He grew up in a knowledgeable environment and studied Faraa-id under his father; As Saaleh Qayyim al Jawzeeyyah.
He travelled to Egypt and Palestine and performed Hajj numerous times.
He was imprisoned with his Shaykh but in a separate cell, after being beaten and circulated in town on a donkey.
He was also imprisoned for rebuking those who travel to the grave of al Khaleel.
Ibn Rajab said concerning him: ‘He was a man of worship, performing long night prayers to the upmost extent, as well as remembrance of Allaah, repentance, seeking forgiveness, needy to His lord, I have not witnessed the likes of him concerning this, nor have I heard of anyone more knowledgeable and more informed of the meanings of the Qur-aan, the Sunnah and the reality of Eemaan. He is not free of error, but I have never seen the likes of him.
He was put to trials a number of times, he was imprisoned with his Shaykh ibn Taymiyyah during his last imprisonment. He was put in a separate cell and was not freed until ibn Taymiyyah passed away. During his imprisonment he busied himself with reciting the Qur-aan and the remembrance of Allaah and contemplation. He attained a lot of good from that.’
Ibn Katheer stated: ‘I do not know of anyone in our time who practices more worship than him, he had a way of praying where he would lengthen it greatly, he would extend the Rukoo’ and Sujood. Sometimes some of his companions would fault him for that but he would not change – may Allaah have mercy on him.’
As Suyootee stated: ‘He authored books, debated, strived hard and became from amongst the great Imaams in Tafseer, Hadeeth and other sciences including Usool and the Arabic language.’
Ibn Hajar stated: ‘If Shaykul Islaam had no other asset other than his renowned student; Shams ad Deen ibn Qayyim al Jawzeeyah, the author of beneficial books which have been a source of benefit for both those who agree with and contradict him, it would have been sufficient as a sign of his great status.’
He met Shaykhul Islaam in the year 712 H when he returned from Egypt to Damascus where he remained until his death.
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He had a great number of teachers; Shaykh Bakar Abu Zayd numbered them
over 53, amongst them:
- Qayyim al Jawzeeyah – his father.
- Shaykhul Islaam ibn Taymiyyah.
- Ahmad ibn ‘Abdul Daa-im al Maqdasee.
- Ahmad ibn ‘Abdur Rahmaan an Nabulsee.
- Al Majd al Haraanee.
- Ibn ash Sheeraazee.
- Ibn Maktoom.
- Ayoub ibn Ni’mah an Nabulsee al Kahhaal.
- Sulaymaan ibn Hamzah ibn Ahmad ibn Qudaamah al Maqdisee.
- ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abdul Haleem ibn Taymiyyah an Numayree – Ibn Taymiyyah’s brother.
- Bint al Jawhar – Fatimah bint Ibraheem ibn Muhammad ibn Jawhar al Ba’lee.
Amongst the 98 books he authored:
- As Sawaa’iq al Mursalah.
- Zaad al Ma’aadh.
- Miftaah Daar as Sa’aadah.
- Madaarij as Saalikeen.
- Al Kaafiyyah ash Shaafiyyah fee an Nahw.
- Al Kaafiyyah ash Shaafiyyah fee Intisaar al Firqah an Naajiyyah.
- Al Kalim at Tayyib wal ‘Amal as Saaleh.
- Al Kalaam ‘ala Mas-alat as Samaa’.
- Hidaayat al Hiyaraa fee Ajwibat al Yahood wan Nasaraa.
- Al Manaar al Muneef.
- Ma’aalim al Muqi’een.
- Al Faroosiyyah.
- Tareeq al Hijratayn.
- I’laam al Muqi’een.
- Ahkaam Ahl adh Dhimmah.
- Ijtimaa’ al Juyoosh al Islaamiyyah.
- Ighaathat al Lahfaan.
- Badaa-I’ al Fawaa-id.
- Tuhfat al Mawdood.
- Tahdheeb Mukhtasr Sunan Abu Dawood.
- Jalaa al Afhaam.
- Haadee al Arwaah.
- Al Jawaab al Kaafee.
- Hukm Tarik as Salaat.
- Ar Risaalah at Tabookiyyah.
- Ar Rooh.
- Rawdat al Muhibeen.
- Shafaa al ‘Aleel.
- At Turuq al Hakeemah fee as Siyaasah ash Shar’eeyah.
- ‘Uddat as Sabireen.
- Al Fawaa-id.
- Al Waabil as Sayyib.
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