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Imam Ibn Maajah

Imam Ibn Majah (209H - 273H), may Allah have his mercy upon his soul, lived during the Abbasid caliphate while scientific studies had begun taking hold in the Abbasid dynasty. During this time literary aspects greatly influenced writing and works about Islam, thus protecting Islam from these things had become of foremost importance to Imam Ibn Maajah and other scholars of this time.

Ibn Majah also traveled extensively to verify the authenticity of the ahadith he was narrating. His quest of knowledge left him with many teachers and students. Like other scholars of hadith, to avoid showing off, he did not write down his stories of traveling, otherwise, we would have invaluable resources to learn from.

Scholars have highly praised Ibn Majah. Al-Khaleeli said, "His leadership in knowledge is agreed upon, for he was well-versed in Hadeeth and it's memorization and he was widely read in this field." Adh-Dhabhabi said about Ibn Maajah, "He is the Haafiz, the authority, the well-versed in Tafseer, the leading hadith scholar of Qazween during his time; trustworthy in hadith and widely read." Buy this Book

Imam At-Tirmidhi

Imam At-Tirmidhi (210H - 279H), may Allah have his mercy on his soul, was born during the caliphate of Abbasid khalifa Al-Ma'mmun Abdullah ibn Harun Ar-Rashid, who started the fitna that Quran was a creation of Allah and not His speech. During his lifetime 9 Muslim Khalifas ruled with some being pious and noble while some committing evil and innovations.

Imam At-Tirmazi traveled a lot in quest for seeking knowledge which gave him the expertise needed to become a Faqih and muhadith of his time. Imam At-Tirmizi has related from likes of Imam Bukhari and Muslim. He was one of the outstanding students of Imam Bukhari and also studied under Imam Muslim. Imam Tirmidhi learned extensively from Imam Malik and became known as one of his staff due to his dedication in his learning the knowledge of ahadith. Buy this Book

Many of the scholars of past have highly praised Imam At-Tirmadhi. His book Al-Jami' At-Tirmidhiii is one of the most invaluable books of hadith available to date. Al-Hafiz ibn Al-Athir states in Jami al-Usul: "His sahih book is the best of books, the greatest of them in benefit, the best of them in organization, and the least of them in repetition." Imam Tirmidhi also gained a high status in other sciences of knowledge including Tafsir, Fiqh, and history.

Imam Shawkani

Imam ash-Shawkani (1173H - 1250H), may Allah have mercy upon him, had a modest upbringing upon virtue, good, and righteousness. He was continually well nurtured and treated. He memorized many books of present time at the very early age even before beginning his serious studies. He learned the sciences of Hadith from al-Hafiz Ali ibn Ibrahim ibn Amir and studied with many other teachers until he covered all the sciences. Buy this Book

Both his supporters and opponents agreed that Imam ash-Shawkani reached a level of verifying scholarship. He became someone who all would point to as a reference in the sciences of ijtihad, and he was one who would clarify the subtleties of the Shriah.

This book is in a series of biographies of some of the scholars and Muhaddithin of this ummah which Allah has granted glory and honor until the Hour. It focuses on certain aspects of the lives of these scholars including their attributes, their manners, their religion, and how great is our need in this era to know about these matters. There can be no return to the glory and honor that this ummah possesses except by assuming the noble attributes that the first generation possessed.

The biographies of these scholars are unknown to many Muslims. People have become tired of hearing empty talk. They want to see religion become a  practical reality just as it was during the during the lives of these scholars and in the lives of those people that followed them. This religion was well established at their times and it filled their hearts and minds, it was part of their very flesh and blood. If they spoke, it was for Allah's sake that they spoke, and when they remained silent, that too was for Allah's sake.

They illuminated the world with their piety, knowledge, worship, and their righteous deeds. Their character, morals, and manners were like those of the Prophet himself. If you look at their dealings you would see a living practical application of dealings of the Prophet himself. The very mention of these  scholars softens the heart of the believer, leading to sincere worship of Allah. Buy this Book

Muhammad Nasiruddin Al-Albani

This book represents a brief narration of the life of one of the foremost scholars of Islam during the recent past. The book tells the tale of a Muslim child born towards the end of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe. He was destined to become an inspiration for the entire Ummah including the scholars and great leaders.

The book represents a story of a modest beginning for the young man, his education and character building, leading up to his great services to the Muslim world that he offered. He had an excellent memory which allowed him to memorize many ahadith of the Prophet and become a great Muhadith of our time. Buy this Book

Finally, the book presents a picture of the legacy of knowledge that As-Sheikh, Al'Allaamah Abu Abdir-Rahman Muhammad Nasiruddin Al-Albani (1332H - 1420H - 2nd October, 1999 - May Allah's mercy be upon him) left, including his students, books and guidance.

Book written by: Abu Nasir Ibrahim Abdul Rauf & Abu Maryam Muslim Ameen
Verified by: Ash-Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ameen Al-Haleel Abu Abdil Musawwir (A student of Shaikh Al-Albani)

 

 

 

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