Arabic text, English translation, and commentary of Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya. Translation by Muhammad bin Abdur Rahman Ebrahim.
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Shaikh al-Hadith Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya (ra) was born oin 1897 to a deeply religious, pious family in Khandhla, U.P. India. He was privately tutored by his father, Shaikh Yahya, in the Islamic sciences and completed the six books of hadith with him. He dedicated his life to the teaching and writing of hadith. He worked under his shaikh, Khalil Ahmed Saharanpuri, to complete the eighteen volume commentary of Abu Dawud and later himself wronte the monumental twenty-three volume commentary of Muwatta Imam Malik over a span of thirty years. His other famous books are Fadail-e-Amal, Khasail-e-Nabawi [commentary of Shamail al-Tirmidhi], and al-Abwab wa al-Tarajum [explanation of the chapters of Sahib al-Bukhari]. He began teaching the Islamic sciences at the age of twenty and taught hadith for 46 years [1923-1969]. He remained in the company of his shaikh, the hadith master, Khalil Ahmad Saharanpur, for seventeen years until his shaikhs death in 1927. He was granted successorship [khalifa] by his shaikh in 1925. Hundred of devotees would come from around the world to benefit from his spiritual company during the month of Ramadan. In his later years, despite being incapacitated by sickness and old age, he continued to travel to different countries in order to revive the dhikr [rememberace] of Allah. His last Ramadan was spent in South Africa. His successors continue his legacy and many, by his order, have gone on to establish Islamic schools in many different parts of the world. He passed away [as he desired] in the blessed city of Madina in 1982 and is buried in Jannat al-Baqi [the graveyard adjacent to the Masjid of the Blessed prophet [pbuh].