Kitab al-Rihlah fi Talab al-Hadith : Arabic, New,
*[A4] Hardback - 279 pages,
by Imam Ahmad Khatib al-Baghdadi [d.463h],
Published by Dar al-Kutub, Peshawar.
Kitab al-Rihlah fi Talab al-Hadith - 'Travelling in the Pursuit of Knowledge,' is the classical text written by the Imam of his time, Khatib al-Baghdadi, rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alayhi.
This treatise is essentially a gathering of powerful and insightful narrations (of the Companions, pious predecessors, and the Prophet Musa) that emphasise the importance of travelling and exerting efforts towards seeking knowledge. It also serves as a historical record, highlighting the efforts of the early generations of scholars without whom the knowledge would not have been collected.
These narrations also serve as a reminder of the high aspirations and humility required by Muslims in the pursuit of knowledge, a wake-up call to tread the path of our pious predecessors.
About the Author :
He is al-Khatib al-Baghdadi is “Abu Bakr” Ahmed ibn Abdul-Majid ibn Ali ibn Thabit, commonly known as al-Khatib (or al-Khatib al-Baghdadi. “Al-Khatib” means lecturer, public speaker or orator. He was born in Hanikiyya, one of the villages of southwest Baghdad, but some sources place it in Ghuzayya village of Hijaz, midway between Kufa and Makkah, on Sunday (some sources say Thursday), Jumada II 24, 392 h.
Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi was the son of a Hanbali preacher of Darzidjan. He began studying at an early age with his father and other mentors. He studied other sciences, but his primary interest was hadith, which he studied in Baghdad, Basra, Damascus, Isfahan and Nishapur. While he was an authority on hadith, it was his preaching that gave him fame. One biographer, namely al-Dhahabi, says that teachers and preachers of tradition usually submitted what they had collected to al-Baghdadi before using them in their lectures or sermons.
Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi is famous mostly for his work titled Tarikh-al-Baghdad, a history of Baghdad, which contains 7,831 biographies of narrators of hadith, senior scholars, dignitaries and men of society and state.
Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani declared his works influential in the field of the science of hadith saying, "Seldom did he miss any science of hadith without writing a whole book about it." He then quoted Abu Bakr ibn Nuqtah, a Hanbali scholar, as saying, “Every objective person knows that the scholars of hadith who came after al-Khatib are indebted to his works.”
He was buried next to Bishr al-Hafi (the barefoot), the Sufi Gnostic who lived from 150 – 236 h.
*Dimensions : 24.8 x 17.3cm.