Shaikh Bin Baz (رحمه الله و تعالى) was from amongst the great scholars of our time, well known and recognised for his modesty and humbleness. The following is an occurrence narrated from his lifetime.
It was the case that individuals of the rank and responsibilty of the Shaikh were provided private cars on behalf of the Country, such cars would be provided for a certain period until they would be replaced by an updated model. When the allotted time period would expire on the car of the Shaikh it would be said to him that it requires to be replaced, so the Shaikh would say, “What’s wrong with it?”, he would be told that nothing is wrong, but rather it is procedure to provide a new car after certain periods of time. So then the Shaikh would be asked, “What model of car would you like to replace it with?”. So the Shaikh would ask, “What models are there?”. He would be told there is Cadillac, Mercedes, Ford etc etc….and so the Shaikh would say, “What about a Caprice?”, he would be told that a Caprice is not a befittingly high-end model of car for his station and rank, so the Shaikh would reply, “Why?! Isn’t the grave we will all end up in the same?”. Such is the example of the modesty of the scholars, in the first instance the Shaikh is questioning as to why he even requires to have a new car, and then he requests a model that may be considered lower than the superior models.
The modest and humble nature of the scholars is a beautiful characteristic; in this short example we will witness the good humour and love between two of the great mountains of our time – Shaikh al-Albany and Shaikh bin Baz رحمهما الله. It is a narration of an incident that took place regarding the speed limits of driving, an incident well known to many already, however we will mention it in order that we recognise and remind ourselves of the good natured humour and characteristics of our scholars.
On one occasion one of the students was sitting with Shaikh al-Albany in his car, and the Shaikh was speeding somewhat in driving the car, so the student mentioned to the Shaikh that this particular speed is not allowed and that Shaikh bin Baz has said this is from presenting oneself to destruction [i.e. death due to speeding], or speech resembling that. So Shaikh al-Albany laughed and said, “This is the fatwa of the one who has not himself experienced driving [since Shaikh bin Baz was blind]. The student said, “Oh Shaikh I will inform Shaikh bin Baz of this speech”. Shaikh al-Albany replied, “Tell him”. The student says he then met Shaikh bin Baz in Makkah and informed him of what occurred, that he had mentioned to Shaikh al-Albany about driving quickly and that he had said Shaikh bin Baz only says that because he has no experience of driving, so Shaikh bin Baz laughed and said, “Tell him, this is the fatwa of the one who has not experienced having to pay the blood money!” [i.e. through perhaps causing death due to speeding].