Bismillah Was Salaatu was Salaamu ‘alaa Rasoolillahi
In a few hours Salaatul Janaaza will be performed over one of the last remaining students of the great scholar Shaikh Abdur Rahmaan ibn Naasir As Sa’dee Rahimahullah.
Hearing of his death brings to mind the occasion as a student in Madina, travelling from Madina to Riyaadh to meet him (among other scholars) some thirteen or so years ago.
Since Allah made it easy for me to travel to Riyaadh (which was a feat for students in Madina at that time being some 800 or so kilometres from Madina) i used the opportunity to meet and sit with as many of the scholars of the region as i could.
I remember entering upon him in his study and being introduced to him and seeing an old white haired man of relatively short stature surrounded by professors and older students of knowledge each holding various advanced books concerning different branches of knowledge reading them to him.
One reading to him concerning furooq (the science which concerns the branches of knowledge that are apparently the same but have subtle differences) another reading to him from Al Mughnee of Ibn Qudaamah, another comparing the speech of Ibn qudaamah with similar statements from another Imaam, another taking notes, a fourth seeking clarity from the sheikh concerning a quoted issue and so on and i remember thinking that the lost of such an Aalim would be a great loss indeed upon the Ummah, one of the few carriers of the legacy of Shaikh Abdur Rahmaan ibn Naasir As Sa’dee Rahimahumallah.
His death is a reminder to us of the closeness of the hour Allahul musta’aan
As students of knowledge and people of sunnah we mourn his loss and we ask Allah to have mercy upon him, to forgive him and to raise his station in Jannah
was Sallallahu ‘alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad wa ‘alaa aalihi wa sahbihi Ajma’een