The Onlooker's Delight
Biography of Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Jilani
Ghibtat al-Nazir fi Tarjumat al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir
By Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani
Translator : Mokrane Guezzou
Editor : Dr. Hafiz Ather Hussain al-Azhari
Hardback 76 Pages
ISBN : 9780956356833
Publisher : Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust (H.S.B.T), UK
About The Book
For the first time in English, the amazing biography of al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir Jilani is proudly presented by HSBT Publications.
Ghibtat al-Nazir fi Tarjumat al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir (The Onlooker's Delight concerning the biography of al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir) is a concise outline of the life of al-Ghawth al-Azam.
From his early encounters with extreme poverty to his saintly miracles, his humble reclusiveness to his acceptance in Baghdad and beyond, this work offers a moving account of the greatest saint of Allah ever to have existed.
Ghibtat al-Nazir is the work of the hadith master Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852/1449), author of great works such as Fath al-Bari Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari.
Translated by Mokrane Guezzou, The Onlooker's Delight is an accurate and holistic account of this great figure of Islam.
Edited by Dr Hafiz Ather Hussain al-Azhari, the readers of this book, regardless of age, will undoubtedly take spiritual strength from this beautiful biography.
Table of Contents :
Introduction to Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani
- On his Birth, his family members and his description
- Description of al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir, may Allah be pleased with him
- On his protected upbringing
- His engagement in Islamic disciplines
- His treading of the path of asceticism
- On his extensive knowledge
- Extracts from Bahjat al-Asrar
- Exclusive reports from Shaykh al-Shattanawfi ; ''My foot is on the neck of every single friend of Allah,''
- His teachers in jurisprudence and the spiritual disciplines
- On his states when he began admonishing, teaching and issuing religious decrees
- On his saintly miracles and breaking of ordinary norms
- A sample of his utterances
About The Author
Abul Fadl Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn Ali al-Kannani al-Asqalani, may Allah be pleased with him, better known by the name of Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, was born in Cairo in 773/1372. He began his studies at the age of five and completed the memorisation of the Qur'an 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 knowledge from him. Appointed to the position of chief-judge several times, he authored more than fifty works on hadith, history, biography, Qur'anic 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.
The Dhahabi of his time and the amir al-muminin of the hadith scholars. Suyuti says that he drank from the well of zamzam and prayed to Allah to give him more knowledge than Shams ad-Din adh-Dhahabi. He is the author of over 300 books some going into lengthy volumes. He died on Friday 28 Dhi al-Hijja 852 hijri and was buried in al-Qarrafa, Cairo, now famously known as the City of the Dead (madinat al-mawta).
About The Translator
Dr. Mokrane Guezzou is a renowned British-Algerian translator of major Islamic works. His translation of Al-Wahidi’s Asbab Al-Nuzul also appears in the Great Commentaries on the Holy Qur’an series. He is also presently at work on a translation and study of Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari’s Al-Qasd al-Mujarrad fi Ma’rifat al-Ism al-Mufrad.
About The Editor
Dr. Hafiz Ather Hussain al-Azhari is currently a lecturer in the Islamic Sciences at Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust, Birmingham.
Ather Hussain began his Islamic education by completing the memorisation of the Holy Qur'an at the age of thirteen. After completing his GCSE's he moved to Jamia al-Karam, where he studied Arabic Grammar under the guardianship of M.I.H. Pirzada and Mawlana Abdul-Bari Sahib. In 1995, he travelled to Bhera Sharif, Pakistan, and completed the traditional seminary course with First Class Honours. Here he had an opportunity to be taught directly by Pir Karam Shah al-Azhari, may Allah shower His mercy upon him.
Between 1996 and 1999, he studied at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, the oldest seat of Islamic learning in the world. He specialised in Hadith studies, and graduated in BA Principles of Theology in 1999. Upon returning to England, he joined the University of Birmingham, to study BA Political Science. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2003. In 2006, he completed his Mphil in Theology at the University of Birmingham on the al-Jami of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, and he has completed his PhD (Theology) at the same institution.
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