ABOUT THE BOOK:
This work is an encyclopaedic dictionary of reports and or prophetic traditions that are either problematic in their wordings or not immediately understood. Compiled from many works that preceded this, the aim here is to be more thorough in its coverage and incorporate other phrases or text missed by Ibn al-Athir's predecessors.
INCLUDED IN THIS WORK IS:
Imam as-Suyuti had an abridgement of the Nihayat which he initialy titled as ad-Durur an-Nathir Talkhis Nihayat Ibn al-Athir, which he said was beneficial for the students without the need for the student to have the detailed coverage used by Ibn al-Athir. He further added to that work by providing extra examples and details missed or leftout by Ibn al-Athir in at-Tadhyil watadhnib 'ala Nihayat al-Gharib.
ABOUT MAJD AL-DIN IBN AL-ATHIR:
He is Majd ad-DDin Abi al-Sa'adat al-Mubarak b. Muhammad b. Muhammad 'Abd al-Karim b. 'abd al-Wahid ash-Shaybani al-Jazari widely known as Ibn al-Athir. He was born in 544 Hijri in Jazira and then after was moved to Mosul, Iraq. He was from a family of scholars, of many siblings and his youngest brother, Abu al-Hassan Ali ibn Muhammad, better known as Ali 'Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir, very popular amongst historians for his excellent works such as al-Kamil fi al-Tarikh and Usd al-Ghabah fi Ma'rifat al-Sahabah.
He was quickly received warmly by the laymen and the elite alike. He was popular for his in depth knowledge and problem solving skils. Imam Abu Shama'ah said of him; "He read Hadith and excelled at it. He was extremely intellectual with pious characteristics". He took knowledge from many scholars of his time and many others have studied under him. He wrote many works among the most popular being;
- Jami' al-Usul fi Ahadith al-Rasul,
- al-Nihayat fi Gharib al-Hadith wal Athar,
- ash-Shafi' fi Sharh Musnad al-Shafi'i,
- Tajrid al-Asma' as-Sahabah,
- and many other beneficial works.
He passed away in Thursday in Dhil Hijja 606 Hijri.
ABOUT IMAM AL-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 twenty two.