Archive for the ‘d.200 – 300H’ Category

Audio Biographies of some Companions

October 3, 2012

Audio bios of some of the Companions, some in the first three generations, and some of the later scholars, by Abu Talhah Dawood ibn Ronald Burbank:




A Brief Biography of Ibn Abee Aasim ash-Shaybaanee

May 16, 2012

From:   Article ID : SRH040002  [


Abu Bakr Ahmad bin `Amr bin Abee Aasim ad-Dahhaak bin Makhlad ash-Shaybaanee, famously known as ibn Abee Aasim

The Imaam, the Great Haafidh, the one who closely followed the narrations, author of many works and the Faqeeh. From amongst his works was ‘Kitaab as-Sunnah’ concerning the Attributes of Allaah as were understood by the Salaf.He was born in the year 206H and died in the year 287H.

His mother was Asmaa the daughter of the Haafidh, Musaa bin Ismaa`eel at-Tabudhakee and it was under him and his father that ibn Abee Aasim began his studies. He also had the opportunity to study under his grandfather, Abu Aasim. His brother, Uthmaan bin `Amr bin Abee Aasim was also considered to be from the great scholars of that age. After the age of seventeen, he travelled to various lands in the pursuit of knowledge and during his travels accompanied a number of the Sufi scholars such as Abu Turaab an-Nakhshabee.

His Shaykhs were: Abu Waleed at-Tayaalisee, `Amr bin Marzooq, Abu Umar al-Hawdee, Muhammad bin Katheer, Muhammad bin Abee Bakr al-Muqaddamee, Shaybaan bin Farrookh, Hudbah bin Khaalid, Muhammad bin Abdullaah bin Numayr, Ibraaheem bin Muhammad ash-Shaafi`ee, Ya`qub bin Humayd bin Kaasib, Ibraaheem bin al-Hajjaaj as-Saamee, al-Hawtee Abdul-Wahhaab bin Najdah, Duhaym, Hishaam bin `Ammaar, Abu Bakr bin Abee Shaybah, Abdul-A`laa bin Hammaad, Kaamil bin Talha al-Jahdaree, Abu Kaamil al-Jahdaree, Abdullaah bin Muhammad bin Asmaa, Abu Haatim ar-Raazee, al-Bukhaaree, ibn Kaasib and Hishaam.

Those who narrated from him were: his daughter, Umm ad-Dahhaak `Aatika, Ahmad bin Ja`far bin Ma`bad, al-Qaadee Abu Ahmad al-Assaal, Muhammad bin Ishaaq bin Ayyub, Abdur-Rahmaan bin Muhammad bin Siyaah, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Aasim, Ahmad bin Bundaar ash-Sha`aar, Muhammad bin Ma`mar bin Naasih, Abu ash-Shaykh, Abu Bakr al-Qabbaab and Abu Abdullaah Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Kasaa`ee.

He was appointed as the Qaadee in Asbahaan for thirteen years until the year 282H. When he died his funeral was attended by an estimated two hundred thousand people.

He used to say: I do not like that my circles be attended by the innovator, or one who makes false allegations, or one given to cursing and abusing, or one who openly commits sins or one who has deviated from the way of ash-Shaafi`ee and the Ashaabul Hadeeth [with regards the Foundations of the Religion].

Abu ash-Shaykh said: he held a lofty station in terms of modesty, virtue, abstinence and chastity.

Abu al-Abbaas an-Nasawee said: Abu Bakr bin Abee Aasim, he is Ahmad bin `Amr bin ad-Dahhaak bin Makhlad ash-Shaybaanee from the inhabitants of Basrah, from the Sufis of the Masjid. He was amongst the Ahlus Sunnah and Hadeeth, from the ascetics and those who enjoined the good and forbade the evil. He accompanied the ascetics such as Abu Turaab and travelled with him. He was Dhaahiree in madh-hab, trustworthy and precise, noble.

Al-Haafidh Abu Nu`aym said: He was a faqeeh of the Dhaahiree madh-hab.

However this attribution in problematic because he wrote a book in refutation of Daawood adh-Dhaahiree concerning his weakening forty authentic hadeeth.

Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Madeenee al-Bazzaar said: I went to Basrah while Ahmad bin Hanbal was still living and I asked him concerning the most knowledgeable in fiqh of them. He replied that there was no one in Basrah who was a greater faqeehthan Ahmad bin `Amr bin Abee Aasim.

Abu ash-Shaykh said: I heard my son narrate from Abu Abdullaah al-Kasaa`ee; I heard ibn Abee Aasim say: When the affair of al-Alawee occurred in Basrah all of my books were lost, so I re-wrote fifty thousand ahaadeeth from memory. I used to go to the greengrocers’ shop and write using the light of his lamp. Then I realised that I had not asked the permission of the owner of the lamp [to sit in its light] so I went to the sea and washed away all I had written and wrote it again.

[Ibn Katheer, ‘al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah’ (11/96); adh-Dhahabee, ‘Siyar’ (13/430-439); Ibn Hajr, ‘Lisaan al-Meezaan’ (7/298)]

The book he wrote on Aqeedah was ‘as-Sunnah’ and it was published with the tahqeeq of Muhammad Naasir ad-Deen al-Albaanee. May Allaah have mercy upon him.

The Aqeedah of Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d.241H)

April 9, 2012

An audio lecture:



Benefits from his life taken from the work of Shaikh Saalih Aalush Shaikh (a twelve part series):




another audio lecture here:


This lecture covers a large portion of the life of Imaam Ahmad, especially as it relates to his trial that he undertook concerning the fitnah of the creation of the Qur‘aan.


Explanation of the first point in Imam Ahmad’s Usoolus Sunnah by Shaikh Ahmad an Najmee:


Abu Haatim ar Raazee

April 8, 2012

Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Abu Hatim ar-Raazee -Rahimullaah Abu Hatim, Muhammad bin Idrees bin al-Mundhir al-Qhatfaanee ar-Raazee, who died in 277 A.H. 3 He first started to memorize narrations when he was 14 years old, he was so knowledgeable that by just looking at the hadeeth he could give a judgement on it, whether it was authentic or not.

Abu Hatim and Abu Zura’h were good friends. Imaam adh-Dahabee said: If Abu Hatim says someone is thiqa’ (trustworthy), then hold onto his saying, because he does not make anyone thiqa’ (trustworthy) except a narrator who has authentic hadeeth.


The Aqidah of the Two Raazee Imams

Yahya bin Ma’een

April 8, 2012

Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya


Yahya bin Ma’een -Rahimullaah Abu Zakariya, Yahya bin Ma’een bin ‘Awn al-Ghatfaanee. It is said that Yahya’s father left Yahya a million dirham in inhaeritance, and Yahya spent all of it in the field of Hadeeth until he did not have shoes to wear.

He was the elder of his peers, from the likes of ‘Alee bin Madeenee, Ahmad bin Hanbal, Ishaaq bin Rah’wayaa & Abu Bakr bin Abee Shayba -Rahimhumullaah. A man came to Imaam Ahmad & said : O Aba Abdillaah, look at these ahaadeeth indeed there is a mistake in them. So Imaam Ahmad said: Go to Abu Zakariya , for indeed he knows the mistake.

Imaam Ahmad said about Yahya bin Ma’een: Here is a man that Allaah created for this matter, he exposes the lies of the liars. He died in the year 233 A.H.


Imam ash Shafi’ee

April 7, 2012

Also see  Article ID SRH040004


Taken from:

Brief Biographies of some of the People of Knowledge Taken from Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa & Thahdheeb at Thahdheeb And other works Compiled & Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya

Imaam Shaafiee -Rahimullaah Imaam Shaafiee was born in 150 A.H. and grew up in Makkah. He was a beautiful man. Ibn Abdul Barr -Rahimullaah- mentions that he had memorised the Qur’aan by the age 7 and memorised al-Muwatta by 10 years of age, and was giving legal verdicts from 15 years of age. His ancestry goes back to the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- (his grandfather al-Muttalib was the brother of the grandfather of the Prophet.) At the age of 20 he began studying with Imaam Maalik in Madina until Imaam Maalik -Rahimullaah-passed away.

Imaam Ahmad -Rahimullaah- was also his student. He died in 204 A.H. in old Cairo, due to injuries from being stabbed

Biography for Imam an-Nasaa’ee

April 6, 2012

Not to be confused with Imam an Nisaa’ee

Taken from:

Imaam An-Nasaa’ee [d.234H]

His Name, Lineage and Birth He was Abu Khaythama Zuhayr bin Harb bin Shadaad An-Nasaa’ee [With a fat-ha on the Noon (An “a” after the “n”). This is an ascription to a city that was near Khuraasaan, called Nasaa. People from there ascribe themselves to it with “Naswee” also]. He was a great Haafidh, reliable in narration and firm in memory. He was born in the year 160H.

His Teachers He narrated Hadeeth from many scholars, the likes of Sufyaan bin ‘Uyaynah, Hushaym bin Basheer, Yahyaa bin Sa’eed Al Qattaan, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Mahdee, Wakee’ and many others.

His Students Similarly, many scholars narrated from him, such as Al Bukhaaree and Muslim, the latter of who reported so many Hadeeth on his authority that they number past a thousand. [This includes his son, Abu Bakr, Ahmad bin Abee Khaythama, may Allaah have mercy on him. He was from Baghdad. He authored the book At-Taareekh Al Kabeer.
Ad-Daraqutnee said about him: “He was reliable and trustworthy.” Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee said: “He was a reliable scholar, a precise Haafidh, knowledgeable of the history of people and the narrations of poetry. He studied Hadeeth under Ahmad bin Hanbal and Ibn Ma’een. He died in the month of Jumaada Al Oolaa, 289H at the age of 94 years.]

Scholar’s Praise for Him The scholars agree unanimously upon his reliability and trustworthiness (in the field of Hadeeth).
Ibn Hibbaan (rahimahullaah) said of him: “He was precise and accurate in memory – from the peers of Ahmad and Yahyaa bin Ma’een.”
Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee (rahimahullaah) said in his Taareekh Baghdaad (8/482): “He was reliable, trustworthy, possessed good memory and was precise.”

His Death He died in the year 234H, may Allaah have mercy on him.

From Imaam Al Albaanee’s verification/checking of Abu Khaythamah’s treatise Kitaab-ul-‘Ilm (pg. 3). [This complete book has been translated into English] Produced by

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