibn Abbas answered him back.

[6] Authentic Narration: Narrated by Muslim (1812), Abu Dawud (2727), Al-Tirmithi (1556), and Ahmad (1/224, 352).

[7] The re-building of their wall without any charge



The complete name of Shaykh Al-Islam (May Allah shower him with Mercy) is: Abu Al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Abdul Al-Haleem ibn Abdul Al-Salaam ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Al-Khidr ibn Muhammad ibn Al-Khidr ibn Ali ibn Abdullah, but he is more famously known as Ibn Taymiyah Al-Numairi Al-Haraani Al-Dimashqi Al-Hanbali.

Taymiyah (May Allah shower her with Mercy) was the mother of his great grandfather Muhammad.

She was a well known preacher and narrator, and this Noble House became attributed to her.

May Allah shower her Mercy


[1] Biography of Ibn Taymiyah from introduction of ‘Al-Furqan bayn Awliya Al-Rahman wa Awliya Al-Shaytaan’ (Dar ibn Rajab print) with the examination and commentary by Abu Amr Al-Athari

Shaikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyah –Rahimahu Allah- said: “And whoever his sins are plenty, then his greatest remedy is Jihad”


[1] Majmou’ Al-Fatawa 28/421

قال شيخ الإسلام بن تيمية رحمه الله: و من كان كثير الذنوب فأعظم دوائه الجهاد

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله :ـ

تأمّلت أنفع الدعاء فإذا هو سؤال الله العون على مرضاته

Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“I thought of the most beneficial supplication, and found it to be: asking Allah for Help on what pleases Him”.


[1] Madarij Al Salikeen by Ibn Al Qayim (Rahimahu Allah)

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