The Late Scholar Hammaad al Ansaaree

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http://www.albaidha.net/vb/archive/index.php/t-3634.html

He is the Shaikh Hammaad ibn Muhammad al-Ansaaree, al-Khazrajee, as-Sa’dee – an attribution to the noble Companion Sa’d ibn ‘Ubaadah

He was born in the year 1343 H in a place called Taad Makkah in Mali in Africa.

The signs of  excellence were visible in him from his childhood, his love for knowledge, when he was raised by his uncle who had the nickname of “al-Bahr” (“the Sea”) because of his efforts in knowledge and the sharpness of his understanding.  He memorized the Quran early, at the age of eight years old.  And (he memorized from) the sciences of the foundations of fiqh and likewise from hadeeth, and many of the treatises before the age of maturity.  For indeed he memorized “Al-Malahah” of al-Hareeree, “al-Kaafiyah wal-Afiyah” of Ibn Maalik, “al-Alfiyah” of as-Suyooti, “Jam’u-l-Jawaami’” of as-Subkee, and “al-Mu’allaqaat as-Sab’” as well as Arab poems and other than those texts additionally.  He left his country as an emigrant because of the French colonization

He was 21 when he started out for the Haramain (Makkah and Madinah).  So when he stopped his journey in the Makkan sanctuary, he began taking knowledge from the lessons at the Sacred Masjid.  His Shuyookh there were: Shaikh Haamid al-Faqee, Shaikh Abdullah al-Mashaat, and Shaikh Muhammad Ameen al-Halabee…He stayed there until Shaikh Abdullah ibn Hasan Aalush-Shaikh  permitted him to teach lessons in the Makkan Sanctuary.

Then he moved – (we ask that) Allah bestow Mercy upon him – to The Lighted City (Madinah) and he went to study at Darul Uloom.  He studied there under many of the Scholars, from them: Muhammad al-Haafith, Umar Baree, Abdu Khadee’, and other than them…Then he returned to Makkah and during the Hajj season he met Shaikh Abdul Lateef ibn Ibraheem and Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ibraheem Aalush-Shaikh (a former Grand Mufti).  So they instructed him to go to Riyadh. He went there and began teaching in the College of Sharee’ah .  Then he moved to the Institute Imaam ad-Dawah al-‘Ilmee.  Then he returned to the College, then he was moved to the Islamic University of Madinah.

And indeed he was well-known – Allah bestow mercy upon him – for his love of knowledge and its students.  He spent most of his time reviewing with them.  His crowded house in Madinah al Munawarrah was the destination of many of the Scholars and students of knowledge; they would find with him what they sought.  His library was well-known among the students of knowledge for what it contained of literature and authored works in the different legislated branches of knowledge.  He would help the students by photocopying for them from the books what they wanted.  He took great care to gather the manuscripts specifically in the science of hadeeth….The number of books in his library were over 3000, most of them in the science of hadeeth.

And a large number of the students of knowledge and Mashaayikh studied under him, from them: Shaikh Saalih Aalush-Shaikh, Shaikh Ali al-Faqeehee, Shaikh Saalih Suhaymee, Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq al Badr, Shaikh Rabee ibn Haadee, and other than them from (present day) scholars

And indeed he left – (we ask that) Allah bestow mercy upon him – a tremendous inheritance of authored works in various branches of knowledge.  From them:

In Grammar: Faithful Answers to Questions about al-Alfiyyah

In Aqeedah: Abul Hasan al-Ash’aree and his aqeedah (beliefs)

In Fiqh: A Gift to the One Who Asked About the Fasting of the Nursing or Pregnant Woman

In Hadeeth: Presentation to Those Firmly Grounded in Knowledge About the ones who ‘dallasa’1 from the Shuyookh

and

The Path of Guidance in Tracing the Source of the Narrations in Bidaayah by Ibn Rushd

And many other valuable authored works that the students of knowledge are eager to acquire and benefit from.  And he – Allah bestow mercy upon him – shared in collecting the fataawaa of Shaikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah along with Ibn Qaasim – Allah bestow mercy upon him

From his speech which his son Abdul-Awwal al-Ansaaree mentioned about him:

He said: ‘Whenever I saw a manuscript, I made a copy of it’

‘In my youth, I would read and write until Fajr time, and I didn’t sleep except a little bit in the afternoon’

‘I gave the Islamic University 400 of my manuscripts, some of them in my own handwriting.’

‘The books I have with me are superior to the castles of kings.’

‘I have ijaazaat2 in every branch of knowledge until even in engineering.’

‘We would not study anything in knowledge until we had memorized it.’

His son Abdul-Awwal said, ‘Many times he would sit in the house, before noon and after it, and he would take a book from his library and he would read in a loud voice in the way of the people of his country – which had a specific melody.

And he – Allah bestow mercy upon him – said:

‘For seven years, I copied manuscripts (by hand) from the Library of the Haram (in Makkah) and that was before there was photocopying.’

And he said, ‘I am not a Mufti3, I simply serve the student of knowledge’

and, ‘My days in Riyadh were Golden Days.’

And from his advice and wise sayings:

‘How plentiful is what is written and how little is what is read!’

‘I have noticed that the student of knowledge in this day and age doesn’t review’

‘Take the book of Ibn Jamaa’ah about the manners of the listener and the student and read a portion of it every day.’

and ‘It is upon the Scholars to give the people knowledge that they can understand (on their level) and they should not enter them into the mataahaat4

He said about the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwaanul Muslimeen):

‘Do not go near them!  All they have are doubts.’

And he said about the “Awakening” which is attributed to this day and age:

‘This is not an awakening, rather it is neglectfulness with regards to seeking knowledge’

 

His virtues and noble qualities are too many to be counted.  Shaikh Hammaad al-Ansaaree died – Allah have mercy upon him – on a Wednesday in the year 1418 H after an illness which had been afflicting him for many months. He was prayed over in Masjid Nabawee after salaatul asr.  The leader of the prayer was Shaikh ‘Abdul-Baaree ath-Thubaitee.  Those who came to accompany the funeral procession were a large number which can not be counted from the students of knowledge and Mashaayikh….

 [end of biography]

Biography taken from the book:

Compilation of the biography of the Allaamah, the Scholar of Hadeeth, Shaikh Hammaad al-Ansaaree which was authored and compiled by (his son) Abdul-Awwal ibn Hammaad al-Ansaaree

 [Footnotes]

2Ijaazah (singular): Permission from a teacher of a subject to transmit knowledge of that subject

3Mufti: One qualified to give religious verdicts.  He was in fact qualified, this is simply from the humble speech of the scholars – like when they refer to themselves as students of knowledge whereas other scholars bear witness that they are in fact scholars.

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