Etiquette of the Learner : New,
"Tadhkirat as-Sami wa'l-Mutakallim
fi Adab al-'Alim wa'l-Muta'allim"
*[A5] Paperback - 105 pages,
by Al-Qadi Badr al-Din ibn Jama'ah al-Kinani [d.733h],
Published by Turath.
This work entitled Etiquette of the Learner, is extracted from Qadi Ibn Jama'ah's major contribution to the literature of adab : Tadhkirat as-Sami wa'l-Mutakallim fi Adab al-'Alim wa'l-Muta'allim (A Memorandum to the Listener and the Speaker on the Etiquette of the Scholar and the Learner).
It provides a detailed guide for students of knowledge to the attitude and practice they should cultivate in order to bring their endeavour in line with the instructions and example of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Whether they are embarking upon the rigorous quest in pursuit of command of the Islamic sciences, or simply seeking to enhance their understanding of the religion, this work will impress upon readers the indispensable but oft-forgotten principle: etiquette comes before seeking knowledge, thus enabling them to truly benefit from their studies.
Ibn Jama’ah, Badr al-Din Muhammad Ibrahim (639-733H): He is al-Imam al-Faqih Qadi al Qudat, Shaykh al-Islam, Badr al Din Muhammad b. Ibrahim b. Sa’d Allah Ibn Jama’ah. may Allah have mercy upon him, was born in 639 A.H. (1241 C.E.) a celebrated scholar from Shafi’i Jurists, distinguished and served at the court of Mamluk Egypt and a descendent of the prominent Banu Jama’ah clan. His family as well as his children were great scholars. His father, Burhan al-Din Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Ibn Sa’d Allah (596-675 A.H. / 1200-1277 C.E.) was known for his fiqh and Hadith who also excelled in Sufism (tasawwuf).
He was educated at Hama, and as soon as he sponged the knowledge from its scholars he travelled on (646 A.H. 1 1248 C.E.). Badr al-Din Ibn Jama’ah travelled to cities such as Aleppo, Damascus, Alexandria, and Jerusalem in the hope gaining knowledge from its residence. After this he achieved excellence in religious studies and jurisprudence, and became a leading figure of the Shafi’i madhab in his day. He attained the high status of Shaykh al-Islam and held the high position of Chief Justice in Egypt and twice in Damascus. He was also the Khatib, the lecturer of both Masjid al-Aqsa as well as the Ummayyad Masajid.
He commanded respect and influence, and had a large number of students and followers. He taught at many universities and public gatherings. Some of his famous students included Imam Sham al-Din al-Dhahabi, Taj al-Din al-Subki and many others. al-Dhahabi has observed that Qadi Ibn Jama’ah was well versed both in prose and poetry, and had left copious notes on Fiqh, Hadith, Usul al Fiqh, and Tarikh.
Some of his well known works are;
— Tadhkirat al-Sami’ wa’l Mutakallim fi adab al-‘Alim wa’l Muta’allim;
The most used work in terms of teaching and manual guide for both students and teachers on the path of knowledge,
— al-Manhal al-Rawi fi Mukhtasar ‘ulum al-Hadith al-Nabawi;
— al-Fawa’id al-La’ihat min Surat al-Fatihah;
— al-Tibyan li muhimat al-Qur’an;
— al-Masalik fi ‘ulum al-Manasik;
— al-Najm al-Lami’ fi Sharh Jam’ al-Jawami’;
He was described as a person with a ‘strong personality, low voice and great dignity.’ He was a man who had an exceptional intellect and a beautiful attitude. He died at Cairo in the year 733 A.H. (1332 C.E.), aged 94, and was buried by the side of the great Imam Shafi’i.
*Dimensions : 21.5 x 14cm.