بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah The most Gracious The Most Merciful
“…this is my way with the kings and other than the kings”
Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), 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 Allah, 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 Allah, and if it is not accepted, then all praise is due to Allah. 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 Allah 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 Allah 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
The Shaykh used to wake up his children for Salaatul-Fajr… Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), his son Ahmad narrates: “The Shaykh used to call his children via the internal phone to wake them up for Salaat al-Fajr and when he called them, he would recite the (authentic and recommended) supplication:
al-Hamdu Lillaahil-lathee Ahyaanaa ba’da maa Amaatanaa wa ilayhin-nushoor (All praise is for Allaah who gave us life having taken it from us and unto Him is the resurrection) …since they were overcome by sleep, he would ask them to repeat this supplication until he felt sure they had woken up!” al-Imaam Ibn Baaz – duroos wa mawaaqif wa ‘ibar – Page 71
“O Shaykh, he (even) speaks about you and slanders you” Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Doctor Naasir ibn Misfir az-Zahraanee narrates: “Some students of knowledge came to the Shaykh complaining about a particular person. They explained his mistakes and some of the errors he has. So the Shaykh asked his assistant to begin taking notes so he could reprimand and advise this particular person.
Whilst the assistant was taking notes, one of the students added: “O Shaykh, he (even) speaks about you and slanders you”. At that moment, the Shaykh asked his assistant to stop taking notes, as he feared it may be said that the Shaykh sought revenge for himself.” Mawaaqif madhee.ah fee hayaat al-Imaam ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn Baaz – Page 204
“…implementing the Sunnah in all (his) affairs”
Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), Ibraaheem ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez ash-****hree 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
“By Allaah! He has never asked me about it…”
Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), 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
“I arrived in Riyadh on a cold night…”
Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), ‘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 Allah, I was unable to sleep (the rest of the night) due to weeping at such noble manners”.”