All the Sultans Men : New,
being a transl. of Imam al-Suyuti's -
Ma Rawahu al-Asatin fi Adam al-Maji' ila al-Salatin,
[A5+] Paperback - 78 pages,
by Imam Jalal al-Din Suyuti [d.911h],
Translation by Talut Dawood,
Published by Imam Ghazali Institute.
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"All the Sultan's Men" is a translation of Imam al-Suyuti's text “Ma Rawahu al-Asatin fi Adam al-Maji' ila al-Salatin”. As indicated by the title, it argues and establishes the blameworthy nature of scholars associating with rulers.
Since the age of early Muslims when the Prophetic Khilafah ended and the era of Muslim kings and empires began, scholars have wrestled with the nature of the relationship between the ulema-class and rulers. Some of our most illustrious Imams, such as Imam Abu Hanifah & Imam Malik, may Allah be pleased with them, refused official appointments from rulers. Moreover, they refused to visit them in their courts. Others such as Qadi Abu Yusuf, may Allah be pleased with him, - the student of Imam Abu Hanifah - accepted official appointments.
Such disparity in the way of dealing with the rulers was echoed throughout the time of the Tabi'in. Some scholars accepted appointments, while others criticised them and refused such an association.Nonetheless, both scholar and layman require guidance on the correct measures to take in times of confusion. One may wonder, "When is it acceptable for a scholar to accept an appointment?" Or "When is it appropriate for a scholar to avoid politics altogether?" Others may ask, "Is there a middle ground between the two opinions?" Such questions require in-depth answers. Although this text is only an introduction to the subject, it provides clear guidance on what kinds of interactions with the rulers are blameworthy for scholars, and why.
Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti [d.911H]
He is Jalal al-Din al-Misri al-Suyuti al-Shafi'i al-Ash'ari, also known as Ibn al-Asyuti (d. 849-911), the mujtahid imam and renewer of the tenth Islamic century, foremost hadith master, jurist, Sufi, philologist, and historian, he authored works in virtually every Islamic science.
Born to a Turkish mother and non-Arab father and raised as an orphan in Cairo, he memorised the Qur'an at eight, then several complete works of Sacred Law, fundamentals of jurisprudence, and Arabic grammar; after which he devoted himself to studying the Sacred Sciences under about a hundred and fifty shaykhs. Among them the foremost Shafi'i and Hanafi shaykhs at the time. He studied hadith & the sciences of Arabic; & with the specialist in the principles of the law Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli, together with whom he compiled the most widespread condensed commentary of Qur'an in our time, 'Tafsir al-Jalalayn' and numerous other masterpieces which are his legacy today.
Also see Islamic History.
Dimensions : 23 x 15.5cm (approx).