Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen

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Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaymeen
محمد بن صالح العثيمين
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Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen Islāmic Calligraphy
Born(27th Day of The Month of Ramadan) March 9, 1929[1][2][3]
DiedJanuary 10, 2001(2001-01-10) (aged 71)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Resting placeMecca, Saudi Arabia
NationalitySaudi Arabia
Era20th century
RegionArabian Peninsula
InstituteImam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (professor)[1]
Muslim leader
AwardsKing Faisal International Prize (for Service to Islam; February 8, 1994)

Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaymeen (March 9, 1929 – January 10, 2001; Arabic: محمد بن صالح العثيمين), also known as Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen, was a prominent Islamic scholar from Saudi Arabia.[1]


Uthaymeen was born on March 9, 1929, in the City of Unayzah, Qaseem Region of Saudi Arabia. He is said to have memorized the Quran at his early age and pursued an education in Hadith, Tafsir, theology, Arabic Language and other Islamic studies, later graduating from the College of Sharia in Riyadh[citation needed]. He went on to become a member of the Saudi Commission of Senior Islamic Scholars, a professor at the College of Shari'a at Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University in Qassim and a member of its Academic Council and treatises dealing with different aspects of the Islamic doctrine[citation needed]. His most important books are his 15-volume book on fiqh and 10-volume book on the interpretation of the Holy Qur'an. He also used to teach at the Holy mosque in Mecca during Ramadan[citation needed].


After completing his memorization of the Qur'an and foundational studies, he began his full-time religious studies under Sheikh Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Mutawwa' and Sheikh Ali al-Salihi in Unayzah. These were the two teachers that sheikh 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sa'di had appointed to instruct beginning students.[7] After one year of studying under those two teachers, al-Uthaymeen began studying under sheikh 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sa'di in 1945 and continued to be his student until al-Sa'di's death. The year 1952, al-Salihi advised al-Uthaymeen to enroll in the newly opened Ma'had al-'Ilmi in Riyadh, which he did after seeking permission from al-Sa'di.[8] While there, he studied under Sheikh Muhammad al-Ameen al-Shinqiti, Sheikh 'Abd al-'Aziz bin Baz, and sheikh 'Abd al-Razzaq 'Afeefi, among others.[8] He studied there for two years before returning to Unayzah, where began teaching and continued his studies under al-Sa'di.[8]

The Four Levels of Spiritual Response to a Calamity[edit]

Uthaymeen's theory on the four levels of spiritual response to a calamity is outlined below.[9] This theory could be contrasted with the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief.

  • Level One: Discontentment
  • Level Two: Patience
  • Level Three: Acceptance
  • Level Four: Gratitude


  • The Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah: The Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah[10]


The Shaykh died on Wednesday 15 Shawwaal 1421 A.H. / 10 January 2001 C.E. at the age of 71.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "King Faisal Prize | Shaikh Mohammad Bin Saleh Al-Uthaimin". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
  2. ^ "Renewed Debate in Saudi Arabia on Underage Marriage".
  3. ^ "رسالة الى الدعاة".
  4. ^ bin Abdulaziz Al-Shibli, Dr. Ali (3 November 2014). "مشايخ الشيخ محمد بن عثيمين – رحمهم الله – وأثرهم في تكوينه" [The Sheikhs of Sheikh Muhammad bin Uthaymeen – may God have mercy on them – and their Impact on his formation]. Archived from the original on 30 August 2021.
  5. ^ أبو دقة, أحمد (2015-12-28). "اغتيال محمد زهران علوش... وإرباك الثورة". مجلة البيان. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  6. ^ أبو دقة, أحمد. "اغتيال محمد زهران علوش… وإرباك الثورة". منتدى العلماء. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  7. ^ المري, عصام. الدر الثمين. الإسكندرية: دار البصيرة. pp. 25–29.
  8. ^ a b c المري, عصام. الدر الثمين. الإسكندرية: دار البصيرة. p. 86.
  9. ^ Al-'Uthaimeen, Muhammad bin Salih (October 2003). "Fatawa Arkanul-Islam: Islamic Verdicts on the Pillars of Islam (Volume One)" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Al-Uthaimeen, Shaikh Muhammad bin Salih (2013). The Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah: The Beautiful Names and Attributes of Allah. Darussalam Publishers. pp. 175 pages.

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