He was, rahimahullaah, Abu Abdullaah Muhammad Ibn Saalih Ibn Muhammad Ibn al-Uthaymeen at-Tamimi an-Najdi. Shaikh Uthaymeen, as he was most known, was born in the city of Unayzah, Qaseem Region, Saudi Arabia, on 27th Ramadhan 1347H in a famous religious family.
He got his education from many prominent scholars like Shaikh 'Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Naasir as-Sa'dee (1307H - 1376H), Shaikh Muhammad Ameen ash-Shanqeetee (1325H - 1393H), and Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz (1330H - 1420H), along with many more.
When he entered into teaching, a great number of students from inside and outside Saudi Arabia benefited from him. He was known for his own unique style of interpretation and explanation of religious points. He is from among those scholars who served Islaam without any type of religious prejudice and kept themselves away from the limitations of blind-following. He is distinguished in his great exertion of effort in religious matters and analogical deductions which clearly prove the religious understanding he possessed, and the correct usage of the principles of religion he adopted.
Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen, along with Shaikh Naasir-ud-Deen al-Albaanee (d. 1420H), Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baaz (d. 1420H), and Shaikh Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi'ee (d. 1422H), were the era of 1400H top Ahlus-Sunnah scholars, although many more deserve to be mentioned in the strive for this Deen of Islaam, such as:
- Shaikh Abdullaah Ibn Abdur-Rahmaan al-Jibreen,
- Shaikh Sa'eed Ibn Alee Ibn Wahf Al-Qahtaani,
- Dr. Saalih Ibn Fawzaan Ibn Abdullaah Al-Fawzaan,
- Shaikh Muhammad bin Jameel Zaynoo,
- Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid and,
- Shaikh Saifur-Rahmaan Mubarakpooree, amongst others.
In giving religious verdicts, Shaikh Uthaymeen's Fataawa (i.e, rulings/verdicts) are based on the Manhaj of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa'ah which is evidenced from the Qur'aan and Sunnah. He has about fifty compilations to his credit. Recently before his death, he was teaching religious Fundamentals at the Sharee'ah Faculty of Imaam Muhammad Ibn Sa'ud Islaamic University, Qaseem Branch. He was also a member of the Senior Scholars Committee of the Kingdom, and was the Imaam and Khateeb of the big Mosque of Unayzah city.
Among his well-known works in Da'wah:
- Tafseer Ayatul-Kursee
- Sharh Riyadh Saaliheen
- Musdhalihah Hadeeth
- Kitaab ul-Ilm
- Qawaa'id Muthla fi Sifaati Allah wa Asmaa'ihil Husna
- Aqeedah Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah
- Sharh Usool Thalaathah
- Qawl Mufiid ala Kitaab ut-Tawheed
- Sharh Usool Eemaan
- Sharh Lum'atul I'tiqad
- Sharh Aqeedatu Waasiti
- Sharh al-Mumti' ala zaadil Mustaqni'
- Fataawa Arkaan ul-Islaam
- Majmoo' Fataawa on many topics of Islamic Aqeedah and Fiqh
Shaikh Uthaymeen's works can be found comprehensively at: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com
Shaikh Uthaymeen was famous for his simplicity, modesty, along with exceptional mannerisms towards all those he encountered, as well as his exceptional mannerisms in approach to topics free of dogmatic arguments. He is among the pre-eminent scholars of the era after 1400H.
Shaikh Uthaymeen passed away on Wednesday 15 Shawwal, 1421H. He was 74 years of age. He was buried in Makkah.