ABOUT UMDAT AL-AHKAM:
Umdat Al-Ahkam contains some of the most authentic Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). They are chosen from Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. They are listed according to their topics of the Islamic Law so that the scholars can extract and deduce Islamic rulings from them easily. 'Umdat al-Ahkam is one of the popular smaller manuals on fiqhul Hadith, originally penned down as a Hanbali manual. Compiled from the Sahihayn, this work and that of Bulugh al-Maram has been used and explained by scholars of various madahibs.
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ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY:
This commentary is very concise and yet elaborate enough to come to know the meaning and context behind these Ahadith mentioned. One of the characteristics of this commentary is that elucidates the problematic wordings in the text and sometimes the commentator focuses on companion biographical background. He then further delves in to the positions of the Imams of fiqh, mentioning why they interpret these ahadith the way they do as well as why their Usul differs in these matters.
هذا هو كتاب "إحكام الأحكام شرح عمدة الأحكام" للإمام تقي الدين ابن دقيق العيد، وهو ما أملاه على الشيخ عماد الدين ابن الأثير الحلبي، وهو كتاب جليل نافع، عظيم في بابه، مبرز في موضوعه
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is extremely well edited and researched. It contains brief study on the background of the authors.
ABOUT IMAM 'ABD AL-GHANI AL-MAQDASI:
He is ‘Abd al-Ghanī ibn ‘Abd al-Wāḥid al-Jammā’īlī al-Maqdisi was a scholar and a prominent Hadith master. His full name was al-Imam al-Hafidh Abu Muhammad Abdul-Ghani ibn Abdul-Wahid al-Jammaʻili al-Maqdisi al-Hanbali. He was born in 541 AH (1146 CE) in the village of Jummail in Palestine. He studied with scholars in Damascus; many of whom were from his own extended family. He studied with many scholars including the Imam of Tasawwuf, Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani. He was the first person to establish a school on Mount Qasiyun near Damascus.
Al-Maqdisi was an expert in the field of hadith, among his writings are:
--- Al-Kamal fi Asma 'al-Rijal , a book about the biography of the narrators. The Book of mentioning the names of the narrators of hadith kutub al-sittah (six books of hadith) that Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, Sunan Tirmidhi, Nasa'i, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah. The book is a source of writing all the books written about the names and biographies of hadith narrators.
--- 'Umdat al-Ahkam , compilation book of hadiths Jurisprudence. Umdatul Ahkam, referring to two kinds; namely Umdatul Ahkam as-Sughra (small), the book collections of hadiths fiqh of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim; and Umdatul Ahkam al-Kubra, a book which collects the hadiths legal sourced from kutub al-sittah .
--- Al-Misbah Fi 'Uyuni al-ahadith as-Sihah , which includes the hadiths of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim.
--- The Book of Dhikr;
--- Al-Atsar al-Fi Mardhiyyah Fadha'il al-Khayril Bariyyah.
--- Mihnatul Imam Ahmad,
--- Al-Arba'in Min Kalami Rabbil 'Alamin,
--- Al-Bashir Jami'us Shaghir Li Ahkamil nadhir,
--- Al-Iqtishad fil I'tiqad,
and many other works. He died in 600 AH (1203 CE).
ABOUT IBN DAQIQ AL-'ID:
He is the Imam, the Mujaddid, the Mujtahid, Shaykh al-Islam Muhammad b. 'Ali ibn Wahab b. Muti' b. Abi Ta'at al-Manfaluti, al-Qusi, at-Thabaji, al-Misri ash-Shafi'i (al-Maliki), from the progeny of the great companion Bahaz b. Hakim al-Qusheyri. He was born in Sha'ban in the year of 625 Hijri. He was born in to a household of knowledge, his father was much visited and frequented by Scholars and laymen alike for his knowledge, wisdom, God-Consciousness and his conduct. His mother was a celebrated scholar as well who was also the daughter of another celebrated scholar as-Salah Taqiyudeen Mudhafar b. 'Abd Allah popularly known as al-Muqtarih. Ibn Daqiq al-'Id's father mentioned when his son was born (which was while on route for Hajj), he carried him around the Ka'bah for the Tawaf and prayed that Allah make his son one of those given knowledge that he practiced.
He initially studied with his father memorising the Qur'an then went further to study the Maliki Madhab as well as the Shafi'i. He then travelled for Hadith knowledge in Egypt, Sham, and the Hijaz. In Egypt he studied with Sultan al-'Ulama al-'Izz ibn 'Abd as-Salam and others. He became popular amongst his teachers while he was alive and gained much famed career while he was young. Some of his popular teachers were: al-Mundhiri, al-'Izz Ibn 'Abd as-Salam, Ibn al-Muqayyir. His students were accounted among the best of his time, such as: Najmudeen b. ar-Rifa'at, 'Ala'udeen al-Baji, Ibn Sayyid an-Nas, adh-Dhahabi and many others.
Some of his work include:
--- al-Imam fi Ma'rifat Ahadith al-Ahkam: A work on Hadith designed as a fiqh manual with extensive coverage of the problematic nature of certain transmissions, its applications, as well its authenticity.
--- al-Ilmam bi Ahadith al-Ahkam: Designed originally for study circles to ease the student in to fiqh.
--- Ihkamul Ahkam Sharh 'Umdat al-Ahkam: Commentary on the popular Fiqhul Hadith work.
--- Sharh Mukhtasar Ibn al-Hajib fil Fiqh: An extensive and well celebrated fiqh Maliki manual.
He passed away on a Friday in Safar 702 Hijri, in Egypt. His burial was performed on a Saturday which was attending by extreme multitude of people, of all walks of life.