Abridged Biography of Muḥammad ibn Jamīl Zaynū رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ

Introduction:
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Jamīl Zaynū رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 1431 AH/2010 CE) was a eminent & substantial scholar from Aleppo, Syria, & former teacher at Dār al-Ḥadīth al-Khayrīyyah in the blessed land of Makkah al-Mukarramah. Many know him for the work he’s done with Dār as-Salām which resulted in having a few of his works translated & published into English. He was highly respected amongst his peers & would usually sit within the gatherings of Shaykh Muḥammad Nāṣir ad-Dīn al-Albānī.

Synopsis:

  • Born in Aleppo, Syria, in the year 1344 AH, corresponding to the year 1925 CE.
  • Attended private school at the age of 10 years old to advance in reading & writing.
  • Attended the school Dār al-Ḥuffāẓ where he remained for 5 years during which having memorized The Qurʾān.
  • While in Aleppo, he attended al-Kulīyyah ash-Sharīʿah al-Islāmīyyah in which he was studying both Islāmic & modern sciences such as Tafsīr, Ḥanafī Fiqh, Naḥw, Tārīkh, Ḥadīth, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, French, & other sciences.
  • Obtained his school certificate & high school diploma in 1948. Thereafter, he entered Dār al-Mu’alimīn in Aleppo, where he would work as a teacher for approximately 29 years.
  • After teaching, he left for Makkah in 1979 & met Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz. Knowing he (Shaykh ibn Bāz) was a Salafī, he adopted him as his Shaykh in al-Masjid al-Ḥarām during the time of Ḥajj. When the Ḥajj season ended, he travelled to Jordan & stayed in the city of ar-Ramthā; where he would eventually became an Imām & teacher of The Qurʾān. He would regularly visit preparatory schools & direct the students towards establishing Tawḥīd, which they would respond to positively.
  • During Ramaḍān in 1980, he returned to Makkah to perform ʿUmrah & stayed until after Ḥajj. He then worked as a teacher at Dār al-Ḥadīth al-Khayrīyyah in Makkah, in which they would study Tafsīr, Tawḥīd, al-Qurʾān, & other subjects.

His Works:
As stated in the introduction, majority of people know him for his works that have been translated & published into English by Dār as-Salām, most notable of them being ‘Islāmic Creed Based on Qurʾān & Sunnah‘ and ‘The Pillars of Islām & ʾĪmān, & what every Muslim must know about his Religion‘. From his works are over 40 small, concise, & easy to understand treatises which are widely accepted within many countries, some of which have been translated into English, French, Bangla, Indonesian, Turkish, Urdu, & various other languages. Some of his works include:

  • aṣ-Ṣūfīyyah fī Mizān al wa as-Sunnah (الصوفية في ميزان ال و السنة)
  • Mukhtaṣar al-ʿAqīdah al-Islāmīyyah min al wa as-Sunnah (مختصر العقيدة الإسلامية من ال والسنة)
  • Khudh Aqīdahtik min al-Qurʾān (خذ عقيدتك من القرآن)
  • Tawjīhāt Islāmīyyah li’iṣlāh al-Fard wa al-Mujtami’ (توجيهات إسلامية لإصلاح الفرد والمجتمع)
  • Mukhtaṣar al-ʿAqīdah al-Islāmīyyah min al-Kitāb wa as-Sunnah aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah (مختصر العقيدة الإسلامية من الكتاب والسنة الصحيحة)
  • Akhṭā’ Shay’ah Yajib Taṣḥīḥhā fī Ḍaw’ al-Kitāb wa as-Sunnah (أخطاء شائعة يجب تصحيحها في ضوء الكتاب والسنة)
  • Quṭūf min ash-Shamā’il al-Muḥammadīyyah (قطوف من الشمائل المحمدية)
  • Mu’jizah al-Isrā’ wa al-Mi’rāj (معجزة الإسراء والمعراج)

His Demise:
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Jamīl Zaynū passed away on the day of Jumuʿah in the month of Shawwāl 1431 AH, corresponding to October 2010 CE. He was 85 years old. His Janāzah was held at al-Masjid al-Ḥarām.

May Allāh have abundant mercy upon Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Jamīl Zaynū & reward him immensely for his great contributions to the religion of Islām.

[Translated & extracted from Shamela.ws, Books-Library.net, & IslamStory.com – minor rephrasement added]

Ṣafīullāh Labīb ibn Salīm ʿAbd al-Malik
26th of Dhū al-Hijjah 1443 – 25th of July 2022

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