The highly controversial Salafi Takfiri scholar Ibn Taymiya
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On January 22, 1263 AD, the highly controversial Salafi Takfiri scholar, Ibn Taymiya, was born in Harran in upper Mesopotamia, which is currently in Turkey on the Syrian border. He indulged in vitriolic criticism of not just Christians, but also fellow Muslims, especially Sufis, to the extent that without bothering to properly study the works of the famous Spanish Muslim Gnostic, Mohi od-Din Ibn Arabi, he branded him an unbeliever – an accusation that brought swift response from scholars who wrote books against him.
He came to Iran to the court of the Mongol Muslim ruler, Ghazaan Khan, with a delegation of scholars from Syria, and courted trouble by his rash attitude. Back in Syria, his weird views brought the displeasure of the ulema, prompting the Mamluk rulers to imprison him for 18 months in Cairo. Ibn Taymiya, who died in Damascus at the age of 65, has earned lasting notoriety for forbidding celebrations of Prophet Mohammad’s (SAWA) birth anniversary and pilgrimage to holy shrines, as well as his call to return to the days and ways of the Salaf – instead of the pure and pristine Sunnah and Seerah of the Prophet and the Immaculate Ahl al-Bayt.
Salaf, which means predecessor, is a reference to early Muslims, especially those who assumed power of the Islamic state, even though neither the Prophet delegated them any authority nor God has given them any legitimacy in the holy Qur’an. The fact of the matter is that most of the Salaf, who were bitter enemies of the Prophet before becoming reluctant converts to Islam from decades of idolatry and sinful life, continued their violation of the letter and spirit of the holy Qur’an even after becoming Muslims, as is evident by their persecution and killing of the Ahl al-Bayt. This is clear by the seditious actions of the present day Salafis, who under the guise of Islam indulge in the most heinous forms of terrorism against Muslims, including the destruction of holy shrines.