His Eminence Shaykh 'Abdullah ibn Qa'ud

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Hasan ibn ‘Abdullah Al-Qa’ud

His Birth:

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Qa’ud was born on the 17th night of Ramadan in 1343 A.H. in the town of Al-Hariq located in Wady Na’am, which is one of the valleys of Yamamah.

His Seeking of Knowledge:

He was brought up by his noble parents in affluent surroundings, as his father was a man of means. He studied the basics of reading and writing from the Ever-Glorious Qur’an with Muhammad ibn Sa’ad Al Sulayman during the end of his first decade and the beginning of his second decade. He later learnt the Ever-Glorious Qur’an by heart and some treatises of the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab under the judge of his town, who at that time was Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn Ibrahim Al ‘Abdul-Latif (may Allah be merciful to him).

After this, his desire to seek knowledge became stronger, so on the 27th of Safar, 1367 A.H., he left his affluent surroundings and travelled to Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Baz, who was in the region of Kharj. He remained with him for 4 years, apart from breaks to return home to visit his parents, who (may Allah reward them with the best) used to assist him financially whilst he travelled seeking knowledge. Under Shaykh Ibn Baz he studied many of the major books of Hadith and Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence). During his time with him, he memorized a number of treatises including Bulugh Al-Maram, and he was very keen to seek knowledge based upon authentic proof.

When the Educational Institute opened in Riyadh at the beginning of 1371 A.H., he transferred there and later graduated from the Faculty of Shari’ah in 1377 A.H. Among his teachers were Shaykh ‘Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz, Shaykh ‘Abdul-Razzaq ‘Afify, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Amin Al-Shanqity, and Shaykh ‘Abdul-Rahman Al-Afriqy (may Allah be merciful to them all).

His Work:

On the 8th of Dhul-Qa’dah, 1380 A.H., he transferred to the Court of Grievances and worked there as a member of the judiciary.

On the 1st of Rabi’ Al-Thany, 1397 A.H., he was transferred to the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta’ and was appointed as a member of the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, beside his membership at the Council of Senior Scholars. He retired on the 1st of Muharram, 1406 A.H.

After his retirement, he continued to partake in educational activities, pass Fatwas (legal opinions issued by a qualified Muslim scholar), and assist the University of King Saud by giving lectures to students in higher studies in the Department of Islamic Education.

On the 20th of Sha’ban, 1378 A.H., he was appointed as the Imam and preacher of the Jami’ Al-Mashiqiq in Riyadh. On the 1st of Muharram, 1391 A.H., he was appointed as the preacher of the University of King ‘Abdul-‘Aziz.

He has a number of publications, amongst them a collection of his sermons collected in 4 volumes under the name of Ahadih Al-Jumu’ah. Some of comments are included in the curriculum of Hadith and Fiqh for secondary schools.

The Shaykh died on the 9th of Ramadan, 1426 in Riyadh.