ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Matn al-Ghayah of Abi Shuja' is very popular work read all over the place from early on but perhaps the most popular commentary known to us that has received acceptance among the masses and the layman is Ibn Qasim or popularly known as al-Ghazzi's commentary. He has really elucidated much of the masa'ils with references and brought the simple opposing points mentioned in the Matn al-Ghayah.
This print brings together chapter for chapter, topic by topic the two works together, the Fat-hul Qarib and the Nihayat al-Tadrib fi Nazm Ghayat al-Taqrib which is the versification of Matn Abi Shuja' or Matn al-Ghayat wal Taqrib. This is widely used to memorise the text by students in classical learning circles. It was also widely printed on the margins of certain commentaries on the Abu Shuja', namely that of Imam al-Ghazzi. The editor takes each and every opportunity to explain or annotate both text, linking them together, yet keeping the books separate and fluid. An excellent print with an excellent quality.
ABOUT QADI ABU SHUJA':
He was the Qadi (judge), Imam, scholar of high repute, the ascetic (zahid), a tenacious Faqih(jurist), a righteous and humble ruler (wazir). All such characteristics have been attributed to him by his contemporaries and biographers throughout the ages, such as in the Tabaqat Ash-Shafi’yyah of Qadi ibn Shuhbah, the Tabaqat of As-Subki, and within the many works of the scholars that are commentaries and supra-commentaries upon his famous”Ghayat At-Taqrib”. His agnomen (kunya) is Abu Shuja’ as well as Abu Tayyib. His full name is Shihabud-Din Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn [and it reads Al-Hasan in some works] ibn Aḥmad al-Aṣfahānī. Al-Hafith Abu Tahir As-Silafi once reported a hadith from him in his Mu’jam As-Safr up to Uthman ibn ‘Affan (radiya Allahu Anhu) that the Prophet Muhammad said, “Whomever builds a masjid for Allah the mighty and majestic…Allah will build something like it for him in Jannah!” Abu Tahir As-Silafi [died 576 A.H] said after reporting this narration;
“This Qadi Abi Shuja’ is from the most impeccable men of his time! He studied and taught the school of Imam Ash-Shafi’i for 40 years in Basrah. He mentioned this [hadith] to me around 500 A..H. and he lived for an extremely long time after that. I asked him about when he was born and he told me 434 A.H. in Basrah, and that his father was born in ‘Abadaan and his grandfather was from Asbahan.” His biographers mention that when he was the Wazir (vizier), he was just and cared for justice for all. While being a wazir, he would not leave his house until he prayed and recited much of the Qur’an. After retiring from his position of wazir, he traveled to Medinah and became an ascetic, divorcing the needs of this world. He became the custodian, cleaning and arranging the Masjid of the Prophet Muhammad until he died!
ABOUT IMAM IBN QASIM AL-GHAZZI:
He is al-Imam al-Allamah, Shihab al-Din Ahmad bin Qasim al-Abbadi al-Misri al-Azhari died in the year 995. He wrote various works, perhaps the more well known works consist of;
--- al-Ayat al-Bayyinat, a commentary of Jam' al-Jawami.
--- Fath al-Ghaffar, a commentary of Mukhtasar Abi Shuja'a.
--- Two commentaries upon Mahalli's commentary of al-Waraqat.
--- a commentary on Qatr al-Nada and Alfiyyah ibn Malik in the science of Nahw.
--- Hawashi upon the Ibn Hajar's Tuhfat al-Muhtaj, Sheikh al-Islam's commentary of al-Bahjah and Ibn Hajar's al-Imdad.
ABOUT IMAM SHARF AL-DIN AL-'AMRITI:
His name was al-'Allamah ash-Shaykh Sharaf al-Din Yahya ibn ash-Shaykh Nur al-Din Musa bin Ramadhan bin 'Umayrat widely known as al-'Amriti born in the vicinity of Cairo. He was popular for his excellent skills in Arabic prose and poetry or versification style. He has many excellent work beside this on Nadhm such as:
--- al-Taysir fi Nadhm al-Tahrir,
--- Tashil al-Turuqat li Nadhm al-Waraqat,
--- ad-Durat al-Bahiyat Nadhm al-Ajrumiyah,