The life of Imam Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz
His full name is ‘Abdul-Azeez bin ‘Abdillah bin ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Muhammad bin Abdillah, and his family name is Baaz. He was born in Riyaadh, K.S.A in the month of Thul-Hijja in the year 1330H.
Translator’s note: The Shaikh, may Allah have mercy on him, is commonly known as: ash-Shaikh Bin Baaz or ash-Shaikh Abdul-Azeez, may Allah have mercy on him.
Ibn Baaz, may Allah have mercy on him, had no remembrance of his father. He had no remembrance of him due to the fact that his father passed away while Ibn Baaz was a small child. As for his mother, she passed away when he was at the age of twenty-five.
Sa’ad bin Abdul Muhsin al-Baaz, a relative of Ibn Baaz, older than him by ten years, mentioned, “Abdul-Azeez was an upright youth, he was always eager to do good deeds and you could always find him in the Masjid. We found these characteristics in him while he was at the age of thirteen.”
During Ibn Baaz’s childhood he was from the most generous of people. Sa’ad al-Baaz mentions, “While Ibn Baaz was a student learning from the scholars, if someone gave him a greeting, he would invite them to lunch or dinner. Abdul’Azeez would never believe the food he was serving his guest wasn’t good enough, and we saw that Allah, the Most High, would put much good in that food.”
Ash-Shaikh Abdul-‘Azeez said about himself, “I began to study during my childhood. I memorized the Qu’ran with my teacher as-Shaikh Abdullah bin Mafirij, may Allah have mercy on him, before I reached puberty. After that, I began to learn other sciences of Islam and the Arabic language. My learning experiences came at the hands of the many scholars of Riyadh at the time.”