ABOUT SHUDHUR AL-DHAHAB:
This is Shudhur al-Dhahab fi Ma'rifat Kalam al-'Arab on nahw written by Imam Jamal al-Din Ibn Hisham al-Ansari. This work has a commentary by the author himself titled Sharh Shudhur al-Dhahab. It is intermediary work well studied all over the globe for centuries.
كتاب شرح شذور الذهب فى معرفة كلام العرب هو كتاب في علم النحو، مؤلفه: جمال الدين ابن هشام الأنصاري يتضمن الأصل والشرح، فالأصل هو: مختصر في النحو يسمى: شذور الذهب، مؤلفه ابن هشام الأنصاري، وشرح شذور الذهب وهو شرح ابن هشام الأنصاري أيضا، على مختصره شذور الذهب.
اشتمل الكتاب على مجمل أبواب النحو شرح ابن هشام شذور الذهب، وتمم شواهده بإيضاح عباراته، وما احتوى عليه من مسائل وأحكام نحوية، وذكر أقوال علماء النحو، والأمثلة والشواهد.
ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY:
This book is composed of a matn summarising the points of grammar, and a commentary by the author himself.
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is extremely well edited and researched. It has an additional annotation by Hubbud extracted from his larger commentary of the Shudhur al-Dhahab.
ABOUT IMAM JAMAL AL-DIN ABD ALLAH IBN HISHAM:
He was al-'Allamah, al-shaykh Abu Muhammad 'Abd Allah Jamal al-Din bin Ahmad bin 'Abd Allah bin Hisham al-Ansari was born in the month of Dhul Qihdah 708 Hijri, which is in agreement with 1309 A.D. He was born in Egypt. He quickly became a lover of knowledge as young age and would just sit with scholars and in the circles of study.
Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani mentions him in his book al-Durar al-Kamina that he took knowledge from all the great scholars of his time such as Taj al-Tabrizi, Taj al-Fakahani, Shuhab ibn al-Marhal and Ibn Jama'ah. His students didn't become well known but however it was testified that a lot of scholars from Egypt took from him.
He quickly became famous for his works in the science of Arabic grammar, such as:
--- Mughni al-Labib 'an Kutub al-A'arib,
(مغني اللبيب عن كتب الأعاريب)
an alphabetical organisation of particulars and other grammatical governors. He demonstrated his mastery of the linguistics of the Quran so profoundly that he was asked why he hadn’t actually written a tafsir. He replied, “Aghnani al-mughni.” i.e. “My book the Freer of Need has freed my of need for such a task.”
--- Awdhah al-Masalik ila Alfiyyat ibn Malik.
(أوضح المسالك إلى ألفية ابن مالك)
--- Qatru al-Nada waballu al-Sada,
(قطر الندى و بل الصدى)
--- Sharh Qatru al-Nada waballu al-Sada; which is his own commentary on the above,
(شرح قطر الندى و بل الصدى)
--- Shudhur al-Dhahab fi Ma'rifat Kalam al-'Arab;
(شذور الذهب في معرفة كلام العرب)
--- Shudhur al-Dhahab fi Ma'rifat Kalam al-'Arab; which is his own commentary on the above,
(شرح شذور الذهب فى معرفة كلام العرب)
--- Sharh al-Burdah.
--- al-I'rab 'an Qawa'id al-I'rab;
(الإعراب عن قواعد الإعراب)
--- al-Tadhkirah; Suyuti mentions this to be 15 volumes!
--- al-Tahsil wa'l Tafsil li Kitab al-Tadhyil wa'l Takmil;
(التحصيل والتفصيل لكتاب التذييل والتكميل)
--- al-Jami' al-Saghir;
--- al-Jami' al-Kabir;
He wrote over 28 titles or works in regards to Nahw, Sarf and Lughah, all being in the science of Arabic Grammar.
His fame was not limited to Egypt but quickly reached in the lands of east and west. While mentioning this, Imam Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani quotes ibn Khaldum saying: 'Everywhere we went in Morocco we would hear that there has come from Egypt an unparalleled scholar in the science of Arabic Grammar, not even reached by Sibawayh'. He was a Shafi'i in Madh-hab and later became lenient towards the Hanbali Madh-hab.
He passed away in friday evening 5th of Dhil Qa'dah 761 which is in agreement with 1360 A.D.