Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz
(), also known as Ibn Bāz, was the Grand Mufti
of Saudi Arabia
from 1993 until his death in 1999.
Ibn Baz was born in the city of Riyadh
during the month of Dhu al-Hijjah
, 1910 to a family with a reputation for their interest in Islam
. His father died when he was only three, placing a big responsibility on his mother to raise him. When asked about his childhood, the sheikh said: “my father died when I was three years old, and I only had my mother who took care of me and educated me encouraging me to learn more about Shari'ah
; she also died when I was twenty six.” By the time he was thirteen he had begun working, selling clothing with his brother in a market. Despite the fact that he helped a great deal in supporting his family, he still found time to study the Qur’an
, and Tafsir
. In 1927, when he was sixteen, he started losing his eyesight after being afflicted with a serious infection in his eyes. By the time he was twenty, he had totally lost his sight and become blind.
At that time, Saudi Arabia lacked a modern, sophisticated university system. However, Ibn Baaz managed to learn a great deal through his constant reading of Islamic literature
as well as his association with different scholars from whom he learned. These include:"Words of Advice Regarding Da'wah" by 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn 'Abdullaah ibn Baaz (translated by Bint Feroz Deen... Read More