About the Book:
This book 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. Verily, 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 stated.
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 household.
Every chapter commences with the Blessed Hadith of the Prophet (SAW), then the statement of the Khulafa e Rashiden, Sahabah, Taab'ien and other earlier Well known Muslim Personalities (Salaf as Saleheen, or Saints)
About the Author:
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 faraway lands to take in knowledge from him.
He authored many 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
Some of his works include:
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.
2. 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.
Counsel in threes:
It has been reported that the Prophet (s) said,
'The one who wakes up in the morning and complains about the scarcity of livelihood, it is as though he is complaining against his Lord.
The one who wakes up and is sad over the affairs of the dunya, is as though he has woken up angry with Allah.
And the one who humbles himself in front of a rich man because of his wealth will have lost two thirds of his Religion."
Umar ibn al-Khattab said,
' Good interaction with people is half of intelligence,
good questioning is half of knowledge,
and good Planning is Half of subsistence'
-Preparation for the day of Judgement (Imam Ibn Hajjar al-Asqalani)