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Li Al-Imam Abul Fida Ismail Bin Kathir Al-Dimashqi
Takhrij al Ahadith By Talib Awwad
Hardback 608 Pages
Publisher : Darussalam, Riyadh & Darul Faiha, Damascus
About The Book
In this book, the stories of the prophets have been compiled from 'Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah' (The Beginning and the End) which is a great work of the famous Muslim exegete and historian Ibn Kathir and has a prominent place in the Islamic literature.
The stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur'anic Verses and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet (S). The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.
Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur'an:
'We are relating unto you the most beautiful of stories in that what We have revealed to you from the Qur'an, though before it you were from among those who were not aware of them.' (12:3)
'We have indeed sent aforetime Messengers before you, of them there are some whose stories We have related to you, and whose stories We have not related to you...' (40:78)
'We relate to you the important news of their story in truth...' (18:13)
'And all that We relate to you of these stories of the Messengers, We strengthen with them your heart. Through them there come to you the truth as well as admonition and reminder to all those who believe.' (11:120)
'There is, indeed, in their stories lessons for people endowed with understanding. It is not any invented tale, but a confirmation of what went before it, and a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to the people who believe.' (12:111)
'...so relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.' (7:176)
About the Author
He was Emaad Ed-Deen Isma'eel Ibn 'Umar Ibn ibn Katheer , 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 works:
- 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'i scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam,
- Extraction of the traditions of Tanbeeh (a Shafi'i 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). Ameen
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