Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz
Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz (Arabic: عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن باز), also known as Bin Baaz, was the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999.
Raashid ar-Raajih narrates:
“Once, while I was in the presence of the Shaykh, a man came asking the Shaykh for (financial) assistance, so the Shaykh gave him a generous amount. However, the man was not satisfied, and said to the Shaykh “This is not enough for my needs”. So the Shaykh, most humbly and respectfully, said to him:
“Take it, and there will be barakah in it, with the permission of Allaah”.
And it appeared the man understood what the Shaykh had intended, so he took the money, thanking the Shaykh as he left.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 196)
Ibraaheem ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez ash-Shithree narrates:
“I was in the company of the Shaykh once when someone telephoned the Shaykh seeking a fatwa. Just at that time the mu.adhdhin began calling the adhaan, so the Shaykh said to the questioner:
“We shall now (listen and) respond to the adhaan”, and he placed the telephone handset down beside him.
When he finished responding to the (call of the) mu.adhdhin and (reciting) the well-known supplication after the adhaan, he turned to speak to the questioner (still waiting) on the phone and answered his question.
This is indicative of the Shaykh’s consciousness at implementing the Sunnah in all (his) affairs.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 213)
Sa’d ad-Daawood narrates:
“The Shaykh was very careful in how he spent his time;
If he was to travel by car to deliver a lecture or to (simply) attend a gathering, then a number of books would be read to him, (so much so that) I don’t know how many books have been read to him whereby he would make beneficial notes in them. And when he was asked about (all) this, he (simply) said:
“This is just to pass the time”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 194-195)
‘Abdullaah ibn Muhammad al-Mu’taaz narrates:
"Shaykh Muhammad Haamid who was the president of the group “As.haab al-Yameen” in Eritrea said:
“I arrived in Riyadh on a cold night, and did not have any (money) with which to pay for a hotel. So I thought about going to Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz’s house; the time was 3 o’clock in the morning (and) I was hesitant, but (finally) decided to go (to the Shaykh’s house).
I arrived outside his old mud-style house and found someone asleep by the gate. Having awoken, he opened the gate for me and I conveyed my greetings to him ever so quietly so that no-one (else) hears me since it was so late at night.
After a short while, I saw the Shaykh himself descending from the stairs with a pot of food. He extended greetings to me and gave me the food, saying:
“I heard your voice and brought this food for you, assuming you had not eaten this night”.
By Allaah, I was unable to sleep (the rest of the night) due to weeping at such noble manners”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 233)
Doctor Naasir ibn Misfir az-Zahraanee narrates:
“Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Ateeq, the one in-charge of the Shaykh’s finances was asked: “Has the Shaykh ever asked you about his salary, and when it was due, or when it was spent, or anything about it? And has he ever asked you about how much his salary is?”
The Shaykh responded: “By Allaah! He has never asked me about it, rather he would ask about the salaries of the other people, stipulating that it must not be late”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 223)
Saalih ibn Raashid al-Huwaymil narrates on the authority of one of the trustworthy (people):
“...that one day, one of the (hajj) pilgrims who came from one of the Soviet states entered the dwelling of the Shaykh (Ibn Baaz) in Minaa, and when he saw him he said:
“Are you Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz?”
And the Shaykh replied in the most humble manner:
“Yes, I am ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz.”
So the pilgrim conveyed his salaam to him and embraced him, and kissed his (fore)head and said:
“By Allaah, I used to pray that Allaah does not cause me to die until I see (meet) you”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 12-13)
Fahd al-Bakraan narrates:
“Many have narrated that when someone wants to depart from the gathering of the Shaykh at night, that the Shaykh would invite him to stay and join them for supper, as was his manner with all who visited him. And if anyone asked to be excused, then the Shaykh would immediately respond by saying:
“In that case, you must be scared of her (implying his wife), certainly if you deny this, then you would remain with us for supper.”
May Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) shower His immense Mercy upon him and enter him to Paradise, (aameen).” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 13)
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz (the Shaykh’s brother) mentioned:
“That his blood brother Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz used to maintain the ties of kinship with him and his parents ever since he was young.
He used to visit him regularly and ask about his health and used to kiss him on his (fore)head, when he used to live in the district of al-Badee’ah al-Qadeemah in Riyaadh.
And he used to ask about my children and encourage his (own) children to visit me, may Allaah have Mercy upon Abu ‘Abdullaah.
Ever since he was young he used to love knowledge and the scholars and used to be very giving towards them, such that he would always ask our mother (rahima-hallaah) for more during lunch and supper so that he could take it with him for his brothers (in Islaam) amongst the students of knowledge.
And we were young, and used to say to him:
“Why do you do that regularly?”
And he (rahima-hullaah) would say:
“Indeed Allaah is Most Giving and will make easy our affairs in provision”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 29)
Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ibn Saalih al-‘Ubaylaan narrates:
“Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) stood out from the rest in the manner he would offer advice, and how he refuted those who differed with him.
I once asked him in a large gathering:
“There are many who differ (with you, yet) all of them love the noble Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz. We would like to know the reason for that. What is it that Allaah has blessed Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz with which causes love in their hearts for him?”
So he responded:
“I do not know of anything except that – and all praise is due to Allaah – ever since I have come to know the truth during my youth I have called/invited to it, and I remain patient at whatever befalls me in that regard. And I do not favour anyone in that regard and nor do I adulate anyone in that regard. I speak the truth and remain patient at whatever befalls me. If it is accepted, then all praise is due to Allaah, and if it is not accepted, then all praise is due to Allaah. This is the path I have set out for myself, (both) verbally and (in) written (form) – whoever accepts it - accepts it, and whoever rejects it - rejects it. So long as I am upon clear understanding, so long as I am upon (sound) knowledge in that which I (firmly) believe, then I say (what I say) and whoever from the people differs with me, then for them is their ijtihaad. Allaah grants a mujtahid two rewards if he is correct and one reward if he errs. So I do not know of any other reason except this – that I call/invite to the truth according to my ability – and all praise is due to Allaah – and I propagate it (both) verbally and by action, and I do not admonish and nor do I cause (any) harm. If I am able, rather, I pray that Allaah grants him success and guidance – this is my way with the kings (leaders) and other than the kings”.” (Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 25)
Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Muhammad ibn Daawood narrates:
“I used to walk with the Shaykh (rahima-hullaah) from Jaami’ al-Imaam Turkee ibn ‘Abdullaah to his house, and he asked me about my Qur.aan recitation. So I told him that I read it from time to time, but I don’t have a specific amount which I read everyday. So he directed me to take a set portion from the Qur.aan everyday, even if it is a little. This is because whoever has a set daily portion will (in time) complete the Qur.aan, however, whoever does not have a set (daily) portion, then he could complete the Qur.aan very quickly, or many months may pass whereby he would not have completed the Qur.aan.
He then gave me an example, saying:
“Whoever reads an entire juz (part) daily, then he will complete the Qur.aan in a month, and whoever reads two juz (daily, will complete the Qur.aan) in fifteen days and so on”.”
(Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz - Page 25)