7 Rabīʿ al-Thānī '44 — Biography

Brief Biography of: Sheikh ʾAbd al-Salām ibn Burjis ibn Nāṣir Āl ʾAbd al-Karīm (رحمه الله)


His Name and Lineage

He is the prominent Sheikh, jurist, and prodigious scholar of Islāmic fundamentals, and his full name is Sheikh Abū ʾAbd-ar-Raḥmān ʾAbd-al-Salām ibn Burjis ibn Nāṣir Āl ʾAbd al-Karīm.

His Birth, Upbringing & Pursuit of Knowledge

He (رحمه الله) was born in the year 1387 AH in the city of Riyadh which is the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, may Allāh protect it and the other lands of the Muslims from every evil.

He grew up within a household of religion and piety and was distinguished (رحمه الله) from an early age for his intelligence, determination, seriousness and hard work. He memorized the Qurʾān ane began his journey of seeking knowledge while just at the age of thirteen years old. He received special attention and preferential treatment from several of his scholars and teachers when they recognized in him the signs of distinction and ingenuity. It was said:

"He (رحمه الله) became famous from a very early age for his perception and brilliance as well as his serious interest in seeking knowledge and acquriring it. A proper learning environment was available to him and he was serious in pursuit of knowledge and thus strove hard, exerted much effort, stayed up nights and continued for days in pursuit of it. And he continued on the path of knowledge and proceeded forward without desiring anything else but to acquire it. The people who describe him continue to mention his seriousness in pursuit of knowledge and his commitment to it and learning and due to this, he was able to achieve a significant level of knowledge in the Islāmic sciences." (1)

"He consistently attended the lessons of the scholars and whomever he felt might grant him even the smallest amount of benefit without any arrogance or partiality. He continued and perserved and exerted all of his efforts on the path until he attined in his youth what others do not acquire over an extremely long period of time in terms of mastery of numerous sciences, disciplines and various skills."

"He did not limit himself to a single science when seeking knowledge. Rather, he studied many different disciplines. He studied the narrations of the Prophet (ﷺ) (al-ḥadīth"), theologies (al-ʿaqāʾid), jurisprudence (al-fiqh) the principles of Islāmic jurisprudence (al-uṣūl), terimnology specific to the narrations of the Prophet (ﷺ) (al-muṣṭalaḥ) and the sciences of the Arabic language as well as other sciences." (2)

And also, some of the brothers who knew Sheikh ʾAbd-al-Salām (رحمه الله) have mentioned that he used to memorize some classical Islāmic texts by heart. From these texts were:

His Teachers

He (رحمه الله) acquired knowledge from numerous teachers, some of them listed below:

...and many more.

His Works

His Death

Sheikh ʾAbd al-Salām ibn Burjis (رحمه الله) passed away on Thursday night the twelfth of Ṣafar in 1425 AH He passed away in a car accident after colliding with a stray camel while returning to Riyadh from al-Aḥsāʾ. He was thirty-eight years old when he died (رحمه الله).

May Allāh have abundant mercy on him, and reward him for his great contributions to the religion of Islām.

The website of Sheikh ʾAbd al-Salām (رحمه الله): www.burjes.com

May Allāh bless you, and shukran.

Sources :

Brief contents of the biography is extracted from the book, Obstacles In the Path of Seeking Knowledge, in which it was taken from ʿNuzhab al-Anfus fī Sīrah ash-Shaykh ʾAbdus-Salām ibn Burjis. Minor changes were made to the original wording in this article.

1. Itḥāf an-Nubalāʾ 1/45

2. Itḥāf an-Nubalāʾ 1/46-47