ABOUT THE BOOK:
One of the rare pearls in Fiqhul Hadith is Imam Shafi'i's Musnad. Based on and widely accepted as the proof of legal verdicts in Shafi'i madhab, it and al-umm. One of its best commentaries and the expert in the sciences of fiqh as well as Hadith is Imam al-Rafi'i. Indeed little did he leave out to imagination. He has delft extensively on the matter of fiqh in the regard of this compilation. It is from the Umm compilation of the Jadid Madhab.
The editor has added another various levels of research such as the best transmissions known from Imam Shafi'i. The superiority of Rabi' over al-Muzni and vice versa as well as the importance of this commentary. Then after there is a biographical note and entrance on both of the authors.
ABOUT IMAM SHAFI'I:
Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Idris al- Shafi'i was a descended from the Hashimi family of the Quaraish tribe to which the Holy Prophet (SAW) belonged. He was born in Gaza, Palestine, and was raised in Makkah, his parents' home town. He memorized the holy Qur'an while he was still a young child. When he reached fifteen, his knowledge was so thorough, Muslim Ibn Khalid Al-Zinji, the Mufti of Makkah, told him: 'O Abu Abdullah, give fatawa (religious rulings), for by Allah it is time for you to do so! Imam Al-Shafi'i was active in juridical matters and his teaching eventually led to the school of fiqh named after him. He was a man of vast knowledge and authority. Scholars gave him the honorific title 'Father of Usul Al-Fiqh" (The Patriarch of the Foundation of Islamic Jurisprudence)
Imam Shafi'i died in the Year 204 A.H./ 820 C.E. and was laid to rest in Egypt
ABOUT IMAM AL-RAFI'I:
He is the Shaykh of the Shafi'iyyah in his time and there after, Abu al-Qasim 'Abd al-Karim b. Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Karim b. al-Fadhl b. al-Hassan al-Qizwini, al-Rafi'i. He was born in Rafi'i in the 555 Hijri. Amonst his teachers were his father; Imam Abu al-Fadhl Muhammad, whome he heard hadith from at a young age, Imam Abu Sulayman az-Zubairi, Abu al-Fath Ibn al-Batti, abu al-'Alla'i al-Hamdani, 'Abd Allah bin Abi Fatuh, at-Talaqani, Abu Karam al-Hamdani, al-Khatib, Abu al-Hassan al-Razi, and many more. Amongst his popular students were; al-Mahlabi, al-Mundhiri, and many others. He was excellent in his acumen and became the sole authority in the Madhab of Imam Shafi'i in his time. He wrote many works amongst them being;
- al-Ijaz fi Akhtar al-Hijaz; small treaties on his travels to Hajj.
- al-Amali al-Sharihat 'ala Mufradat al-Fatihah; 30 sittings wherein he dictated ahadith in regards to the Fatihah with its chains,
- at-Tadwin fi Akhbar Qizwin; published.
- Sawad al-'Aynain fi Manaqib al-Ghawth Abi al-'Ilmayn,
- al-Sharh as-Saghir; in Shafi'i fiqh
- Sharh Musnad al-Shafi'i,
- Fathul 'Aziz Sharh al-Wajiz; popularly known as Sharh al-Kabir,
- al-Muharrar fi Furu' ash-Shafi'iyyah,
- al-Mahmud fil Fiqh,
Imam has passed away in Dhil Qa'dah 623 Hijri.