ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Jawhar al-Tawhid is amongst those works that have had instant fame and acceptance even in the times of the author; Imam al-Laqani. It was a simple work written in a poetical form that was meant for students to memorise the basic aspects of one's faith. The book has seen many commentaries and amongst one of its earliest commentary is the authors son.
Jawharat al-Tawhid, translated as The Gem of Islamic Theology, is one of the approved and accredited texts of the Sunni Creed in the Ashari school. Written as a poem to facilitate memorizing it and to make it more enjoyable and appealing for young students. This was a method widely used to teach and convey knowledge in the past and is still used in some schools till today. It was composed by Imam Ibrahim al-Laqani al-Maliki (1041 H) upon a gesture from his Sufi mentor. Due to its high value and wide acceptance, many commentaries were written to elaborate and explain the meanings it had within.
This commentary; Tuhfatul Murid ala Jawharatul Tawhid or Hashiyat al-Bajuri as it is widely known is by the most relied on commentary of the Jawharat. It has very clear explanation and mentions various opinions that differ each other by the expert in this field.
This print is re edited and republished with extensive notes and explanations rendered from other major commentaries. The editor, Shaykh Ahmed al-Azhari is a well grounded scholar and researcher well equipped in this field.
ABOUT IMAM IBN AL-LAQANI:
He is ash-Shaykh Abd al-Salam bin Ibrahim bin Ibrahim al-Laqani, the Maliki Jurist, the shaykh of the Malakiyah of his day. He was born in 971. He was a philosopher, a Sufi and a ascetic Jurist.
Among his works is:
--- It-haf al-Murid Sharh Jawharat al-Tawheed
--- al-Siraj al-Wahaj bi Sharh Qisati al-Isra wal Mi'raj,
--- Ibtisam al-Azhar min Riyad al-Akhyar fi Rabi' al-Abrar bimowlid al-Habib al-Mukhtar,
--- Sharh Mandhumat al-Jaza'iriyyah fil 'Aqaid,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Tadhkirat al-Qurtubi.
He passed away in 1078.
ABOUT IMAM AL-BAJURI:
His name was Ibrahim b. Muhammad b. Ahmed ash-Shafi'i born in in Bajur in the year of 1198 Hijri or 1784 CE. He was also popularly known in most of his work refer him as al-Bayjuri however the correct version is al-Bajuri. Early on he excelled in the qur'an and then moved on to al-Azhar wherein he studied with many of its scholars. He become one of Azhars deans and headed there for a quite a time. Imam al-Bajuri studied with some of the most prominent scholars of his time, these included:
*** Muhammad al-Amir al-Kabir al-Maliki, (d.1817),
*** 'Abdullah al-Sharqawi al-Shafi'i, Shaykh al-Azhar 1793-1812 (d.1812),
*** Dawud al-Qalawi (d. uncertain),
*** Muhammad al-Fadali, (d.1821),
*** Hasan al-Quwaysni Shaykh al-Azhar 1834-1838 (d.1838),
*** Abu Hurayba al-Shintinawi al-Naqshbandi [sufi shaykh] (d.1852),
He taught many of its prestigious students. Imam al-Bajuri is also know as a prolific author who penned many commentaries supra commentaries. Over 20 completed works are listed to have been attributed to al-Bajuri not to mention a further 6 unfinished works. Sufism [tasawwuf] is treated in al-Bajuri's theological and legal works, especially in his Tuhfat al-murid. This list of his works includes his commentary on the Burda - a poem covering the biography [sira] of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, from a decidedly sufi perspective and commentaries on Ibn Hajr al-Haytami's [d.974/ 1566-67] and Ahmed al-Dardir's [d. 1201/1786] works on the Birthday [Mawlid] of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The latter is really a subject of jurisprudence, but is also tied to tasawwuf, as Sufis are often the most active proponents of Mawlid Celebrations.
Among the other works are:
--- Hashiyat 'ala Matn al-Jawharat also popularly known as Tuhfat al-Murid 'ala Jawharat al-Tawheed,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Matn al-Sanusiyyah,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Tahqiq also known as al-Maqam 'ala Kifayat al-'Awwam fima Yajib 'alayhim min 'ilm al-Kalam,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Sharh as-Sa'ad lil 'Aqa'id al-Nasafiyyah,
--- Hasiyat 'ala Fathul Qarib al-Mujib fi Sharh Alfadh al-Taqrib (on the MAtn Ghayah of Abi Shuja').
--- Sharh Ghayat al-Ikhtisar li Ibn Qasim,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Mawahib al-Laduniyah 'ala Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah,
--- Tuhfat al-Bashar, Ta'liqat 'ala Mawlad al-Mustafa (SAW) li Ibn Hajar al-Haytami,
--- Ta'liq ala al-Kashshaf fi Tafseeer al-Qur'an al-Karim,
--- Hashiyat al-Bajuri 'ala Qasidat al-Burdah lil Busairi,
and many a more we cant name here.
The chronicles relate him as a deeply pious man devoted to seeking knowledge and seeking its benefits, as well as to educating others and benefiting them thereby. He is described as one whose tongue was always ''wet with praise'' of Allah and with the recitation of the Qur'an, which he would complete in a day and a night,or nearly so. His love for the Prophet and his Family is also noted, and it is said he would visit their tombs often.
He passed away in 1858 after leaving his post as the Chief Shaykh of Al-Azhar, Cairo.