Al-Munabbihat - The Counsel
Translated and edited by Habib Siddiqui
Paperback (IBT) 122 pages
Also Known as
Preparation for the Day of Resurection
By Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-Askalani
Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani
Al istidad liyaum li maad
Originally written in Arabic, this little work has remained unknown to the
English-language reader. A collection of sayings and admonitions by Prophet
Muhammad, other prophets of Islam, companions and great scholars of Islam, this
book serves as an added reminder to the reader of his/her responsibilities as a
Muslim. Each chapter is arranged in such a way that the number of the chapter
determines how many sentences are given in the paragraphs.
is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of the prophet (s), of the
companions, and of the pious predecessors and ascetics. Reflecting on these wise
sayings and heeding these counsels will assist in infusing us with the requisite
awareness and fervour to prepare for the Day of Judgement. Verliy, we are all in
need of such counsel, for our Day of Judgment begins not when the world ends,
but when our life comes to an end - which is indeed imminent - as the Prophet
The author has divided the book in a rare and unique
format. All the sayings are in fact practical advice of preparing for the
Hereafter. It is full of wisdom and gems and an absolute must every Islamic
Every chapter commences with the Blessed Hadith
of the Prophet (SAW), then the statement of the Khulafa e Rashiden, Sahabah,
Tabien and other earlier Well known Muslim Personalities (Salaf as Saleheen, or
Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani
Abul Fadl Shihab
al-Din Ahmad ibn Ali al-Kannani al-Asqalani, better known by the name of
Imam Ibn Hajar, was born in Cairo in 773/1372.
He began his studies at the age of five and completed the memorisation of the
Quran by the age of nine.A Shafi'i scholar and hadith master, he studied under
renowned scholars in Cairo, Yemen and the Hijaz. Known as Shaykh al-Islam,
scholars travelled from far away lands to take in knowledge from him.
He authored many works on hadith, history, biography, Quranic exegesis,
poetry and Shafi'i jurisprudence; among the most famous of them is his
fourteen-volume commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari called Fath al-Bari.
He passed away
in Cairo in 852/1449
Some of his
1. Fath ul Baari fi Sharh Sahih Bukhari:
A commentary on the superb collection of Hadith by Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail Al-Bukhari.
The most famous and well-informative commentary on Sahih Bukhari.
Bulugh Maram min adillatil ahkaam:
[English: Attainment of the objective
according to evidence of the ordinances]. A very popular book on Hadith as it
relates to finding evidence for basic Islamic jurisprudence.
Al Haafidh Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalani was a prominent
Qadi in Egypt as well as in Ash-Sham for twenty-one years. He was humble,
tolerant, and patient. He was described to be hilarious, steadfast, prudent,
ascetic, selfless, generous, charitable, and he spent much time in voluntary
prayer and fasting. Those who came to know him praised him of his high standard
of good mannerisms in dealing with rulers, Imaams, as well as those who sat with
him young or old.
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