His Janaza was held in Riyadh 3rd April 2004, after Asr at Masjid Turki Bin Abdullah, Deera.
“The eyes shed tears and the heart feels sadness, but we only say that which pleases our Lord”
Bukhaaree & Muslim.
“Inna lillaahi maa akhadhaa, wa lillaahi maa a’taa, wa kullu shay’in ‘indahu li ‘ajalin musammaa”
“To Allaah belongs what He took, and to Him belongs what He gave. And everything He has given an appointed term”
Bukhaaree & Muslim.
Shaykh ‘Abdus-Salaam (rahimahullaah) was a Qaadee (judge) in Riyaadh where he was also Imaam of a masjid where he delivered the Friday sermon and held circles of knowledge. He was a student of Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Baaz (d.1420H).
Indeed we can say that we knew the Shaykh and wish to relate some matters concerning him, rahimahullaah. He visited us in Birmingham on several occasions and I grew to love the Shaykh and we developed a relationship that I will cherish. Though I have not met him for a couple of years now, I can say that I remember his visits and our sittings together very well as if it were yesterday.
I remember on an occasion, Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadee (hafidhahullaah) and Shaykh Abdus-Salaam Burjiss Aal Abdil-Kareem (rahmatullaah ‘alayhi) visited my home and honored me with their attendance. After the sitting, Shaykh Abdus-Salaam passed me two small envelopes and said (in meaning), “I feel shy that I visited Birmingham and visited Abu Talhah Daawood and you on a few occasions, yet I haven’t brought for you any gifts, please accept this as a small gift on my behalf, one for you and one for Daawood”. Thereafter the Shaykh would not accept no for an answer and insisted on us accepting the gift. On another occasion, when the Shaykh came in mid-summer along with Shaykh Muhammad Bin Haadee and Abu Naif, we decided to get some food late at night and go somewhere quiet in an open grass area and sit, eat and talk – it was a beautiful evening with the two Shaykhs that I hope never to forget – May Allaah shower Shaykh Abdus-Salaam with His Mercy. On that evening, also with us was my beloved friend Abu Ubaidah Amar Bashir (hafidhahullaah).
We spent hours with the Shaykh on his visits to the United Kingdom. His advices were excellent and precise. There was neither haughtiness nor pride in his character. He used sit with us and impart beneficial knowledge to us. Likewise in his moments of relaxation, he would make us laugh with his anecdotes and experiences. I found him always humble, generous and accommodating.
I could continue, but that will suffice as a small insight into the noble character of the Shaykh, rahimahullaahu ta’aala.
(Original post: 3rd April 2004)