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19th May 2010
By al-Hafidh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (رحمه الله)
Bulugh al-Maram is the shortened name of the collection of hadith by al-Hafidh ibn Hajar al-Asqalani entitled, Bulooghul Maram min Adillatil Ahkaam (translation: Attainment of the Objective According to Evidences of the Ordinances).
The ahadeeth are generally from Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Jami at-Tirmidhi, Sunan al-Nasa'i, Sunan ibn Majah, Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal and other books of Hadeeth.
Bulugh al-Maram holds a unique distinction in that all the hadith compiled in the book have been the sources for fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) rulings.
Among the topic that this book covers are subjects ranging from marriage, business transactions to other more implicit aspect of the religion such as the five pillars.
One more distinctive feature, along with others, is that the versions have also been shortened to present just the main purpose of the Hadith according to its classification under the chapter. Because of these preferential qualities, Bulugh Al-Maram has been accepted widely and is among the most sought-after books of Ahadith.
About Imam Ibn Hajr Asqalani (773H-852H) (رحمه الله)
Abul Fadl Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn Ali al-Kannani al-Asqalani (رحمه الله), better known by the name of Imam Ibn Hajar (رحمه الله), was born in Cairo in 773/1372.
He began his studies at the age of five and completed the memorisation of the Quran by the age of nine. A Shafi'i scholar and hadith master, he studied under renowned scholars in Cairo, Yemen and the Hijaz. Known as Shaykh al-Islam, scholars travelled from far away lands to take in knowledge from him.
He authored many works on hadith, history, biography, Quranic exegesis, poetry and Shafi'i jurisprudence; among the most famous of them is his fourteen-volume commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari called Fath al-Bari. He passed away in Cairo in 852/1449
Some of his works include:
1. Fath ul Baari fi Sharh Sahih Bukhari:
A commentary on the superb collection of Hadith by Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail Al-Bukhari (رحمه الله). The most famous and well-informative commentary on Sahih Bukhari.
2. Bulugh Maram min adillatil ahkaam:
[English: Attainment of the objective according to evidence of the ordinances]. A very popular book on Hadith as it relates to finding evidence for basic Islamic jurisprudence.
Al Haafidh Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalani (رحمه الله) was a prominent Qadi in Egypt as well as in Ash-Sham for twenty-one years. He was humble, tolerant, and patient. He was described to be hilarious, steadfast, prudent, ascetic, selfless, generous, charitable, and he spent much time in voluntary prayer and fasting. Those who came to know him praised him of his high standard of good mannerisms in dealing with rulers, Imaams, as well as those who sat with him young or old.
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