Ibn Taymiyyah’s Attitude Upon Entering Prison

It was related that when Ibn Taymiyyah was being transported by the ruler’s representative to prison in Alexandria, a bystander saw him and said: “My master, this is the time for patience.”

So, Ibn Taymiyyah looked at him and replied: “Rather, this is the time to be thankful. By Allah, such joy and happiness are descending upon my heart at this moment that if it was divided between the people of Sham and Egypt, there would be some left over, and if I had that amount in gold and distributed it, it would not equal even a tenth of the blessing that I am experiencing.”

Later on, on Monday the 6th of the month of Sha’ban 726 AH, he was again arrested on orders from the ruler, and was ordered transferred to the Citadel Prison in Damascus. When he first learned of this, he said: “I was waiting for this, and this contains great benefit.” When he was later in the prison, he said: “If this prison was exchanged for its weight in gold, I would not consider this to be enough to repay this blessing I am in and the good that it has brought me.”

When he entered the grounds of the Citadel Prison in Damascus, he stood and looked at its walls, reciting the verse: {“…So a wall will be put up between them with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy, and from the outside, it will be torment.”} [al-Hadid; 13]

[See Ibn ‘Abd al-Hadi’s ‘al-‘Uqud ad-Durriyyah’; p. 177-178, 365, as well as p. 44 of Ibn al-Qayyim’s ‘al-Wabil as-Sayyib’]

9 Responses to “Ibn Taymiyyah’s Attitude Upon Entering Prison”

  1. May Allah protect you, bro. Keep the faith.

  2. Khalil al-akh Abu Sabaayaa Says:

    May Allah increase your likes, and unite us under the shade of His throne on the day which one will find no shade except under His throne, and allow us to be companions fil firdaws,

    Ameen thuma Ameen

  3. fulaan Says:

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    Allaahu akbar. May Allaah have mercy on the Shaykh and grant Him and you Jannatul Firdaws.

  4. Muhib Abu Sabaayaa Says:

    akhee al-azeez
    may Allah love and protect you !

  5. 'Allaan Says:

    . . . and whomever has taqwa of Allah, he will surely grant him an escape out of every difficulty . . .

    may Allah protect you

  6. hafidhaakallaahu ta’aalaa, abu sabaayaa

  7. As salaamu’alaykum .

    How many of the Prophets fought (in God’s way), and with them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in God’s way, nor did they weaken (in will) or give in. And God loves those who are firm and steadfast. The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 3, Verse 146

    May Allaah grant you steadfastness ameen.

  8. Awwal Sayaya Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum. May Allah increase us in iman, and make us to fear nothing and non but He.

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