This work has been translated in to English by Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley and is considered a renowned classical Islamic text. This is reflected in the number of commentaries on this book by various scholars including Imam Jalal al-din Suyuti d. It is about his life but not in the style of a traditional biography. It details elements of his being under specific headings so that you can establish the correct belief about him with regard to his status. The book is arranged systematically in to four parts containing thirteen chapters in total which are topically arranged in to a total of one hundred and fifty-eight sections. The chapter titles will give you a better idea of the content of the book: Chapter 1.
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He is one of the 7 saints of Marrakech and his tomb is visited frequently by many. His Life According to his son, Muhammad, his ancestors originated in Andalusia and then moved to the city of Fes, staying in the Qarawiyyin at some point.
Qadi Iyad was the Imam of his time in hadith and its sciences. He was a scholar of tafsir and its sciences, a faqih in usul, a scholar in grammar, language and Arabic speech, as well as in the battles and lineages of the Arabs. He had insight into judgements and had the legal competence to write contracts. He preserved and knew the Maliki madhhab. He was an excellent poet, familiar with literature and an eloquent orator. He was steadfast, forbearing and a good companion.
He was generous and gave a lot of sadaqa. He was constant in action and tenacious in the truth. He travelled to Andalusia in in search of knowledge. He was very keen to meet the shaykhs and learn from them. He wrote to him to ask for an ijaza.
Abu Bakr at Tartushi gave him an ijaza. The author of as Sila al-Bashkuwaliyya, who may have had it from Abu Zayd, said that he had a hundred shaykhs, some of whom he merely listened to and some of whom gave him an ijaza. It would take too long to list them all.
The author the Sila said that he compiled many hadith and had great interest in the science of hadith and was intent on gathering and learning them. He was one of the people of proficiency in knowledge and understanding. When he returned from Andalusia, the people of Ceuta held him in great esteem for his discourses on the Mudawwana when he was about thirty years old. Then he was asked to give legal advice and then appointed qadi of his city.
He remained in this post for a long time and his conduct as qadi was universally praised. Then he was transferred to the qadiship of Granada in , but did not remain there very long and became qadi of Ceuta once again.
The author of the Sila says that he went to Granada and the people there learned some of what he knew. Death When the Muwahhids were victorious, he travelled to Sila to meet their Amir and stayed until the affairs of the Muwahhids became unsettled in It is said that he was poisoned by a Jew.
He was buried at the Gate of Ilan inside the city. No one disputes the fact that it is totally unique nor denies him the honour of being the first to compose such a book. Everyone relies on it and writes about it usefulness and encourages others to read and study it. Copies of it have spread east and west. He determines the proper vowelization of phrases, elucidates doubtful passages and misspellings and verifies the names of the transmitters. If this book had been written in gold or weighed against jewels, it would not cover its worth.
He wrote the Kitab at-Tanbihat al-Mustanbita Discovered Admonitions on the Mudawwana in which he put all the unusual phrases as they should be properly vowelled and he formulated its questions.
Some of his books remained unfinished. He only delivered speeches which he himself had written. He also wrote a lot of poetry.
Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad Muhammad Messenger of Allah
Description Reviews 0 Kitab Ash-shifa bi tarif huqub al-Mustafa, Healing by the recognition of the Rights of the Chosen One , of Qadi Iyad is perhaps the most frequently used and most commented upon handbook in which the Prophets life, his qualities and miracles are described in every detail. This book is highly admired throughout the Muslim world and is quick to acquaint the reader with the true stature of the Prophet saw. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote.
Muhammad Messenger of Allah (Ash-shifa) by Qadi Iyad