Quote … Unquote … no. 15
August 14, 2010 Leave a comment
In the biography of Nâsih ad-Dîn Abil-Faraj Ibn al-‘Alâ’ (better known as Ibn al-Hanbalî) in his adh-Dhail ‘alâ Tabaqât al-Hanâbilah, Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalî quotes Imam Muwaffaq ad-Dîn Ibn Qudâmah al-Maqdisî (author of al-Mughnî) saying,
I used to think well of an-Nâsih, that he was an outstanding imam. I was pleased with him for the body of scholarly opinions [he had], for what Allah preferred him with of the nobility of his house and the roots of his lineage and what Allah, exalted is He, gave him of exposition of the tongue, courage of the heart, sharpness of the mind, promptness in reply, and abdundance in [things] correct. I thought that he was superior to his father and others in [giving] verdicts until I saw verdicts by him in which others were more relevant in reply and abdundant in [things] correct. I thought that he was tested by that due to his love of incriminating the people and his following of their shortcomings. It is not unlikely that Allah punishes the servant with the like of his sin.
an-Nâsih had been busy most of his time with refuting the people for their literary works, revealing what was concealed of their blunders, and love of explaining their oversights. The servant does not arrive at the reality of faith until he loves for the people what he loves for himself. Have you then seen who loves for himself after his death [that] someone rises up to reveal his oversights, the blunder of his literary works and the disclosure of his mistakes? Just as one does not love that for himself, it is befitting that he does not love it for others, especially for the earlier imams and the superior scholars. And Allah has shown us a sign in his departure from the correct in things apparent to whoever is lesser than he.
Thanks goes to brother ‘Alî bin Muhammad Abu Haniyyah for originally posting the quote to the Kulalsalafiyeen forum. I found a scanned pdf version of the book he quoted it from on the al-Alukah forums. Anyone interested in checking it out can download it from here (the quote can be found on vol. 3, pgs. 430-431 (of the book)).