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Imam al-Qurtubi

Imām Abū Ábdullāh al-Qurţubi was born in Cordoba [now, in Spain] around 600AH [1200AD] His father was a farmer and was martyred by crusaders in Cordoba in the year 637AH. He was a Māliki jurist, Qur’anic exegete and a great hermit [zahid.] He studied under various scholars among them Abū Jáfar known as Ibn Abī Ĥujjah, the lexicologist and Abū’l Ábbās Ahmed ibn Úmar al-Qurţubi, a great...

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Imam Abu Bakr al-Aajuriy

Imām Abū Bakr Muĥammad ibn al-Ĥusayn al-Ājuriy is a famous muĥaddith and jurist from the fourth century after Hegira. He was born and grew up in the western part of Baghdād named Darb al-Ájurr, hence the appellation. Ibn Khallikān says: ‘He was a Shāfiýī jurist and a muĥaddith; he is the author of the famous book Al-Arbaýīn. He was a righteous and a pious man.’ Dhahabi says about him: ‘The...

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Ibn Hajar al-Haytami

Bismillāhi’r Raĥmāni’r Raĥīm Ibn Ĥajar al-Makkī al-Haytamī (909-974 AH / 1504-1567 CE) : Shaykh al-Islām Imām Abu’l Ábbās Aĥmed ibn Muĥammad ibn Álī ibn Ĥajar al-Makki as-Sáadī al-Anşārī al-Haytamī was born in the year 909 AH [1504 CE]. His father died when al-Haytamī was only a small child; so he was taken in the care of his [great] grandfather who had become famous by the...

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Imam Ahmed al-Bayhaqi

Imam Abu Bakr Ahmed Al-Bayhaqi  (384-458 AH / 994-1066 CE) : Imām, Ĥāfiž, Scholar, Jurist, Shaykh al-Islām Abū Bakr Aĥmed ibn al-Ĥusayn ibn Álī ibn Mūsā al-Khusrawjirdi, al-Khurāsānī was born in Shábān in the year 384 AH. Bayhaq is among the precincts of Nīshapūr at a distance of about 12 km [from Nīshāpūr] hence he is famous as Al-Bayhaqī. He attended the class of Abu’l Ĥasan Muĥammad ibn...

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Al-Shahrastani

Muĥammad ibn Ábd al-Karīm ibn Aĥmed Abu’l Fat’ĥ – famously known as Al-Shahrastānī is the author of the book Al-Milal wa’n Niĥal; and in my opinion, this is the best book written on the subject [of heresiology]. Even though, Ibn Ĥazm’s book1 is more extensive than this one, it is haphazard and lacks organization. Morever, there are [opinions] denigrating imams of Ahlu’s Sunnah; and in a...

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Imam Al-Khattabi Al-Busti

Ĥāfiž as-Suyūţī writes in his Ţabaqāt al-Ĥuffāž, p.404 “Al-Khaţţābi al-Imām al-Állāmah al-Mufīd al-Muĥaddith ar-Raĥĥāl Abū Sulaymān Ĥamd ibn Muĥammad ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Khaţţāb al-Bustī. [The Imām, the scholar of immense benefit, the Muĥaddith, the Traveler, Abū Sulayman..] He is the author of many works. He narrates from Abū Saýīd ibn al-Aárābī, Abū Bakr ibn Dāsah and al-Aşam. Ĥākim...

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