ABOUT THE BOOK:
Perhaps one of the best and extensive works to be written on the thousand poem lines of Imam al-Suyuti titled as Alfiyyat al-Suyuti. This small work usually memorised by the student is part of the curriculum of many parts of the world Hadith studies circles. Imam at-Tirmassi has a well grounded knowledge of the science and has poured in this work. Much of this work is drawn from the popular works such as Tadreeb al-Rawi (by Imam Suyuti), Muqadimat ibn as-Salah, Nuzhatul Nadhar (imam Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani. But most the commentator relies on the Tadreeb al-Rawi more than anything.
ABOUT IMAM SUYUTI:
Imam Jalal al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti al-Shafi`i al-Ash`ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti 849-911AH /1445-1505),, the mujtahid imam and renewer of the tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, encyclopaedist, historian, and biographer and probably one of the most prolific of all Islamic writers. There are an enormous number of his essays and treatises preserved today. A number of his writings concerned scientific topics or issues related to natural science and food and regimen, amongst other things.
From Asyut in Egypt, he was among the most renowned and prolific Muslim scholars of all time. He wrote more than 300 books, covering every aspect of the Islamic sciences. He memorized the Qur’an at the age of ‘eight, and then went on to study with more than 150 scholars. He travelled extensively in his quest for knowledge — to Damascus, Hijaz, Yemen, India, Morocco, and the lands south of Morocco, as well as in Egypt.
Al-Suyuti devoted his life to learning, teaching and writing. He was noble, abstinent and self-sufficient, distancing himself from people of rank and power and living on what he earned by teaching. Major writings of al-Suyuti that remain widely used today include al-Itqan, on the Qur’anic sciences; and Tafsir al-Jalalayn, which he completed when only.
ABOUT IMAM AT-TIRMASI:
He is Imam Muhammad b. Mahfud b. Abdallah b. Abd al-Mannan at-Tirmasi, al-Jawi. He was an erudite and most expert in Fiqh, Usul, Hadith and Qur’anic recitations. He was born in Tirmasi 1285 h. He quickly memorised the Qur’an after which he joined his father in Makkah. He has studied under various scholars in his time in Makkah, He quickly became an ardent student who mastered most of the subjects taught such as Usul, Hadith, Fiqh, Qira’at. Among his foremost teachers were:
-ash-Shaykh Mustafa al-‘Afifi, Abu Bakar Shata’, Umar b. Barakat al-Baqa’I, authors own father; Abdallah, Muhammad Minshawi, as-Sayyid Ahmad al-Zawawi, Muhammad al-Shirbini, Muhammad Amin al-Madni, Habib Hussain al-Habshi, and many more. Also some of his distinguished students were:
- ‘Ali al-Banjari, Umar Ba Junayd al-Hadrami, Ahmed al-Makhlalani, Muhammad Habib al-Shainqiti, Muhammad ‘abd al-Baqi al-Laknawi, and many more.
Among his mastery written works are:
- Manhaj Dhuwi al-Nadhar fi Sharhi Mandhumat al-Athar, Commentary on Alfiyyat al-Suyuti in Mustalah or Hadith science.
- Hashiyat at-Tirmasi almussama al-Manhal al-'Amim bi Hashiyat al-Manhaj al-Qawim, extensive annotation of Ibn Hajar al-Haytami's commentary on the Hadramiyyah.
- Is’af al-Mutali’ bisharh al-Badr al-Lami’ Nadhm Jam’ al-Jawami’,
- Inshirah al-Fawa’id fi Qira’at al-Imam Hamza riwayati Khalaf wa Khilad,
- al-Badr al-Munir fi Qira’at al-Imam Ibn Kathir,
- Bughiyatil al-Adhkiya’ fil Bahth ‘an Karamat al-Awliya’
- Ta’mim al-Manafi’ bi Qira’at Imam Nafi’
- Tahyi’at al-Fikar bisharh Alfiyat al-Sir lil ‘Iraqi,
- Thulathiyat al-Bukhari,
- as-Siqayat al-Mardhiyah fi Asami Kutub Ashabina al-Shafi’iyyah,
- ‘Inayatil al-Muftaqir fima yata’alaqa bisayyidina al-Khidhr,
and many a more works not mentioned here. In the year 1338 he passed away in Makkah al-Mukaramah and was buried there.