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understanding of Islam.
Not any pers on c an a t-
tain s uc h a s tatus an d
pos ition, and thus Allah
prepares c ertain m en t o
fulfil this tas k . One s uch
m an is Shayk h Al is lam
ibn taym iy yah. Man y pe o-
ple k no w this g reat m a n,
we k no w he is a gre at
s c h ol ar o f Is l am , bu t
what is it that has m ade
this m an dis tinc tive t o
o t h e r
k n o w l e d g e a b l e
m en, wh y is it he ha s
been given the title of
Shayk h Al is lam ` the
s c holar of is lam ?
S h a y k h A l I s l a m I b n
Ta ym iy yah was born into
a well k no wn Kurdis h
fam ily of Theologians , his
fam ily c ons tituted of we ll
k nown reputable m en of
k nowledge ; inc luding his
f a t h e r
S h i h a b u d d e e n
' A b d
a l - H a l e e m
i b n
Ta y m i y y a h ,
a n d
h i s
g r a n d f a t h e r A b u a l -
Bark at Majd ad -deen ib n
Ta y m i y y a h a l - H a n b a l i ,
who was a teac her of the
Hanbali Sc hool of la w.
Ibn Ta ym iy yah`s fam ily
had m oved to Dam as c us
due to the Mongol in v a-
s ion during that tim e, it
was here that Ibn Ta ym iy-
yah`s father began to d e-
liver s erm ons from the
pulpit of the Um ay ya d
Mos que. It is not a s u r-
pris e that the young Ibn
taym iy yah follo wed th e
s teps his father had be-
gan. Ibn Ta ym iy yah ha d
learned from the greate s t
s c holars of his tim e, on e
of thes e being the fem ale
s c h o l a r Z a y n a b B i n t
Mak k i, from whom he
learned hadith.