IBN AL-JAWZI

  • [Continuation of his bibliography:]
  • al-Mudhish;
  • al-Muhadhdhab fi al-Madhhab;
  • al-Mughaffalin;
  • al-Mughni, a massive Qur’anic commentary which he abridged into Zad al-Masir;
  • al-Mukhtar fi al-Ash`ar, a ten-volume anthology of poetry;
  • Mukhtasar Funun Ibn `Aqil in over ten to twenty volumes;
  • al-Muntakhab;
  • Muntaqad al-Mu`taqad;
  • al-Muntazam fi al-Tarikh, a ten-volume history of Islam in which he narrates with his chain from al-`Abbas ibn Hamza and Musa ibn `Isa respectively:
  • I prayed zuhr behind Abu Yazid al-Bistami. When he first wanted to raise his hands to say Allahu akbar he was unable due to his great awe of Allah’s name. His joints began to shake until I could hear the rattling of his bones, which shocked me…. He used to rebuke himself and say to his soul every morning: “O lair of every evil! A woman has menses then becomes pure again after three to ten days, but you, O my soul! have been sitting for twenty and thirty years and not become pure yet. When will you clean yourself?”10
  • Mushkil al-Sihah in four volumes;
  • Muthir al-Gharam al-Sakin ila Ashraf al-Amakin;
  • al-Nab`a fi al-Qira’at al-Sab`a;
  • Naqy al-Naql in two volumes;
  • al-Nasikh wa al-Mansukh;
  • Nasim al-Suhur;
  • Qiyam al-Layl in three parts;
  • al-Qussas;
  • al-Riyada;
  • Sayd al-Khatir in three volumes containing aphorisms and wise counsels;
  • Siba Najd;
  • Sifa al-Safwa in four volumes, an abridgment of Abu Nu`aym’s compendium of Sufis titled Hilya al-Awliya, in which he cited al-Junayd as saying: “Of the marks of Allah’s wrath against a servant is that He makes him very busy with what is of no concern to him”;
  • al-Tabsira in three volumes, on oratory;
  • Tadhkira al-Arib on the Arabic language;
  • Tadhkira al-Muntabih fi `uyun al-Mushtabih;
  • al-Tahqiq fi Masa’il al-Khilaf in two volumes;
  • Tahrim al-Dubur;
  • Tahrim al-Mut`a;
  • Talbis Iblis, a work written against the Shi`a and the wayward Sufis;
  • Talqih al-Fuhum;
  • al-Taysir fi al-Tafsir;
  • al-Thabat `ind al-Mamat;
  • al-`Udda fi Usul al-Fiqh;
  • Usud al-Ghaba fi Ma`rifa al-Sahaba;
  • `Uyun al-Hikayat in two volumes;
  • al-`Uzla;
  • al-Wafa bi Fada’il al-Mustafa, a large work on Prophetic biography and immense merits in several hundred chapters;
  • al-Wahiyat, another title for al-`Ilal al-Mutanahiya;
  • Wird al-Aghsan fi Ma`ani al-Qur’an;
  • al-Wujuh wa al-Naza’ir;
  • al-Yawaqit, a collection of sermons.
  • Reproaches

    It was reproached to Ibn al-Jawzi that he wrote too much too fast without careful verification. Al-Dhahabi said: “We call Ibn al-Jawzi hafiz (hadith memorizer) in deference to the profusion of his writings, not to his scholarliness,” while Shaykh `Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda said: Our reliance is on Allah! Ibn al-Jawzi composed a great big book on hadith forgeries so that jurists, preachers, and others may avoid them, then you will see him cite in his exhortative works forged hadiths and rejected stories without head nor tail, without shame or second thought. In the end one feels that Ibn al-Jawzi is two people and not one!… For this reason Ibn al-Athir blamed him in his history entitled al-Kamil with the words: “Ibn al-Jawzi blamed him [al-Ghazzali] for many things, among them his narration of unsound hadiths in his exhortations. O wonder that Ibn al-Jawzi should criticize him for that! For his own books and exhortative works are crammed full with them (mahshuwwun bihi wa mamlu’un minh)!”11 And the hadith master al-Sakhawi said in Sharh al-Alfiyya: “Ibn al-Jawzi cited forgeries and their likes in high abundance in his exhortative works.”12 Abu al-Muzaffar Sibt al-Jawzi said: I heard my grandfather say from the pulpit: “With these two fingers of mine I wrote two thousand volumes; one hundred thousand [wayward Muslims] repented at my hands; and twenty thousand [non-Muslims] entered Islam.” He used to recite the entire Qur’an once a week and would not come out of his house except for jum`a or to the gathering.13… He had renounced the world and shared little in it… He never joked with anyone, nor jested with little boys, nor ate anything that came from parts the licitness of which he was unsure of.

    His Utterances

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