All praises and thanks be to Allaah, the Lord of the creation. The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). All praise is due to Allaah, the Source of Praise and the Praiseworthy. Praise be to Allaah who raised high the position of knowledge and its outstanding figures, clarified the rites and rulings of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law), sent His Messengers (peace be upon them) to invite to the way of truth and guidance, and made others follow their example. He (Exalted be He) provides every period of time with a group of the people of knowledge, who guide those who go astray to guidance, endure harm patiently, revive the dead faith of people by the Book of Allaah, and guide the deviated ones by virtue of the Light of Allaah. How many people were overcome by Satan but they helped and revived them, and how many stray people did they guide! How great is their impact on people and how evil are people’s acts against them! They protect the Book of Allaah from the distortion of the extremists, from the falsehood of the false mongers, and from the misinterpretation of the ignorant people.
I testify that there is none that has the right to be worshipped but Allaah, Who has no partner. He exalts in degree those who believe and those who have been granted knowledge, whom He made God-fearing people and entrusted with bearing witness to His Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah/ monotheism). I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, the most aware of Allah among the creation and the most righteous and God-fearing person. He was sent with the straightforward and last religion. Thus, he raised the status of knowledge and gave preference to the scholar over the worshiper. May my Lord’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, his Caliphs, all of his Companions, and those who sincerely follow in their footsteps and adopt their way of life until the Last Day.
The graces that Allaah bestowed on me are countless and I cannot enumerate His Praise. Among the great graces, magnificent bounties, and honorable gifts that Allah facilitated for me was contact with and close proximity to His Eminence, Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Muhammad Aal Al-Shaykh as I benefited so much from his knowledge and high morals. Indeed, his knowledge and morality were so great that so many benefited thereof, and they were ever-abundant. Glory be to Allaah, the True King, the Bestower… read more here.