We have just received the following news…
Al-Imaam Al-Faqeeh Al-Allaamah Ash-Shaykh Aboo Abdullaah Muhammad Ibn Saaleh Ibn Muhammad Ibn Uthaymeen Al-Wuhaybee At-Timeemee passed away today.
Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon.
May Allaah (Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem Al-Ghafoor Al-Ghaffaar) shower His Mercy upon this Great Scholar.
Today, 15th Shaawaal 1421 (10th January, 2001CE) the Shaikh, Allaamah and Imaam, Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaimeen breathed his last after the Asr prayer, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Shaikh had been ill for a while due to cancer and was receiving treatment for this ailment.
From Abu Khidr Shakeel ibn Muhammad al-Amreekee, student at Makkah al-Mukarramah who narrates on authority of Shaikh Wasiyullaah, that the Shaikh had resumed giving lectures in Ramadaan but only by way of telephone from the hospital. He subsequently gave lectures in person in the Haram al-Makki but was later told that he could not give any more lessons and was returned to hospital. He passed away after Asr prayer today. His funeral prayer is due to be held after Asr prayer in the Haram al-Makki
This is indeed a great calamity since along with it, knowledge has been taken away from the Ummah. Sa’eed bin Jubair was asked, “O Abu Abdullaah, what is the sign of the perishing of the people?” He replied, “When their scholars perish” (Daarimee, no. 324) and the hadeeth of the snatching away of knowledge by the taking away of the scholars is well-known in this regard.
We pray to Allaah that He grants Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen an abundance of mercy, forgiveness and that He rewards him with Paradise for his service to Islaam, the Muslims and the Ummah, just as we ask Allaah that he hastens the sending of a Mujaddid such that the light of Tawheed and Sunnah, remains uppermost till the affair is established.