ABOUT THIS BOOK:
al-Kamil fi Dhu'afa' al-Rijal by Ibn 'Adi is one of the earliest and most celebrated encyclopaedic works of biographies of weak hadith transmiters. Al-Daraqutni praised his book as sufficient for knowledge of the weak narrators. Ibn `Asakir and others declared him trustworthy and praised his mastership and memorization.
"It sufficient and it can't be supplemented" - al-Daraqutni
"...This book has no precedence.." - Ibn Kathir
"It is sufficient in its genre, as the name suggests." - Ibn Qadi Shuhbah
His method in the Kamil is to mention every narrator that was ever criticized, rightly or wrongly. Al-Dhahabi integrated it into Mizan al-I`tidal and expanded upon it, criticizing him at times for citing undeserving entries. These entries are based on alphabetical orders.
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is extremely well edited and researched. Each volume consists well over 500 pages averagely. An extensive background study of the book. Manuscripts used are thoroughly pictures and referenced.
ABOUT 'ABD ALLAH IBN 'ADI AL-JURJANI:
He is al-Imam, al-'Allamah, al-Muhadith, al-Hafid, Abu Ahmed 'Abd Allah Ibn 'Adi b. Abd Allah b. Muhammad b. Mubarak. Some of the biographers name his father 'Abd Allah and his grandfather 'Adi while others name his father 'Adi. So he is popularly known as Ibn 'Adi or Ibn al-Qattan or simply al-Jurjani. He was born in 277 H.
He started his Hadith studeis in 290 Hijri and he travelled distance between Samarqand and Egypt. His first travel was done at the age of twenty in 297. He heard Bahlul ibn Ishaq al-Tannukhi, Muhammad ibn `Uthman ibn Abi Suwayd, Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Marwazi, Anas ibn al-Salam... al-Nasa'i... al-Firyabi... Abu Ya`la al-Mawsili... al-Baghawi... Ibn Khuzayma, etc.
He was later a prolific writer and wrote some of the well known and relied upon works such as;
--- al-Kamil fi Dhu'afa' al-Rijal;
الكامل في ضعفاء الرجال
Many a works have been the subject of study and research based on this book. Imam al-Daraqutni was once asked if he could write on the subject of the Dhu'afa, the weak narrators, and he retorted if one had a caopy of Ibn 'Adi book "It would be enough that can't be added much."
He lived a long time and his chain of transmission became quite short. He specialized in narrator-criticism, hadith authentication and criticism, until he became a foremost expert in this science despite weakness in his grammar as one can gather from reading him. Al-Daraqutni praised his book as sufficient for knowledge of the weak narrators. Ibn `Asakir and others declared him trustworthy and praised his mastership and memorization.
Apparently he was Shafi`i and compiled a book based on the chapter-headings of al-Muzani's Mukhtasar.
He died in 365. Allah have mercy on him.