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Ibn Ta ym iy yah re vive d
the Sunnah b y dis pelling
the prac tis es of great
b i d ` a h s
( i n n o v a t i o n s )
s uc h as the prac tis es of
m ak ing graves a plac e o f
wo rs hip and s upplic ation.
Ibn taym iy yah s aid that
when a Mus lim s tates the
tes tim ony of faith Ther e
is no god but Allah`, the
Mus lim tes tifies that Al-
lah is the only one wor -
thy of wors hip, therefor e
going through an y othe r
form of interm ediate is a
form of s hirk (as s oc iating
partners with Allah). This
was a great prac tis e dur -
i n g t he t im e o f Ibn
Ta ym iy yah, but his grea t
k nowledge and under -
s tanding of the Sunnah ,
had driven him to dis pel
thes e ne wly in vented in -
novations , and ens ure
that ins tead the Sunna h
was re vi ved in all as -
pec ts of wo rs hip.
Bes ides the field of Is -
l a m i c k n o w l e d g e , I b n
Ta ym iy yah was als o in -
volved in the res is tanc e
agains t the Mongolian in -
vas ion of Dam as c us . H e
s t r u g g l e d
g r e a t l y
i n
e l im i na t in g o th e r m is -
guiding s ec ts s uc h as the
Kas ra wan Shi`a in Leba -
non, the Rifa`I Suffi or -
der and the Ittihadiya h
Sc hool.
The s tor y of Ibn Ta ym iy -
yah is one of great
length and detail, and we
c an only m ention a fe w
things ac c om plis hed by a
m an of great s tatus . Ibn
Ta ym iy yah was a m an of
unique intellec t, and his
purpos e and goal was al -
ready s et before this
m an bec am e the grea t
pers onal he is no w. Alla h
had s ent this m an to re-
vive the Qu ran and Sun-
nah, in a s oc iety that
c orrupted Is lam , though
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