ABOUT THE BOOK:
Celebrated as one of the great Hanafi/Hadith curriculum and a well acclaimed commentary on Imam al-Bukhari’s Sahih, which till today is published around the main text of the Indo-Pak print of Sahih al-Bukhari is this title Hashiyat 'ala al-Jami' al-Sahih. This work was due to the excessive time its author had on codifying books in his publishing house. He compiled marginal footnotes on al-Bukhari’s Sahih, which he was the first to do in India. These footnotes were thereafter completed by his student, Imam Muhammad Qasim al-Nanautwi, the founder of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband. He also spent many years in correcting it (tashih) and then published it with a magnificent forward written by himself.
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is excellent with extensive biographical context of its author, various forward by various scholars. It also has an opening chapters which assess the various opinions of the scholars in regards to the Ahadith methodology of Sahih al-Bukhari and why many things were said about it. Each volume is averagely over 700 pages making it eeach volume almost two KG. The hadith text has full tashkeel and is red in colour while the commentary uses red font in brackets the wordings thats being explained by the commentator. Also the book contains extensive tahqiq and Ta'liq.
ABOUT IMAM AHMED ALI IBN LUTF AL-SAHARANPURI:
He is Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali ibn Lutf Allah al-Hanafi al-Maturidi al-Saharanpuri, among the special students of the great hadith scholar of Delhi, Shah Muhammad Ishaq ibn Muhammad Afdal al-Dehlawi al-Muhajir al-Makki, who was the great-grandson of Shah Wali Allah al-Dehlawi. al-Saharanpuri was born and raised in Saharanpur (UP, India). After initial studies in Saharanpur, he went to Delhi and studied under Mawlana Mamluk ‘Ali and received ijaza (permission) in hadith from Shaykh Wajih al-Din al-Saharanpuri, who narrated from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hayy ibn Hibat Allah al-Burhanwi, who took from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir ibn Wali Allah al-Dehlawi.
He then travelled to the blessed city of Makka and performed Hajj. There, he studied the Sihah Sittah (the six authentic collections of hadith) under Shah Muhammad Ishaq al-Dehlawi and received ijaza from him. He then went to Madina and attained the blessings of residing in the city of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace ). Upon returning to India, al-Saharanpuri devoted his life to serving and teaching hadith, the lessons of which he conducted with extreme diligence. In 1291 AH, he was appointed vice-principal of the famous seat of learning, Mazahir al-‘Ulum in Saharanpur. Thereafter, in 1294 AH, he was appointed head teacher there. He occupied himself with business while continuing to teach. He owned his own publishing house, named Matba’ Ahmadi, and compiled various marginal footnotes on several books of hadith.
Some of his works are;
--- Hashiyat al-Saharanpuri ala al-Jami' al-Sahih:
Footnotes on Imam al-Bukhari’s Sahih, which he was the first to do in India. These footnotes were thereafter completed by his student, Mawlana Muhammad Qasim al-Nanautwi, the founder of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband. He also spent many years in correcting it (tashih) and then published it with a magnificent forward written by himself.
--- Hashiyat al-Saharanpuri 'ala al-Jami' al-Tirmidhi
--- Hashiyat al-Saharanpuri 'ala Mishkat al-Masabih.
--- Hashiyat al-Saharanpuri 'ala Sharh Sahih Muslim lil Nawawi:
He is known to be the first to have published the Sahih of Imam Muslim together with its commentary by Imam Nawawi. Even to this day, those who study various hadith collections in the madrasas of the sub-continent and elsewhere use copies which contain the footnotes of Imam Ahmad ‘Ali al-Saharanpuri.
--- al-Dalil al-Qawi Ala Tark Qira’ah lil Muqtadi’
As a great jurist and scholar of hadith, he was a beacon of truth, trust, piety and purity. Despite being a person of wealth, he was known for his humbleness and considered himself worthless. Due to these lofty qualities of his, the hearts of the elders of Deoband were full of love and respect for him. Accordingly, he was invited to lay the foundation of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband’s first building, which is known as Nawdarah. He received ijaza in tasawwuf in the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi tariqa from the famous hadith scholar, Shah ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Mujaddidi al-Dehlawi.
Among his students were:
--- Mawlana Qasim al-Nanautwi (founder of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband),
--- Mawlana Y‘aqub al-Nanautwi,
--- Mawlana Ahsan Hasan al-Nanautwi,
--- Mawlana Muhammad ‘Ali al-Mongeri (founder of Nadwat al-‘Ulama in Lucknow),
--- Mawlana Nur Muhammad al-Haqqani (author of the immensely popular Nurani Qa‘ida).
The Indian Mutiny of 1857 caused Imam Ahmad to return to his hometown of Saharanpur, where he took up a teaching position in the famous Madrassah ‘Mazahir al-Ulum’. Imam Ahmad ‘Ali was struck with paralysis towards the end of his life and left this mortal abode on the 6th of Jamadi al-Awwal 1297 AH.