ABOUT THE BOOK:
Kanz al-Raghibin Sharh Minhaj al-Talibin is Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli’s (d. 864) commentary on Imam Nawawi’s Minhaj al-Talibin is perhaps one of the smallest but yet large commentaries of the early days in the late 8th century Hijri. Mughni al-Muhtaj and the earlier Kanz al-Raghibin of al-Mahalli are the only direct commentaries still being taught.
Dar al-Minhaj print is one of the finest out there in its editorial work to the quality of the print and binding. It has Tahqiq and Takhrij for the best and accuracy of the commentary.
ABOUT IMAM AL-NAWAWI:
Imam al-Nawawi is one of the most well known scholars and spiritual masters in Muslim history. He was a consummate scholar of several disciplines, including law, Prophetic traditions, Quran exegesis, and grammar. His works and profound personal circumspection have inspired millions of believers on spiritual and intellectual planes. He was born in Greater Syria, where he also died in 1277 at the age of 45. He was and continues to be the most referenced scholar in the Shafi'i Madhab.
ABOUT IMAM AL-MAHALLI:
Imam Jalaludin Muhammad bin Ahmed bin Muhammad al-Mahalli was born in Shawwal 791H in Cairo (791-864/1389-1459) was a versatile, scholar who excelled in jurisprudence, theology, grammar, rhetoric, and Qur’anic commentary. He was known for his scrupulousness, fear of Allah, and fearlessness in upholding the truth. Al-Mahalli was offered the highest judicial positions but refused them. He taught jurisprudence in the Mu’ayyadiyya and Barquqiyya madrasas.
al-Mahalli studied under;
* Siraj al-Din Ibn al Mulaqqin,
* Siraj al-Din al Bulqini,
* Burhan al-Din Ibrahim al Abnasi,
* al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar al Asqalani,
* 'Ala’ al-Din al Bukhari and
* Shams al-Din al Bisathi.
Abstinent and ascetic, he lived on what he earned by trade. His most famous work
- Kanz al-Raghibin Sharh Minhaj al-Talibin; a commentary on Imam Nawawi's Minhaj.
- Tafsir al-Jalalayn; Qur’anic commentary, which he began halfway through the text with Surat al-Kahf, ending with an-Nas and al-Fatiha. Although he died before he could start the other half, the work was completed by his student, Jalalu’d-Din as-Suyuti.
- al-Bad al-Tali' fi Halli Jam' al-Jawami' ; a commentary on Ibn al-Subkis Jam' al-Jawami'.
- al-Manahij fi’l-fiqh,
- al-Waraqat fi’l-usul,
- Kitab al-Jihad.
Amongst his students are;
Among his students were;
* al Hafiz Jalaluddin al-Suyuti,
* al-Hafiz Shams al-Din al Sakhawi,
* Nur al-Din al Samnudi,
* Imam Muhammad ibn Qasim al-Ghazi and many others!
His friends in Cairo said that al Mahalli has a brain more illustrious than a diamond!
Al Hafiz al Suyuti describing his teacher, said; "He was following the footsteps of the Salaf, enjoining goodness and piety, striving towards ma’ruf and forbidding munkar acts. Rulers in Cairo wished to seek his audience but he always refuse them.” Once, a ruler in Cairo wish to provide Imam al Mahalli with some clothing's and money but he refused, saying “I do not seek wealth! I’m proud of my poverty!” After al Hafiz Ibn Hajar al Asqalani‘s death, the ruler in Cairo wished that Imam al Mahalli replace him as al Qadi al Akbar but Imam al Mahalli refused to accept it and told his colleagues; "I can’t bear the heat of Hellfire!” Imam al Mahalli fell sick in the mid of Ramadan 863H and passed away on a Saturday, in the month of Muharram 864H.