About The Book
This new work is the first ever English translation of the classical text Ghabtat al-Nadhir by Shaykh al Islam Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, may Allah be pleased with him.
Ghabtatul Nadhir fi Tarjumatil Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir is a concise work about the characteristics as well as the achievements of al-Ghawth al-Adham : Sayyadina al-Shaykh 'Abd Al-Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah Almighty sanctify his secret, written by the great Hadith scholar Imam Ibn Hajr al-'Asqalani.
Table of Contents:
Introduction to Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani.
- On his Birth, his family members and his description,
- Description of al-Shaykh Abd al-Qadir, may Allah be pleased with him,
- On his protected upbringing,
- His engagement in Islamic disciplines,
- His treading of the path of asceticism,
- On his extensive knowledge,
- Extracts from Bahjat al-Asrar,
- Exclusive reports from Shaykh al-Shattanawfi ; ''My foot is on the neck of every single friend of Allah,''
- His teachers in jurisprudence and the spiritual disciplines,
- On his states when he began admonishing, teaching and issuing religious decrees,
- On peoples praise of him,
- On his saintly miracles and breaking of ordinary norms,
- A sample of his utterances
About The Author
Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani, (18 February 1372 – 2 February 1449, 852 A.H.) was a medieval Shafi'ite Sunni scholar of Islam who represents the entire realm of the Sunni world in the field of Hadith. He is also known as Shaykh al Islam. When he accompanied al-Kharrubi to Mecca at the age of 12, he was considered competent to lead the Tarawih prayers during Ramadan.
When his guardian died in 1386, Ibn Hajar's education in Egypt was entrusted to hadith scholar Shams al-Din ibn al-Qattan, who entered him in the courses given by al-Bulqini (d. 1404) and Ibn al-Mulaqqin (d. 1402) in Shafi'i fiqh, and Abd al-Rahim ibn al-Husain al-'Iraqi (d. 1404) in hadith, after which he travelled to Damascus and Jerusalem, to study under Shams al-Din al-Qalqashandi (d. 1407), Badr al-Din al-Balisi (d. 1401), and Fatima bint al-Manja al-Tanukhiyya (d. 1401). After a further visit to Mecca, Medina, and Yemen, he returned to Egypt.
Imam As-Suyuti said: “It is said that he drank Zamzam water in order to reach the level of al-Dhahabi in memorization—which he succeeded in doing, even surpassing him.”
Ibn Hajar went on to be appointed to the position of Egyptian chief-judge (Qadi) several times.
He died after Isha prayers on February 2, 1449 CE at the age of 79. His funeral in Cairo was attended by an estimated 50,000 people, including the sultan and the caliph. Ibn Hajar authored more than fifty works on hadith, hadith terminology, biographical evaluation, history, Quranic exegesis, poetry and Shafi'i jurisprudence.