Shaykh Dr. Muhammad
Amaan Ibn 'Alee al-Jaamee
He was born in 1349 A.H / 1927C.E. as indicated in his official papers.
The Shaykh was raised in a
village by the name of Tughaa Taab in Habashah where he studied the Noble
Qur.aan. After he completed this, he began studying the books of Fiqh of the Shaafi'ee madhhab. He also studied Arabic in the village
with Shaykh Muhammed Ameen al-Huraree. He then left the village for another,
where he met with another student, Shaykh 'Abdul-Kareem, with whom he later made
hijrah to Saudi Arabia. They both then
proceeded to Shaykh Moosa and studied under him ((Nuthum az-Zuhd)) of Ibn
Raslaan. They then studied ((Matan al-Minhaaj)) under Shaykh Abaadir, inclusive
of many other fields of knowledge.
He then had a desire to
travel to the Holy Land of Makkah to seek knowledge and perform hajj. So the two of them left al-Habashah
(Ethiopia/Eritrea) and travelled to Somalia
from where they boarded a ship heading for Aden, Yemen.
There they faced much danger and difficulties both on land and at sea. So they
travelled by foot and fasted the month of Ramadhaan in this state until they reached Saudi Arabia.
They passed Saamitah and
Subyaa and Abee 'Areesh until they were granted permission to enter Makkah and all this whikst travelling on foot.
After the Shaykh performed
Hajj in 1369 A.H, he began seeking knowledge in the knowledge circles in
al-Masjid al-Haraam, amongst them the circles of Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq Hamzah (rahima-hullaah) and Shaykh 'Abdul-Haqq
al-Haashimee (rahima-hullaah) and Shaykh Muhammed 'Abdullah
as-Soomaalee and other than them.
Whilst in Makkah, he came to know his excellency Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz,
whereupon he accompanied him on his journey to Riyadh when the Educational Institute was
opened. This was in the early 1970's C.E. / 1370 A.H.
Amongst those who
befriended him through his secondary education at the Educational Institute was
the noble Shaykh 'Abdul-Muhsin ibn al-'Abbaad
al-Badar and the noble Shaykh 'Alee ibn Mahnaa who later became a
judge at the major Sharee'ah court at Madeenah.
The Shaykh also attended
the many circles of knowledge in Riyadh.
He benefited and was
affected by his excellency, the Muftee, the Faqeeh Shaykh Muhammed ibn Ibraaheem
He also adhered to being in
the company of the noble Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan al-'Afeefee (rahima-hullaah) just as he did so with his
excellency Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez ibn Baaz,
whereby he benefited immensely from the Shaykh's vast knowledge and his noble
manners and characteristics. Likewsie, whilst in Riyadh, he sought knowledge
under the noble Shaykh Muhammed al-Ameen al-Jaknee
ash-Shanqeetee (rahima-hullaah) and the noble Shaykh and
Muhaddith Hammaad al-Ansaaree (rahima-hullaah) and the noble Shaykh 'Abdur-Razzaaq 'Afeefee
(rahima-hullaah) under whom he was influenced by
his teaching methods. As he was influenced by the noble Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa'dee
(rahima-hullaah) whom he did not study under,
however they wrote to each other. He also studied under the noble Shaykh
Muhammed Khaleel Harraas (rahima-hullaah) and the noble Shaykh 'Abdullah
Having graduated from his
secondary studies at the Educational Institute, he proceeded to the faculty of Sharee'ah from where he graduated in 1380 A.H.
He then obtained a Masters in Sharee'ah from the University
of Punjab in 1974 C.E and a doctorate
from Daar al-'Uloom in Cairo.
The Shaykh had attained a
high regard amongst the people of knowledge whereby he was well-spoken of and
very trustworthy, such that Shaykh Ibn Baaz interceded
on his behalf to Shaykh Muhammed Ibraaheem
to appoint him as a teacher at the Educational Institute in Saamitah in the
region of Jaazaan.
Additionally, from that
which bares evidence to his thorough knowledge and 'aqeedah and respect amongst the people of
knowledge is that when the Islaamic University of Madeenah was established he transferred there to
teach after Shaykh Ibn Baaz selected
And it is known that the
Islaamic University of Madeenah was set up to propagate the pure and correct 'aqeedah of the Pious Predecessors and the
University appointed him in charge of 'aqeedah at the Faculty of Secondary Education
and then, later, at the Faculty of Sharee'ah because of his strong knowledge of 'aqeedah.
Upon the death of the
Shaykh, Shaykh Ibn Baaz wrote of
"He was known to me for his sound knowledge and correct 'aqeedah and his activeness in the field of da'wah to Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) and warning against the
innovations and deviation. May Allaah forgive him and grant him an abode in
Paradise and make noble his offspring and join us all in His Noble House (Paradise). Indeed, He is the All-Hearing and Near (with
His Knowledge)." (9/1/1418 A.H.)
And Shaykh 'Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad
al-Badar, a teacher at the Prophet's Masjid, said:
"I came to know Shaykh Muhammed Amaan Ibn 'Alee al-Jaamee as a student
at the Educational Institute in Riyadh and then at the faculty of Sharee'ah in Riyadh and then as a teacher at the
Islaamic University of Madeenah in the Faculty of Secondary Education
and then in the faculty of Sharee'ah. I knew him to have correct 'aqeedah and sound foresight and he strove in
inviting to the 'aqeedah of the Pious Predecessors and warning
against innovation and this was via his lessons and circles (of knowledge) and
his books against innovation. May Allaah forgive him and have mercy upon him
and reward him well."
Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan
"Shaykh Muhammed Amaan as I knew him: Indeed the teachers who possess
certificates of higher education are many, however, there are very few amongst
them from whom benefit (knowledge) can be sought. Shaykh Muhammed Amaan
al-Jaamee, he is from amongst those few scholars who have striven hard with
their knowledge for the benefit of the Muslims and their guidance in da'wah (calling) to Allaah upon (correct)
knowledge by way of his teaching in al-Jaami'ah al-Islaamiyyah and al-Masjid an-Nabawee and by way of his travels
inside and outside the Kingdom, giving lessons and lectures, calling to tawheed
and propagating the sound 'aqeedah, guiding the youth of the Ummah to the manhaj of the Pious Predecessors and warning
against innovations and misguidance.
And whoever does not
personally know him, then will come to know him by way of his beneficial books
and many (audio) cassettes which incorporate an abundance of knowledge and
He was consistent in his
good actions until he died. And he has left knowledge with which benefit is
sought, from his students and books. May Allaah have mercy upon him and forgive
him and reward him for that which he knew and acted upon with much good. And
may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammed and his
family and his companions."
From amongst his many
The noble Shaykh Rabee' Ibn Haadee 'Umayr
The noble Shaykh Zayd Ibn Haadee Madkhalee;
The noble Shaykh 'Alee Ibn Naasir Faqeehee;
The noble Shaykh Muhammed Ibn Hamood al-Waa.ilee;
The noble Shaykh 'Abdul-Qaadir Ibn Habeebullaah as-Sindee;
The noble Shaykh Saalih Ibn Sa'd as-Suhaymee;
The noble Shaykh Faalih Ibn Naafi' al-Harbee;
The noble Shaykh Saalih ar-Rifaa'ee;
The noble Shaykh Falaah Ismaa'eel;
The noble Shaykh Falaah Ibn Thaanee;
The noble Shaykh Ibraaheem Ibn 'Aamir ar-Ruhaylee.
...and many others.
The Shaykh was known to mix
very little with the people, except in that which was good. So most of his time
and days was allocated for and his way in this was well known. If he left the
house to go to work to the University, he would return straight back and then
later proceed to al-Masjid an-Nabawee to teach after 'Asr, and then after Maghrib and then after 'Ishaa. and then after Fajr. And like this he would continue until he
was bed-ridden due to the severity of his illness.
The Shaykh was also very
careful with his tongue and never backbit nor slandered nor talked evil about
anyone. Rather, he did not permit anyone in his company to speak ill of another
and further, did not permit the spreading of false speech and people's defects
If any of his students fell
into error, he would request the audio cassette or book (within which the error
had been recorded) and would either listen or read. If it became apparent that
an error had been made, he would approach the one who had erred in the most
befitting manner and advise him.
There were amongst the
people few who would curse him and speak ill of him, and he would simply forgive
them and say:
"I hope Allaah does not enter anyone into the Fire (of Hell) because of
He used to mention in his
gatherings and circles (of knowledge) that he had forgiven everyone and
requested those in his gatherings to spread this of him.
The Shaykh was also one who
was concerned about his students, not just during the lessons, rather he used
to attend their gatherings and used to ask about the state of their affairs and
used to assist them in either terms of advice or finance.
During the final stages of
his life, the Shaykh became gravely ill and was confined to his bed for
approximately one year, patient at what had befallen him.
On the morning of Wednesday
26 Sha'baan 1416 A.H, the Shaykh passed away. The
funeral prayer was performed over him after Salaat az-Zhuhr on the same day and he was
buried in the graveyard of al-Baqee' al-Gharqad in Madeenah. Many attended his funeral, amongst
them the scholars, the judges from the Sharee'ah courts, the students of knowledge and
other than them.
his death, the Ummah was at a loss of the likes of those
scholars who acted upon their sound knowledge. So we ask Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) to forgive him and have
mercy upon him and bring forth for the Ummah more scholars who act upon their sound