Title: Fawaa’id fee Uloom Al-Hadith wa kutubihi wa ahlihi
Author: Muhammad AbdurRahman Al-Mubaarakpuri rahimahullaah (d.1353H / d.1934)
Benefit: The Shaykh rahimahullaah did an explanation of Sunan At-Tirmidhi called “Tuhfatul-Ahwathi”. It’s the best and most famous explanation of Tirmidhi’s Sunan. The shaykh started the introduction of the book and then moved onto explaining the book of Tirmidhi itself, without having completed the introduction. Qadar Allaah after finishing the explanation, and the introduction still not finished, the shaykh passed away. The introduction was then later completed (only a few chapters of it which were left unfinished) by the Shaykh’s closest students. So, the explanation of Tirmidhi can be found the world over but without an introduction. This book here (above) is the introduction to “Tuhfatul-Ahwathi Sharh Sunan At-Tirmidhi”.
Additional benefit: The Shaykh rahimahullaah was from the biggest scholars of Hadith of the 19th/20th century, originally from India. He was from the students of the students of Imam WaliUllaah Shah Ad-Dehlawi. One of his teachers was Sayyid Natheer Hussain, also known as Shaykh Kulli Fee Kulli (the shaykh of everyone in everything) due to his vast knowledge and majority of the scholars of that time having studied with him, scholars from Arabia (Saudia), Yemen and Hind (Pakistan and India) all coming to study with him.
From Shaykh Mubaarakpuri’s students was Al-Allaamah Shaykh Dr. Taqi’uddin Al-Hilaali rahimahullaah, one of the translators of The Noble Quran in the English language. Shaykh Mubaarakpuri was sent a royal invitation by King Abdul Aziz rahimahullaah of Saudia Arabia to come and teach in masjid Al-Haram in Makkah, the shaykh declined and stayed in India due to things he needed to take care of.
Mubaarakpur is known to have produced many mountains of knowledge, from them are Abdus-Salaam Al-Mubarakpuri, the author of the biography of Imam Bukhari. As well as Shaykh SafiurRahman Al-Mubaarakpuri, the author of Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (Biography of the prophet alayhi salam). And many more greats of Hadith in particular and other Islamic sciences in general.
May Allaah have mercy upon the shaykh and reward him for his service to Islam and the Muslims. Ameeen.
Title: Ath-Thimaar Ad-Daaniya Sharh ‘I’tiqaad Al-Firqati-An-Naajiyah
Author: Allaamah Al-Muhaddith Ash-Shaykh Abdul Haqq Al-Haashimi (d.1392H /d.1971)
Benefit: The original text was written by Allaamah Al-Muhaddith Ash-Shaykh Abdul Haqq Bin Abdul Waahid Al-Haashimi rahimahullaah. In it he explains his aqeedah, the aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. He discusses issues such as how to have faith in Allaah, His names and attributes, His angels, His messengers, the believers seeing their Lord in the hereafter and many more issue.
The Shaykh rahimahullaah was from India, from a village called Kawtlah Ash-Shuyookh. He was the first one to fight shirk and innovation in this village. He reached such a level of precision in the knowledge of Hadith that the King of Saudi Arabia at the time, King Abdul Aziz rahimahullaah, invited him to live and teach in Makkah, Masjid Al-Haram (he lived there till he passed away). The shaykh rahimahullaah has many works on the books of Hadith, such as; an explanation of Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Al-Muslim, Sharh of Musnad Imam Ahmed, the Muwatta of Imam Maalik, Tafseer of the Quraan and refutations of people of innovation as well as many works on the rijaal (narrators) of the books of Hadith.
The shaykh also has many checking and investigations in the field of Hadith. His books are very rare (most haven’t been printed yet, may Allaah facilitate their printing Ameen). He has a tahqeeq of Sunan Ad-Daarimee which is world famous and is used as the reference point by others. It is a very rare book.
Shaykh Abdul Haqq Al-Haashimi rahimahullaah was well known to the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah in his time and many praised him. Shaykh Abdul Aziz Bin Baaz rahimahullaah described him as; “An aider of the Sunnah and a crusher of innovation”.
May Allaah have mercy upon him and reward him for his services to Islam and the Muslims. Ameeen.
Title: Trial of Imaam Ahmed Bin Muhammad Bin Hanbal rahimahullaah (d.241H)
Author: Hafidh Taqi-ud-Deen Abdul Ghani Al-Maqdisee rahimahullaah (d.600H)
Benefit: This book is about the trials faced by Imaam Ahmed at the hands of the Abbasid rulers of his time. It documents the whole trial using narrations, how the trial began, what happened and how it ended.
The trial at that time came due to the Mu’tazilah who convinced the ruler to say that the Quran is created and not the speech of Allaah the Most High, and to persecute anyone who denied that, as a result, many of the scholars of that time were forced (by sword) to sign a paper saying the Quran is created. Imaam Ahmed rahimahullaah was one of the rare ones who refused and as a result was imprisoned and beaten regularly due to him sticking to the aqeedah of ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah that the Quran is the Speech of Allaah and not created. The trial lasted 16 years. Due to the imaams being firm and patient in the face of this great trial, he is referred to as the Imaam of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah. May Allaah grant him the companionship of the prophets in His paradise, raise his mention and reward him for his service to Islam and the Muslims. Ameeen.
The checking of the book is done by Allaamah Shaykh Dr. Abdullaah At-Turki hafidhahullaah, the previous head of Imaam Muhammad Islamic University in Riyadh.
Additional benefit: Even though the leaders at the time of Imaam Ahmed were torturing him and forcing people to agree to a statement of disbelief, not a single one of the scholars (including Imaam Ahmed) order the people to demonstrate or revolt against the leaders. Rather Imaam Ahmed, every time he was summoned in front of the leader in shackles and bleeding due to the severe beating, referred to the leader as Ameer Al-Mu’mineen.
Imaam Wahb Bin Munabbih rahimahullaah said:
"Tooba (glad tidings/a tree in paradise) is for the one who sat with the people of knowledge and wisdom, and the Sunnah sufficed him and he did not transgress into innovation."
-Az-Zuhd by Imaam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, page 301
Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal rahimahullaah was asked about ghinaa’ (singing/music). So, he said:
"Music causes hypocrisy to sprout/grow in the heart"
- Al-Mughni of Ibn Qudaamah (12/42)
Author: Imaam Muwaffaq Ad-Deen Abi Muhammad Abdullaah Bin Muhammad Bin Qudaamah (d.620H)
Benefit: This is a book from the books of the Hanbali fiqh. It’s the next step (from the authors works) after Al-Umdah. This particular one is a copy of the manuscript which was written by Shaykh Allaamah Sulaimaan Bin Abdullaah Bin Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahhaab rahimahumullaah.That second picture (on the right) is the Shaykh’s handwriting.
The book fair in Riyadh is held at the Exhibition Centre on King Abdullaah road. The junction of King Abdullaah road with Uthmaan Ibn Affaan street (radhi Allaahu anhu).