ABOUT THE BOOK:
The versification of this work titled as al-Hidayah fi 'Ilm al-Riwayah, versified by Imam ibn al-Jazari al-Salafi is one of the best in this category. Imam al-Sakhawi commentary serves perhaps as one of the first to be detailed in this manner. He explains in such a easy manner that it is not too extensive. This work is quoted and referenced by the commentator himself in his other large work Fath al-Mughith, the commentary of Imam al-Iraqi's Alfiyyah fi 'ilm al-Hadith. This work is meant to introduce the student to the science of Hadith in such a way that a beginner can easlity grasp the many terminologies and concepts discussed therein.
This print contains in two volumes an extensive study of the book, its various manuscripts and mistakes expounded. The editor mentions in the footnotes the errors he corrected in his inserted brackets of the main text. Some of the manuscripts the editor has relied upon was that of Madinah transcribed in 1081, another one from Dar al-Kutub al-Masriyyah which was transcribed in the lifetime of the author 879, and the third was also by Dar al-Kutub al-Masriyyah which was transcribed in 913. The editor used mostly the third manuscript.
ABOUT IMAM MUHAMMAD IBN AL-JAZARI AS-SALAFI:
His name was Shams al-Din Abu al-Khayr Muhammad b. Muhammad b. 'Ali b. Yusuf al-'Umari, ad-Dimishqi, al-Shayrazi al-Shafi'i, widely known as Ibn al-Jazari. He was born from a wealthy father (his father was businessman), who had no children for forty years. His father drank Zam zam water and supplicated during Hajj that Allah would bestow on him a child that would grow to be a scholar. So Ibn al-Jazari was born after Tarawih prayers on Saturday night, on the 25th of Ramadan 751 in Damascus. He quickly studied amongst the scholars of Damascus and then moved on to Egypt, and thereafter Yemen untill he reached the Western nations such as Europe, then Asia, Samarqand, Shayraz.
He wrote the biographical layers of various experts that he came upon in his time and was even given seats of Judge in some places. He became a rarity that people sought after, especially in Qur'anic recitation and hadith transmission. He was not known for his fiqh but his expertise was in Qur'anic recitations and Hadith. He was articulate and precise in his speech until he became the pole of recitation. Some of his well known works are;
--- al-Nashr fi'l Qira'at al-'Ashr,
--- Watibat al-Nashr fi'l Qira'at al-'Ashr; in it he composed thousand poem line,
--- al-Hiss al-Hisin min Kalam Sayyid al-Mursalin,
--- al-Hidayah fi 'Ilm al-Riwayah
Some of his popular teachers and scholars are the likes of;
--- Ibn Amilah ('Umar b. Hassan b. Mazid b. Amilah b. Jum'ah b. 'Abd Allah al-Maraghi died 778),
--- al-Salah ibn Abi 'Umru (Imam Salah al-Din Muhammad b. Taqi al-Din Ahmed b. al-'Izz b. Abi 'Umar al-Maqdasi al-Hanbali, died 780),
--- Ibn al-Shayraji (Ahmed b. Muhammad b. Sulayman b. Ahmed al-Shayraji al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali, who died in 765),
--- al-Manbaji (Muhamud b. Khalifah b. Muhammad al-Manbaji ad-Dimishqi who died 767),
--- al-'Imad Ibn Kathir (Isma'il b. Umar b. Kathir, who is well known for his tafsir and works, died 774),
--- al-Kamal b. Habib,
He was well known and widely benefited from through his works and otherwise. He died in Shiraz in Rabi' al-Awal 833, and was buried in his institue dedicated to the study of the Qura'anic recitation. After his passing, his fame increased many fold.
Rendered by Looh Press from Imam al-Sakhawi short entrance in Kitab al-Ghayah fi Sharh al-Hidayah fi 'Ilm al-Riwayah, with some additions.
ABOUT IMAM AL-SAKHAWI:
Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Rahman al-Sakhawi (1428/831 AH - 1497/902 AH) was a reputable Shafi'i, hadith scholar and historian who was born in Cairo. "Al-Sakhawi" refers to the village of Sakha in Egypt, where his relatives belonged. He was a prolific writer that excelled in the knowledge of hadith, tafsir, literature, and history.
His proficiency in hadith has its influences trace back heavily on his Shaykh; Al-Hafidh Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani. Among his works are:
--- al-Daw` al-Lami`
--- Al-Tuhfah al-latifah fi Tarikh al-Madinah al-Sharifah (التحفة اللطيفة في تاريخ المدينة الشريفة): About Madinah al-Munawwara.
--- Fath al-Mugeeth bi Sharh Alfiyat al-Hadith (Al-'Iraqi)
--- Al-Daw' al-lami` li ahli al-Qarni al-Tasi
--- Al-Jawahir wa al-Durar fi Tarjamat Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Hajar (al-Asqalani) ("Pearls and Diamonds: the Biography of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Hajar of `Asqalan")
--- Al-Maqasid al-Hasanah,
--- Ashratu Sa'ah (Signs of the Day of Judgment) - which has been recently reprinted with 'Tahqiq' by Muhammad al-'Aqeel.
--- Al-rihlah al-Halabīyah wa tarājimihā (الرحلة الحلبية وتراجمها)
--- Al-rihlah al-Makkīyah (الرحلة المكية)
--- Al-rihlah al-Sakandarīyah (الرحلة السكندرية)
--- Al-baladaniyat al-'alīyāt (البلدنيات العليات): A book where he records the names of 80 towns he visited and took knowledge from its scholars.
--- Bughyat al-rāwī bi-man akhadha 'anhu al-Sakhawi (بغية الراوي بمن أخذ عنه السخاوي) or Al-imtinān bi-shuyūkh Muhammad ibn `Abd al-Rahman (الامتنان بشيوخ محمد بن عبد الرحمن): A dictionary that lists the names of all his teachers.
He died in 902 in Madinah.