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Abu Al-Fida Hafiz Ibn Kathir Al Dimashqi
Hardback 21 Volumes, ~12600 Pages
Tahqiq: Dr. Abd Allah bin Abd al-Muhsin al-Turki .
Dar 'Ilm al-Kutub,Saudi , 1998
The Classical work Al-Bidayah
wa'an-Nihayah (The Beginning and the End) or Tarikh ibn Kathir (The history
[book of] Ibn Kathir).
One of the most comprehensive sources of Islamic history.
Abu Al-Fida, 'Imad Ad-Din Isma'il bin 'Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi, Al Dimashqi. , originally from Busra (Syria) – and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi`ee school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 700 AH or little later in an area called Majdal, near Busra, west of Damascus. His father died when he was only four years old and was taken in by his brother and moved to Damascus in 706. Here, he learned from great scholars such as Ibn Asakir, Ishaq ibn Yahya al-Amudi and the great Ibn Taymiyyah who was extremely close to him. He also studied under various other sheikhs who gave him permission in fiqh and Hadith. He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
He made many academic
contributions to Islamic sciences. The following are amongst his most prominent:
Tafseer of the Qur’an, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: a history of Muslims from Adam until Ibn Kathir’s time, At-Takmeel: a book on the science of Asmaaul Rijal (profiles of transmitters of Hadith), Jami`ul Masaneed: a book that collects the Hadith from ten major books of Hadith, , The classes of Shafi`ee scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam, Extraction of the traditions of Tanbeeh (a Shafi`ee book of jurisprudence), The commentary on al-Bukhari (which he did not finish), The book of laws (again, he did not complete it), The summary to the science of Hadith; a synopsis to the introduction of Ibn Saah’s work, Extraction of the traditions to the summary of Ibn Hajib, Musnad of the two sheikhs (Abu Bakr and Umar), Biography of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, The epistle of Jihad.
Al-Hafiz Ibn hajar Al-Asqalani said,”Ibn Kathir lost his sight just before his life ended. He died in Damascus in 774A.H. May Allah grant him Mercy and make him amongst the residents of Jannah (Heavenly Garden) .
يعتبر كتاب البداية والنهاية من أهم المراجع التاريخية وقد ابتدأ فيه مصنفه من خلق السماوات والأرض وما فيهن إلى القرن الثامن الهجري معتمدا في الأحداث التي قبل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم على الآيات والأحاديث والروايات المسندة الأخرى. وأما ما بعد البعثة فهو يتكلم على كل سنة على حدة، وما مر فيها من أمور وأحداث مهمة بشكل مشبع ومفصل. وهذه طبعة منقحة وموثقة ومقارنة بمخطوطات أخرى ومخرجة الآيات وعليها حواش في شرح المبهمات والمصطلحات القديمة
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