Lataif al-Maarif : Arabic, New,*[A4] Hardback - 477 pages,by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali [d.795h],Tahqiq by Abdullah ibn Amir,Published by Dar al-Hadith, Cairo.Description :Lata'if al-Ma'arif fima li Mawasim al'Am min al-Waza'if - A detailed treatise on the merits, virtues and practices for the months of the Islamic year. The book is filled with copious references from the Qur'an, hadith, and statements of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, the jurists, etc. About the Author : Best known as Ibn Rajab, his full name
and titles are: al-Imam al-Hafiz Abu al-Faraj Zayn al-Din `Abd
al-Rahman ibn Ahmad ibn Abd al-Rahman (known as Rajab) ibn al-Hasan ibn
Muhammad ibn Abi al-Barakat Mas`ud al-Baghdadi al-Dimashqi al-Hanbali
(736-795 AH). Rajab was the nickname of his grandfather Abd al-Rahman,
perhaps because he was born in that month. Among his eminent teachers were: ---Abu al-Fath Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al-Maydumi, ---Muhammad ibn Isma`il al-Khabbaz, ---Ibrahim ibn Dawud al-`Attar, ---Abu al-Haram al-Qalanisi, and,---Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah.
He was a colleague of the famous hadith expert
al-Hafiz Abu al-Fadl al-`Iraqi. He devoted himself to the subject until
he became an expert in all the sciences related to hadith. He then taught hadith, and fiqh according to Hanbali
school, in the Jami` Bani Umayyah and other seats of learning in
Damascus. Among his famous students include scholars like Abul-Fadl
Ahmad ibn Nasr ibn Ahmad, the mufti of Egypt (d. 844 AH), Abu al-`Abbaas
Ahmad ibn Abi Bakr ibn `Ali al-Hanbali (d. 844 AH), Dawud ibn Sulayman
al-Mawsili [d. 844 AH].
He was a leading scholar of the Hanbali school. His work al-Qawa`id al-kubra fi al-furu` is clear evidence of his expertise in fiqh, demonstrating an extreme, even exhaustive knowledge of the intricacies of detailed fiqh issues.
He was known for piety, righteousness. People of all schools were
unanimous as to his quality, and the hearts of the people were full of
love for him. He wrote: a detailed 20-volume scholarly commentary on the
Sunan of al-Trimidhi; a commentary on part of Sahih of al-Bukhari; Dhayl (Supplement) to Tabaqat al-hanabilah; al-Lata`if fi waza`if al-ayyam, Bayan fadl Ilm al-salaf 'ala al-khalaf.
Among his best known and most referred works is Jami` al-ulum wa al-hikam, the commentary on al-Arba`un (the forty hadiths) of al-Nawawi. He added ten hadiths to the original 40 and commented in detail on all of these fifty hadiths. This commentary discusses all aspects of the hadiths, the chain of narrations, the narrators, and the text.
Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani said of him: "He was a great expert in the sciences of hadith - the historical accounts of narrators, the chains of narration, and meaning of the text."
(Based on: Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani, al-Durar al-kaminah, ii. 428, Inba al-ghumr, i. 460; Ibn al-`Imad, Shadharat al-dhahab, vi. 239; `Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani, Fihris al-faharis, ii. 636-7).More Arabic books,