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Hashiya by Imam al-Bayjuri [d.1277h],
Aqa'id al-Nasafiyya by Imam Abu Hafs Umar al-Nasafi [d.537h],
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Hashiyat al-Bayjuri ala Sharh al-Aqa'id al-Nasafiyyah, is a commentary on 'al-Aqa'id al-Nasafiyyah' of Abu Hafs Umar Najm al-Din al-Maturidi al-Nasafi (d. 537/1142.), with the explanatory notes of the Egyptian scholar Shaykh Ibrahim bin Muhammad al-Bajuri (d.1277/1860).
Shaykh al Islam Imam al-Bajuri (Bayjuri) :
He is Imam Burhan 'ud-Din Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Bayjuri, may Allah have mercy upon him, and was the Imam and Shaykh of Al-Azhar, Egypt (d.1198-1277 H). His education began with the study of the Qur'an and its recitation [tajwid] under his father's tutelage in his hometown of Bajur a village in the province of Manufiyya in Lower Egypt.
Imam al-Bajuri studied with some of the most prominent scholars of his time, these included :
*** Muhammad al-Amir al-Kabir al-Maliki, (d.1817),
*** 'Abdullah al-Sharqawi al-Shafi'i, Shaykh al-Azhar 1793-1812 (d.1812),
*** Dawud al-Qalawi (d. uncertain),
*** Muhammad al-Fadali, (d.1821),
*** Hasan al-Quwaysni Shaykh al-Azhar 1834-1838 (d.1838),
*** Abu Hurayba al-Shintinawi al-Naqshbandi [sufi shaykh] (d.1852),
Scholars of diverse disciplines and madhhab affiliations studied with Al-Bajuri, coming from within and outside of Egypt. Interestingly al-Bajuri also had students who were the grandson and great grandson of Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab [al-Najdi]. They studied for over 8 years at Al-Azhar including with the most prominent jurist-theologian sufi scholars of their time. Their studying with top Azhari [sufi] scholars indicates that the political animosity between Ash'aris and Wahhabis / Atharis may not have been as clear cut or far reaching as some modern proponents of each school might assume. Indeed Gilbert Delanoue mentions that refutations of and reaction to Wahhabi ideology did not surface in Egypt until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, indicating the continuing strength and influence of Imam al-Bajuri and his predecessors views.
Over 20 completed works are listed to have been attributed to al-Bajuri not to mention a further 6 unfinished works. Sufism [tasawwuf] is treated in al-Bajuri's theological and legal works, especially in his Tuhfat al-murid. This list of his works includes his commentary on the Burda - a poem covering the biography [sira] of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, from a decidedly sufi perspective and commentaries on Ibn Hajr al-Haytami's [d.974/ 1566-67] and Ahmed al-Dardir's [d. 1201/1786] works on the Birthday [Mawlid] of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. The latter is really a subject of jurisprudence, but is also tied to tasawwuf, as Sufis are often the most active proponets of Mawlid Celebrations.
Imam al-Bajuri was the shaykh of the shafi'is in his day and has written the best explanation of one of the most studied books in the Shafi'i school of thought, namely the Matn Abi Shuja'. He named it al-Iqna' Sharh Matn Abi Shuja'. Al-Bajuris literary output further illuminates the contours and textures of the archetypal scholar. He wrote on the core sciences, fiqh, usul al-din, and tasawwuf as well as their ancillary and supporting sciences.
His theological writings were deeply entrenched in Al-Sanusi's throught, along with other later Ash'aris like al-Taftazani (c.792/1390) and al-Razi. His Sufism is imbued with Ghazalian, Naqshbandi and a great of Shadhili thought, as mentioned by many references to Shadhili scholars, such as al-Busiri, al-Shadhili's forefather Abu Madyan [d.594/1198] and others. There was no science he didn't excel in and this can be seen through his wide range of work in various fields.
He passed away in 1858 after leaving his post as the Chief Shaykh of Al-Azhar, Cairo. The chronicles relate him as a deeply pious man devoted to seeking knowledge and seeking its benefits, as well as to educating others and benefiting them thereby. He is described as one whose tongue was always ''wet with praise'' of Allah and with the recitation of the Qur'an, which he would complete in a day and a night,or nearly so. His love for the Prophet and his Family is also noted, and it is said he would visit their tombs often.
About Imam al-Nasafi [d.537h];
He is al 'Allamah, Imam Abu Hafs, Najm al-Din, Siraj al-Din, Umar b. Ahmad b. Ismail b. Muhammad b. Ali b. Luqman al-Nasafi, al-Samarqandi, al-Hanafi, alayhi ar-Rahman. He was born in a town called Nasaf near Samarkand in Turkestan in the year 461 Hijri/1068 CE.
Imam al-Nasafi was a renowned Hanafi scholar and the author of approximately one hundred books on such diverse topics as fiqh, literature, tafsir and so on, of which he was recognised as the 'Master' of within his time. His teachers numbered in excess 550 whom he mentions in his work Ta'adud Shuyukh Umar. Some of the most well known Teachers are:
--- Abu al-Ma'in al-Nasafi (d. 508); the author of Bahr al-Kalam,
--- Khawahir Zadah (d. 483),
--- Abu al-Yusr al-Bazdawi.
Some of his well known students are;
--- His son, Ahmad b. Umar Abu al-Layth al-Majd al-Nasafi (d. 552),
--- Burhan al-Din al-Marghinani (d. 593), the author of the famed al-Hidayah.
Amongst his numerous titles are:
--- Al-Taysir fi'l Tafsir,
--- Al-Najah Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari,
--- Talabat al-Talabah fi'l Istilahat al-Fiqhiyah ala Madhab al-Hanafiyyah,
--- Al-Qand fi 'Ulama Samarqand in twenty volumes,
--- Nazm al-Jami' al-Saghir lil Shaybani,
--- Al-'Aqa'id; also referred to as al-Nasafiyyah,
Imam Umar al-Nasafi passed away in 537 Hijri / 1142 CE in Samarqand.
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