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Life and Times of the Messengers From Bidayah wan-Nihayah
Life And Times Of The Messengers
From Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah
Stories Of Moosa, Samuel, Zakariyya, Yahya, Eesa, Dhu'l Qarnayn, Luqman, The Children Of Israa'eel, Divine Scriptures And Past Nations
By Ibn Katheer
Publisher : Darussalam
About The Book
The exact number of prophets and messengers sent by ALLAH is not known, but the Qur'an makes clear that all of the prophets were sent to various nations to preach Islamic monotheism.
Muslims believe that all the Divine Messengers including those in common with Judaism and Christianity conveyed the same message of true monotheism and submission to the one God, ALLAH.
Belief in these prophets and messengers is an essential part of the Islamic faith and Muslims do not differentiate between them, according them all the same respect and reverence.
About The Author
Abu Al-Fida 'Imad Ad-Din Isma'il bin 'Umar bin Katheer Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi Al Dimishqi (700-774 AH), originally from Busra (Syria) and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi'i school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 700 AH or little later in an area called Majdal, near Busra, west of Damascus.
His father died when he was only four years old and was taken in by his brother and moved to Damascus in 706. Here, he learned from great scholars such as Ibn Asakir, Ishaq ibn Yahya al-Amudi and the great Ibn Taymiyyah who was extremely close to him. He also studied under various other sheikhs who gave him permission in fiqh and Hadith. He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
The following are amongst his most prominent works :
Tafseer of the Quran,
Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: a history of Muslims from Adam until Ibn Kathirs time,
At-Takmeel: a book on the science of Asmaaul Rijal (profiles of transmitters of Hadith),
Jami'ul Masaneed: a book that collects the Hadith from ten major books of Hadith,
The classes of Shafi'i scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam,
Extraction of the traditions of Tanbeeh (a Shafi'i book of jurisprudence),
The commentary on al-Bukhari (which he did not finish),
The book of laws (again, he did not complete it),
The summary to the science of Hadith; a synopsis to the introduction of Ibn Saahi's work,
Extraction of the traditions to the summary of Ibn Hajib,
Musnad of the two sheikhs (Abu Bakr and Umar),
Biography of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam,
The epistle of Jihad.
Al-Hafiz Ibn hajar Al-Asqalani said,Ibn Kathir lost his sight just before his life ended. He died in Damascus in 774A.H. May Allah grant him Mercy and make him amongst the residents of Jannah.