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Al Imaam, Al Khateeb al Baghdaadee Rahimahullaah said:

“It could accompany, just as your shadow accompanies you, and it is from you like it were a part of you, and the book is a union of solidarity by itself, and has no need of that which is found with other than it, it is a sitting which does not fall silent upon you…”

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Abu Bakr Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee

He was the Shaikh, the Imaam Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn ‘Alee Ibn Thaabit, better known as Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, the author of many books,1 the most famous of which is Taareekh Baghdaad. 

He was born in the year 392H. His father was the khateeb (lecturer) of Darzeejaan – from the noblemen of ‘Iraaq.2 So he encouraged this son of his (Abu Bakr Khateeb) and let him hear (hadeeth narrations from the scholars) at a young age in the year 403H (when he was only eleven). Then he desired to seek knowledge of the science of Hadeeth, so he traveled for that purpose to the different regions. And he excelled in his studies, wrote books and compiled works. And he became foremost in the general fields of the science of hadeeth.

He heard from a large amount of the trustworthy and reliable muhadditheen (scholars of hadeeth) in various lands – in Baghdad, Basra, Naisapur, Asbahaan, Dainoor, Hamdaan, Koofa, the Haramain (two holy cities of Makkah and Madeenah), Damascus, Jerusalem and others. His arrival in Shaam took place in 451H, where he lived for eleven years. Many of the great scholars of hadeeth reported ahaadeeth on his authority, such as his teacher Abu Bakr Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Al-Barqaanee, the Shaikh of Baghdaad.

Ibn Makoolaa said: “Abu Bakr Al-Khateeb was one of the last prominent figures whom we witnessed having knowledge, memorization, precision and accuracy (in wording) of the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). And who had mastery in its defects and its chains of narration, and who had knowledge of its authentic and its weak, its individual (reported by only one narrator), its rejected (munkar) and its discarded (matrooh).”

Then he (rahimahullaah) said: “And there was not found amongst the people of Baghdaad, after Ad-Daaraqutnee, anyone similar to him.” 3

He wrote on the subject of Fiqh (Islaamic Jurisprudence) and gained mastery in it, then preoccupied himself with the science of Hadeeth. He was eloquent in speech, possessing a high-pitched voice, having a nice recitation (of Qur’aan), and he had beautiful handwriting.

He gave away all his money in charity, which consisted of two hundred deenaars, to the people of knowledge and the poor folk. And he wrote in his will to give his clothes away in charity. He would donate his books to the Muslims, and not ask for anything in return.

The Imaam died in the year 463H, may Allaah have mercy on him.

Footnotes:
1. Translator’s Note: His books and written works exceed the number of 60.
2. Translator’s Note: He grew up in Darzeejaan, which is a big village by the Nile River to the southwest of Baghdad. This village is where his father was given the position of being the Khateeb (khutbah speaker) and Imaam of its central masjid for the period of twenty years.
3. Translator’s Note: Adh-Dhahabee said of him: “He wrote many books, and compiled and authored. And he authenticated hadeeth and declared hadeeth weak. He criticized (made jarh) and approved (ta’deel). He recorded historical accounts and clarified issues. And he became the one with the most hadeeth memorized amongst the people of his time, without exception.”

  • Source: Shaykh Naasir ud-Deen al Albaani’s Checking of Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee’s book Iqtidaa-ul-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal (pg. 1).

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Yusuf ibn Husayn said:
“with manners you will understand Knowledge. With Knowledge, you will correct your actions. With actions, you will attain wisdom. With wisdom you will comprehend Zuhd (renouncing the worldly life) and be  granted it. With abandonment of the worldly life, you will long for the hereafter. And with longing for the hereafter, you will achieve Allaah’s contentment”

  • Iqtidaa-ul-Ilm al-A3mal (knowledge Mandates Action) pg 27 eng version by al Khateeb al Baghdadee Rahimahullaah d.463h

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