A Short Bio Of Ibn ‘Abbaas


Ibn ‘Abbaas used to pray qiyaam regularly: Ibn Maleekah said: “I accompanied Ibn ‘Abbaas from Makkah to Madeenah. He used to pray two by two, and he would spend half the night in prayer, reciting the Quraan slowly, letter by letter, and weeping and sobbing a great deal.” [Al-Muttaqa, 7/270]

Ibn ‘Abbaas wept so much that traces of that were left on his cheeks: Aboo Raja’ said: “I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, and the bottom of his eyes was like a worn out shoelace because of weeping.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/352]

Ibn ‘Abbaas was very generous and acknowledged the status of the senior Companions: Once Aboo Ayyoob Al-Ansaari was going through some financial difficulties and was burdened debts. He came to stay with Ibn ‘Abbaas, who emptied his house out for him and said: “I shall do for you what you did for the Messenger of Allaah (saw) [i.e, inviting him over just as he had invited the Messenger over when he (saw) first came to Madeenah]. Then he said: “How much is your debt?” Aboo Ayyoob said: “Twenty thousand.” So Ibn ‘Abbaas gave him forty thousand, and twenty slaves, and everything that was in the house.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/324]

The sermons of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Aboo Waa’il said: “Ibn ‘Abbaas addressed us when he was the leader of the hajj. He started to recite Soorah An-Noor, reciting  and explaining the meaning. I have never seen or heard a man who speaks like that. If the Persians, Romans and Turks heard him, they would become Muslim.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

Masrooq said: “When I saw Ibn ‘Abbaas, I thought he was the most handsome of people. When he spoke, I thought he was the most eloquent of people. When he preached, I thought he was the greatest of people.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

The gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas: Al-Qaasim Ibn Muhammad said: “I never saw any talk of falsehood in the gatherings of Ibn ‘Abbaas.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa’, 3/351]

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