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RIYADHAT AL-SIBYAN: Educating Children Classical Advice for Modern Time (شرح رِيَاضَةُ الصِّبْيَان) Imam Shams al-Din al-Ramli + Shaykh Abdullah BaSawdan
[AUTHOR: Imam Shams al-Din Muhammad b. Ahmed al-Ramli (d.1004) | COMMENTARY: Imam Abdullah b. Ahmed Ba Sawdan (d. 1266 H. / 1850 CE) | INTRODUCTION, TRANSLATION: Abdul Aziz Ahmed | COVER: PAPER BACK COVER | 134 PAGES | 2nd PUBLICATION 2016 | PUBLISHED: Dar al-Turath al-Islami & Kitaba | Cape Town, South Africa | ISBN: 978-0-9559649-8-5 |]
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EDUCATING CHILDREN
CLASSICAL ADVICE FOR MODERN TIMES
Translation of:
Riyadhat al-Sibyan

شرح رِيَاضَةُ الصِّبْيَان

AUTHOR

Imam Shams al-Din Muhammad b. Ahmed al-Ramli (d.1004) |

شمس الدين محمد بن شهاب الدين أحمد بن حمزة الرملي الشافعي الصغير ١٠٠٤ هـ

المُؤلِف:

COMMENTARY

Imam Abdullah b. Ahmed Ba Sawdan (d. 1266 H. / 1850 CE) |

الشيخ عبدالله بن أحمد باسودان الكندي ١٢٢٦ هـ

المُؤلِف:

INT/TRANS

Abdul Aziz Ahmed | 

COVER

PAPER BACK COVER | 134 PAGES | 2nd PUBLICATION 2016 |

PUBLISHED

Dar al-Turath al-Islami & Kitaba | Cape Town, South Africa |

ISBN

978-0-9559649-8-5 |

CLASSICAL TEXT | MANZUMAT | BASED ON IMAM GHAZZALI'S IHYA 'ULUM DIN |

COMMENATRY BY IMAM AHMED BA SAWDAN | CONTAINS BENEFICIAL NOTES |

MODERN CHILD UPBRINGING STUDIES AND RESEARCH ADDED |

BIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES OF AUTHORS INCLUDED | IDEAL FOR MODERN PARENTS |

EXCELLENTLY EDITED | CONTAINS THE ARABIC MANZUMA / VERSE TEXT |

QUALITY PRINT | MUNCHIN PAPER | TWO COLOUR FONT | VOWELISED TEXT |

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A translation and commentary on a classical Arabic poem about raising children. The advice it contains draws on traditional sources, the experience of the translator, and the reflections of people from various walks of life. The author of the poem Riyāatul ibyān, is the famed 16th Century jurist, Imām al-Ramlī. This Nazam is a rhyming version of one of the books of Imam al-Ghazali which appears in his collection entitled Ihya 'Ulum al-Din. Within the chapters of the Ihya, there is a chapter titled Riyad al-Nafs, Disciplining the Self, within that chapter there is a section titled Riyad al-Sibyan. Imam al-Ramli versified that section. This nazam or Manzumah has had various commentaries in the past, however this English rendition is based on the commentary of  the Yemeni scholar 'Abdullah Ba Sawdan (d. 1266 H. / 1850 CE).

 

Its translator, Abdul Aziz Ahmed, is an experienced teacher who studied both classical Islamic texts with renowned scholars, and modern psychology and pedagogy. The book discusses child development from the point of choosing a spouse to the child’s attaining maturity. It contains explanations of key concepts such as adab, etiquette, aql, intellect and role models. There are practical examples and reflections on real situations, as well as explanations of prophetic traditions.

Each chapter contains discussion points and quotes from various contributors. The topics include discipline, gender roles, the influence of television and mass advertising, the importance of finding time to play and relax, and ways of developing the intellect.

 

TESTIMONIALS:

‘A must-read for any concerned parent: Shaykh Abdul Aziz has taken one of the best classical works on Islamic parenting and contextualized the wisdom and guidance in a clear, practical and sensitive manner’

– Faraz Rabbani, Executive Director, Seekers Hub Global

 

‘In this welcomed translation of the classical manual, Riyadatul Sibyan, Shaykh Abdul Aziz Ahmed presents the theoretical foundations of tarbiyya, which is pivotal to Islamic education. In doing so, he will hopefully expose the upcoming generations to experiencing its realities”

– Yahya Rhodus, Senior Instructor, Seekers Guidance

 

‘An excellent combination of traditional Islamic views of children’s education and a modern application of those views which will provide inspiration for educators’

– Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley, Translator

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ABOUT IMAM SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMED B. AHMED AL-RAMLI:
His name was Shams al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad Shihab al-Din al Ramli born in Ramlah, a village near Manufiyyah in Egypt, in 919AH. He was the son of a famous Shafi`i faqih and mufti, Shihab al-Din Ahmad al-Ramli.

His teachers include his father;

--- Shihab al-Din Ahmed b. Hamzah al-Ramli,

--- Shaykh al-Islam Zakariyya al-Ansari

--- al-Khatib al-Shirbini,

--- Burhan al-Din Abu Ishaw Ibrahim b. Muhammad,

--- Shihab al-Din Ahmed b. Abd al-Aziz,

and many others,

After his father’s death he became the chief Shafi’i mufti in Egypt. Such was his eminence that many came to identify him as the Mujaddid of his century. He was known as 'Little Shafi'i'.

Some of his popular works are;

--- Nihayat al-Muhtaj ila Sharh al-Minhaj;
(
نهاية المحتاج شرح المنهاج)

--- al-Ghurur al-Bahiyyat fi Sharh al-Manasik; Manasik al-Hajj of Nawawi,
(
الغرر البهية في شرح المناسك النوورية)

--- Ghayat al-Bayan fi Sharh Zubad Ibn Raslan;
(
غاية البيان في شرح زبد ابن رسلان)

--- 'Umdat al-Rabih fi Ma'rifat al-Tariq al-Wadhih; a commentary on Hadyat al-Nasih wa Hizb al-Falah al-Najih of Ahmed al-Zahid
(
عمدة الرابح في معرفة الطريق الواضح)

--- al-Fatawa;
(
الفتاوي)

--- Sharh al-Bahjat al-Wardiyyah;
(
شرح البهجة الوردية)

--- Sharh al-'Uqud fi'l Nahw;
(
شرح العقود في النحو)

--- Sharh Matn al-Ujurrumiyyah;
(
شرح متن الاجرومية)

--- Sharh Manzumat Ibn al-'Imad fi'l 'Adad;
(
شرح منظومة ابن العماد في العدد)

--- Sharh al-'Ubab,

--- Sharh Idhah al-Nawawi,

--- Sharh Manzumat al-Baydhawi fi'l Nikah,

--- Hashiyat 'ala Sharh al-Tahrir; li Zakariya al-Ansari,

--- Hashiyat 'ala al-'Ubab,

 

He died at Cairo in 1004AH.s

 

 

ABOUT IMAM ABDULLAH BA SAWDAN:
His name was Abdullah b. Ahmed Ba Sawdan, one of Hadramaut's most famous scholars. He was born in 1187 H (1773 CE) in the Do'an Valley which is also known as the valley of the Jurists because it has produced so many scholars. One of his ancestors lived in a village named Ghayl Sawdan before moving to Do'an. Abdullah studied the Qur'an and his initial Islamic studies in the town of Khuraiba. He was so learned that he quickly gained widespread repute and had some of the most influential students.

He wrote several works such as:

--- Sharh Manzumat Riyadhat al-Sibyan

--- Anwar al-Lami'a wa Tatimatu Wasi'ah 'ala al-Risalah al-Jami'ah wa al-Tadhkirah al-Nafi'ah
(
لوامع الأنوار شرح رشفات الأبرار)

--- al-Ifsah 'an Ahkam al-Nikah; a book on the laws of Marriage,

--- Dhakhirat al-Ma'ad bi Sharh Ratib al-Haddad; commentary on Imam al-Haddad's litany,
(
ذخيرة المعاد شرح راتب الحداد)

--- Zaytunat al-Laqah Sharh Dhu'i al-Misbah
(
زيتونة اللقاح شرح ضوء المصباح)

--- Faydh al-Asrar bi Sharh Silsilat al-Habib 'Umar b. Abd al-Rahman al-Bar:
(
فيض الأسرار بشرح سلسلة الحبيب عمر بن عبدالرحمن البار .)

--- Hada'iq al-Arwah fi Bayan Turuq al-Huda wa'l Salah
(
حدائق الأرواح في بيان طرق الهدى والصلاح)

--- Ta'rif Tariq al-Tayqaz wa'l Intibah lima Yaqa' fi Masa'il al-Kafa'ah min al-Ishtibah
(
تعريف طريق التيقظ والانتباه لما يقع في مسائل الكفاءة من الاشتباه)

--- Tanfis al-Khawatir bi Sharh Khutbat al-Habib Tahir:
(
تنفيس الخواطر بشرح خطبة الحبيب طاهر)

--- al-Fatuhat al-'Arshiyyah:
(
الفتوحات العرشية)

--- al-Dhakhirah al-Fakhirah
(
الذخيرة الفاخرة)

--- al-Tawshihat al-Jawhariyyah bi Sharh al-Khutbah al-Tahiriyyah
(
التوشيحات الجوهرية بشرح الخطبة الطاهرية)

--- Lamahat al-Lahaz wa minhat al-Iqaz
(
لمحات اللحاظ ومنحة الإيقاظ)

--- Bahjat al-Nufus fi Tarjumat al-Shaykh Muhammad BaMashmus
(
بهجة النفوس في ترجمة الشيخ محمد بامشموس)

--- Thubat al-Asanid
(
ثبت الأسانيد)

--- Jawahir al-Anfas fi Manaqib 'Ali b. Hassan al-'Attas
(
جواهر الأنفاس في مناقب علي بن حسن العطاس)

 

Imam Abdullah B Sawdan died on 7th of Jumad al-Ula (20th of April 1850).

 


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