A Letter from Ibn Taymiyyah’s Mother: “Indeed I raised you for the likes of this…”
Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah sent his mother a letter excusing himself for being far from her while he was residing in Egypt, attending to the affairs of the religion and da’wah.
Walaykum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiraatuhu wa ridwaanuhu.
Indeed I raised you for the likes of this, swore you to the service of Islam and taught you the laws of the religion. Certainly never imagine, oh my son, that you being near me is more loved to me than your being close to your religion and your service to Islam and the Muslims throughout the various territories.
Rather, oh my son, the epitome of my being pleased with you is only according to the amount of what you put forward for your religion and for the Muslims. Indeed I will not ask you in front of Allah tomorrow (Judgement Day) about your being far away from me because I know where you are and what you are engaged in.
However, oh Ahmad, I will ask you in front of Allah, and hold you accountable, if you fall short in aiding Allah’s religion and serving its followers from your Muslim brethren.
May Allah be pleased with you, illuminate you with good and straighten your stride. May He gather me with you under the shade of the Throne of al-Rahmaan on a day there is no shade but His shade.
Was-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh.
[Majmoo al-Fataawaa (28/48)]