Sunna Notes 1 Studies in Hadith & Doctrine
Volume 1: Hadith History & Principles
By Gibril Haddad
With Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani’s
Nukhbat al-Fikar fi Mustalah ahl-Athar
Chosen Thoughts of the Nomenclature of hadith Specialists
Translated by Musa Furber
Release Date: June ’05
Published by Aqsa Publications UK
‘The present work is tribute to those prestigious predecessors. It is intended as a presentation of their thought on some of the core issues and principles of the sunna’ from the foreword
Volume 1 of the Sunna Notes collection. Including the Nukhba al-fikar of Ibn Hajar Asqalani.
The Second Part of this Volume includes a translation of Nukhbat al-Fikar fi Mustalah ahl-Athar (Chosen Thoughts of the Nomenclature of hadith Specialists) of Shaikh al-Islam Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani:
Abul Fadl Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn Ali al-Kannani al-Asqalani, better known by the name of Imam Ibn Hajar, was born in Cairo in 773/1372. He bagan his studies at the age of five and completed the memorisation of the Qur’an by the age of nine. A Shafi’i scholar and hadith master, he studied under renowned scholars in Cairo, Yemen and the Hijaz. Known as Shaykh al-Islam, scholars travelled from far away lands to take knowledge from him. Appointed to the position of chief-judge several times, he authored more than fifty works on hadith, history, biography, Quranic exegesis, poetry and Shafi’i jurisprudence; among the most famous of them is his fourteen-volume commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari called Fath al-Bari. He passed away in Cairo in 852/1449.
Ibn Hajr authored more than 150 books – most of them being in study of Hadith – which flourished during his lifetime, kings and princes were known in his time to exchange gifts consisting of Ibn Hajr’s works.
Al Haafidh Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalani was a prominent Qadi in Egypt as well as in Ash-Sham for twenty-one years. He was humble, tolerant, and patient. He was described to be hilarious, steadfast, prudent, ascetic, selfless, generous, charitable, and he spent much time in voluntary prayer and fasting. Those who came to know him praised him of his high standard of good mannerisms in dealing with rulers, Imaams, as well as those who sat with him young or old.
Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad was born in Beirut in 1380/1960. He embraced Islam while a graduate student in French literature at Columbia University in New York. He lives in Damascus. Since 1997 he has published many translations of classical texts by the living masters of the past and present.