ABOUT THE BOOK:
This is a commentary on the popular work of Imam al-Nawawi. It has enjoyed so many commentaries, annotations that it is easily said it is by far the most printed book after the Qur'an.
This commentary is however not so popular nor really known due to the fact that it has been mislabelled and accredited to another scholar for the last half a century. Namely the title usually known to us as Ibn Daqiq al-'Id commentary. The editors have utilised a manuscript written or copied over by the author with his name label on it. Also many of the names mentioned in this print couldn't have lived at the suggested dates of Ibn Daqiq timeframe.
All in all, an excellent print with even much more researched, analytical editorial work than your usual basic tahqiq.
Imam Muhyi ddin Abi Zakariyah Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Al-Dimashqi knows simply as Imam Nawawi was Born in the village of Nawa in Southern Syria, Imam Nawawi spent most of his life in Damascus where he lived in a simple manner, devoted to Allah, engaging single-mindedly in worship, study, writing and teaching various Islamic sciences. Although best known for his works in hadith, Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) was also the Imam of the later Shafi'i school of Jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to Imam Shafi'i. He was a renowned scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning. Imam Nawawi died at the young age of 44 years, leaving behind him numerous works of great Imam Nawawi is well known for books which are easy to understand '...He has not placed any hardship upon you in religion...' [TM Qur'an 22:78] 'Whenever you speak to the people of something their mind cannot comprehend, it could lead some of them towards fitna ' (Muslim)
ABOUT 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 manyï¿½ 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 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.