Abu ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen at-Tameemee an-Najdee was born in the city of Unayzah, Qaseem Region on 27th Ramadhaan 1347 A.H./1926 C.E. in a famous religious family.
He received his education from many prominent scholars like Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee, Shaykh Muhammad Ameen ash-Shanqeetee and Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz.
When he entered into teaching, a great number of students from inside and outside Saudi Arabia benefited from him. He had his own unique style of interpretation and explanation of religious points. He was from among those scholars who served Islaam without any type of religious prejudice and kept themselves away from the limitations of blind-following. He was distinguished in his great exertion of effort in religious matters and analogical deductions which clearly prove the religious understanding he possessed, and the correct usage of the principles of religion, he adopted.
In giving religious verdicts, like Shaykh ibn Baaz, his Fataawa were based on evidence from the Qur.aan and Sunnah. He had about fifty compilations to his credit. He taught Religious Fundamentals at the Sharee’ah Faculty of Imaam Muhammad ibn Sa’ood Islaamic University, Qaseem Branch. He was also a member of the Council of Senior Scholars of the Kingdom, and the Imaam and Khateeb of the big Mosque of Unayzah city.
The Shaykh passed away on Wednesday 15 Shawwaal 1421 A.H. / 10 January 2001 C.E. He was 74 years of age. May Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) have Mercy upon his soul, aameen.
The following audio file is that of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen leading the taraaweeh prayers in al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah. Shaykh Subayyal, the head imaam of al-Masjid al-Haraam, mentions that Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen led the salaah in al-Masjid al-Haraam 5 times, maa shaa.-Allaah: