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The Devil’s Deception (Talbees Iblees) By Shaykh Ibn -e- Jawzi (r.a)

The Devil’s Deception


*Abdur-Rahmaan ibn ‘Alee ibn Ja’far al-Jawzee was bom in the city of Baghdad in approximately 1114 CE and grew up studying under the leading scholars of his time, including his uncle, Muhammad ibn Naasir al-Baghdaadee, a scholar of Hadeeth, Fiqh and Arabic grammar.

Ibn al-Jawzee became an outstanding scholar of the twelfth century especially in the Hadeeth sciences for which he was titled “Al-Haafith”. He also was noted for his scholarship in the fields of History, Linguistics, Tafseer and Figh. In fact, he became the leading scholar of the Hambalee Madh-hab of his time and played a very important role in reviving and spreading it, especially after becoming a favorite of the ‘Abbaasid Caliph, al-Mustad’ee (11421180 CE). In the year 1179, he had five schools in the capital in which he used to lecture. However, his enthusiasm for his Madhhab created ill-feeling and jealousies among the other scholars. During the reign of al-Mustad ‘ee’s son, Caliph an-Naasir Lideenillaah (1159-1225 CE), he was banished to Wasit, where he remained for five years. In the year 1199, he was released and returned to Baghdad, where he died two years later. Ibn al-Jawzee lived to the ripe old age of 87 and was a prolific writer throughout most of his life. Recently, Professor ‘Abdul-Hameed al-Aloojee, an Iraqi scholar conducted research on the extant writings of Ibn al-Jawzee and wrote a reference work in which he listed Ibn al-Jawzee’s works alphabetically, identifying the publishers and libraries where his unpublished manuscripts could be found. The number of Ibn-alJawzee’s books reached a staggering total of three hundred and seventy-six texts. However, even this large number cannot be considered surprising given Ibn al-Jawzee’s high regard for time. He was reported to have said, “Many people used to pay me social visits

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