Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd Passes Away

Inna lillahi wa inna ‘ilayhi raji’oon.

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd has passed away on Tuesday in Riyadh (source).

Shaykh Dr. Bakr Ibn ‘Abdullaah Abu Zayd Ibn Muhammad

He is the noble Shaykh Bakar Ibn ‘Abdullaah Abu Zayd Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Bakar Ibn ‘Uthmaan Ibn Yahyaa from the tribe of Banee Zayd al-Qadhaa’iyyah. He was born in 1365 A.H./1944 C.E.

He studied the Noble Qur’aan until the second year of infant studies, then moved to Riyaadh in 1375 A.H./1954 C.E. where he continued his studies, then to the educational institute, then the Faculty of Sharee’ah (at the University of Imaam Muhammad) until he graduated in 1387 A.H./1966 C.E. as an associate with first class.

In 1384 A.H./1963 C.E. he moved to Madeenah where he held the post of custodian of the general library within the Islaamic University.

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Alongside his curriculum studies he used to frequent a number of knowledge (seeking) circles of a number of scholars in Riyadh, Makkah and Madeenah.

In Riyaadh, he studied Meeqaat under Shaykh Saalih Ibn Mutlaq, and studied 25 points from Maqaamaat al-Hareeree, which his Shaykh had already memorised in entirity. In fiqh, he studied the book of transactions (al-Buyoo’) from al-Hajaawee’s “Zaad al-Mustaqni'”.

In Makkah he studied the book of Hajj from al-Majd Ibn Taymiyyah’s “al-Muntaqaa” under Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn ‘Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) during the Hajj season at al-Masjid al-Haraam in 1385 A.H./1964 C.E.

He sought authorization from a teacher in al-Masjid al-Haraam, namely Shaykh Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Hamdaan, so he personally wrote an authorisation for him to teach all the books of the Sunnah.

In Madeenah he studied Ibn Hajar’s “Fath al-Baaree” and “Buloogh al-Maraam” under Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah), including a number of theses in fiqh, tawheed and hadeeth in his house. In short he frequented him for 2 years after which Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahima-hullaah) authorised him to teach these books.

Since moving to Madeenah, he also frequented Shaykh Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeetee (rahima-hullaah) for approximately 10 years until the Shaykh‘s (rahima-hullaah) death during Hajj in 1393 A.H./1972 C.E. In tafseer he studied the Shaykh‘s “Adwaa. al-Bayaan”, and also the Shaykh‘s thesis “Aadaab al-Bahth wal-Munaatharah”. He also studied Ibn ‘Abdul-Barr’s “al-Qasd wal-Umam” and some of “al-Inaabah”.

In all he has received approximately 20 authorisations (to teach different books of knowledge) from the scholars of Makkah, Madeenah, RIyaadh, Morocco, Syria, India, Africa and other than them.

In 1399 A.H./1978 C.E., he studied at the Supreme Court of Justice as an associate, and achieved a Masters degree, and in 1403 A.H./1982 C.E. he achieved a Doctorate.

After graduating from the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 1387 A.H./1966 C.E., he was selected as a judge for the city of Madeenah, whereby a Royal Decree was issued to appoint him as such. He continued in this post until 1400 A.H./1979 C.E.

He was also appointed as a teacher in the Prophet’s Masjid in 1390 A.H./1969 C.E. until 1400 A.H./1979 C.E.

In 1391 A.H./1970 C.E. a Royal Decree was issued appointing him as an imaam and khateeb of the Prophet’s Masjid, and he continued in this post until the beginning of 1396 A.H./1975 C.E.

In 1400 A.H./1979 C.E., a decree was issued by the Council of Minsiters selecting him as general procurator for the Minsitry of Justice, and he continued in this post until the end of 1412 A.H./1991 C.E., when a Royal Decree was issued appointing him to the rank of excellence, and in turn a member of Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa and also the Council of Senior Scholars.

In 1405 A.H./1984 C.E. a Royal Decree was issued appointing him as representative of the Kingdom at the International Islaamic Fiqh Assembly, whereby he was selected as president of the Assembly.

In 1406 A.H./1985 C.E., he was appointed a member of the Fiqh Assembly at ar-Raabitah al-‘Aalam al-Islaamee (Muslim World League).

The Shaykh has approximately 66 publications to his name ranging from hadeeth, fiqh, Arabic and others, with the number consistently rising due to his on-going efforts.


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25 responses to “Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd Passes Away”

  1. ibnabeeomar says:

    one of the books of the shaykh that was translated into english was the book on the etiquette of seeking knowledge:

  2. Amad says:

    inna lillahi wa inna alahi rajioon…

  3. ExEx Blogger says:

    May Allah have mercy on his lovely soul

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  5. mos says:

    inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon,

    The most remarkable thing was, just last night, several brothers were discussing shaykh bakr aboo zayd. And one brother was quite concerned and asked if he was still alive.


  6. Yasir Qadhi says:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.

    Truly, one of the top scholars of our times, and an intellectual genius the likes of which is rare for our era. I tried to meet him every time I visited Riyadh but unfortunately never got that honor. He preferred to read and write rather than teach and lecture.

    His works stand miles above other works. There is no book that he has written except that he made an impact in that field. Truly, reading him reminds me of Ibn al-Qayyim and Ibn Taymiyyah.

    I remember when I was writing my du’aa work, I had read numerous books about du’aa, by classical and modern writers. Each one operated on a ‘standard’ methodology. When I got to Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd’s book, it was like a blast of fresh air. I couldn’t believe that someone could come forth with something so ‘new’ regarding a very ‘classic’ subject.
    Unbelievable, unprecedented, unmatched in its field…

    He also authored numerous small booklets; one of them is “The Ettiquettes of Conversing on the Phone.” Simple title, small book, yet the benefits and evidences he derives from classical sources regarding modern phone conversations is just jaw-dropping.

    His death is very sad news indeed.

    But if the Shaykh has died – and death will come to all things living except Al-Hayy – then his works and teachings live on. I hope and pray that all of us benefit from them.

    May Allah forive our dear Shaykh, raise his ranks in Jannah, and allow us all to follow his path and dedication in Islamic studies, Ameen!


  7. Qwerty says:

    ………..and May Allah SWT enable us to follow his manhaj in dealing with ahlul bidah.

  8. Sami says:

    ina lillahi, wa ina illahi raji3oon

  9. Muslimah says:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Jazakum Allahu khayr for informing us broher ibnabeeomar and shaykh Yasir for providing further insight.

  10. Islam Blog says:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

  11. inexplicabletimelessness says:

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon.
    Ameen to all the du’as.

  12. MR says:

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

    may Allah (swt) keep his texts alive until the end of time and may Allah (swt) reward for him for all his work. amen!

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  14. Abu Usamah says:

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Lillahi Raji’un

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  16. Niqaabis says:

    إنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجعون

    Allaah’s Messenger (sall Allaahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:

    “Allaah does not take away the knowledge by taking it from the people, but He takes it away by the death of the knowledgeable ones, until no knowledgeable one remains, then the people will take ignorant persons as their leaders, they will ask them, and they will give them fatwas without knowledge – and in one version: “according to their opinions” – so they will go astray and lead others astray.”

  17. Sis Shaykha says:

    “May Allah forive our dear Shaykh, raise his ranks in Jannah, and allow us all to follow his path and dedication in Islamic studies, Ameen!”


  18. ABUHANIFAH says:

    as salaam alaykum , may Allah forgive the sheik it is a great lost to the ummah, i remeber shiek ibrahim duwaysh mentioned when shiek BN Bazz died that , the death of a scholar is a darkness in the ummah! because without them who will explain the deen, the people will definitly be i darkness !
    may Allag grant the ummah a better replacement, and forgive the sheik, and raise him in the rank of the prophets, matrys, and the righoues. maa salaam

  19. Ismaeel says:

    May Allah forgive him


  20. Abdel-Mannan says:

    May ALLAH have mercy on the Shaykh, rahemuhuALLAH…
    it is very sad news walALLAHi,
    i just started reading his book The Ettiquetes of Seeking Knowlegde, and the brother who i borrowed it from told me when he passed…

    truly a person who LOVED the sunnah and LOVED the deen, he died teaching the minhaj us salaf….May ALLAH guide us to the Haqq

  21. Taqwa_Ash says:

    innalilahi wannilahi rajioon

    Subhanallah…this new brings nothing but great sadness. The first thing that came to mind was the hadith sr. Niqqabis stated in her comment.

    May Allah forgive him for his sins, grant him jannahtul ferdos, and make this grieving period easy for his family. Ameen

  22. brother says:

    jazaakumullaahu khayran

    a nice writing

    May Allaah accept him and us!

  23. jamal ibrahim says:

    inaa lilaahi wa inaa ilayhi raajiuun may allah give mercy to our beloved sheikh he was the ibn qayim of the era we seek forgiveness for him and all our grand sheikhs ibn baz ibn uthaymin albani muqbil bin hadi bin jibreen from almighty god

  24. Sani Ismail says:

    May Allah have mercy on him

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