A statement attributed to ‘Allamah ibn Taymiyyah regarding the people of truth

Question

Is this statement authentic and what is the reference for it?

سُئل شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية: من هم أهل الحق قال: إما في السجون وإما في ساحات الوغى وإما في القبور

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) was once asked, “Who are the people of truth?” He replied: ‘Either under the earth, in prison or in the battlefield.'”

 

Answer

I have not come across this statement of Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) in his books, nor have I seen other senior scholars/historians attribute it to him.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar