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abu.abdul.azeez
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The Shaykh - may Allaah preserve him - mentions some of the books of tafseer and hadeeth suitable for different levels of knowledge (i.e. the beginner, student of knowledge, and scholar).

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Here is a brief summary of the first part of the recording:

Books of Tafseer
For the beginner: (1) ?Tafseer al-Jalaalayn? by Jalaal ud-Deen as-Suyootee (d. 911) and Jalaal ud-Deen al-Mahalee (d. 864) [Jalaal ud-Deen + Jalaal ud-Deen = Jalaalayn] and (2) Tafseer al-Baydaawee (d. 658). Shaykh al-Fawzaan mentioned that, despite the shortcomings of both of these books, they explain and clarify many of the phrases and meanings of the Qur?aan.

For the student of knowledge: (3) Tafseer Ibn Katheer (d. 774) and (4) Tafseer al-Baghawee (d. 516), which the Shaykh called a ?good, salafee tafseer.?

For everyone (beginner, student, scholar): Tafseer Ibn Sa?dee (d. 1376). The Shaykh mentioned how it is a great book because it is an easy-to-read, complete tafseer which covers all of the various sciences.

For the scholars: (5) Tafseer at-Tabaree (d. 310), which the Shaykh called ?The Mother of the Tafaaseer,? (6) Tafseer al-Qurtubee (d. 671), and (7) Adwaa? ul-Bayaan of Muhammad al-Ameen ash-Shanqeetee (d. 1393).

Finally, he mentions (8) Fath ul-Qadeer of Shawkaanee (d. 1250), stating that it is good for both students of knowledge and beginners as well.

Important Point: Almost all of these books have been printed numerous times by various publishers, so those interesting in buying any of them should do some thorough research on the publishers, editors, print quality, correctness of the text, etc, before buying. I say this from personal experience, as I have negligently bought some pretty bad prints of some of the aforementioned books. So beware, especially if you live in the west and buy your books from online vendors.

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Here is the remainder of the summary:

Books of Hadeeth:
For the beginner: (1) al-Arba?een an-Nawawiyyah along with the explanation of Ibn Rajab (d. 795), entitled Jaami? ul-?Uloom wal-Hikam, as well as (2) Riyaadh us-Saaliheen, both by an-Nawawee (d. 676). The Shaykh also mentioned (3) ?Umdat ul-Akhaam by ?Abdil-Ghanee al-Maqdisee (d. 600) and made note of the fact that all of its ahaadeeth are in either one or both of the saheehayn.

For the student of knowledge: (4) Buloogh ul-Maraam by al-?Asqalaanee (d. 852) along with its explanation Subul us-Salaam by as-San?aanee (d. 1189) and (5) al-Muntaqa min Akhbaar il-Mustafa by Majd ul-Deen Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 652) along with its explanation by ash-Shawkaanee (d. 1250), titled Nayl ul-Awtaar.

For the scholar: The Shaykh mentioned that the most superior and complete ?bahth ul-ghazeer? is (6) Fath ul-Baaree Sharh Saheeh il-Bukhaaree by al-?Asqalaanee.

Finally, the Shaykh mentioned how ?al-Usool as-Sittah? along with Musnad ul-Imaam Ahmad should be referred back to by the student of knowledge and the scholar.

Additional points: Again, the same point mentioned earlier applies here. Also, there seems to be a new trend in publishing: squeezing generally voluminous works into gigantic, single-volume books. I have seen Subul as-Salaam, Fath al-Qadeer, Tafseer al-Baghawee, Tafseer Ibn Katheer, al-Kaafee, and even Sharh Saheeh Muslim of an-Nawawee (!) published in this way without any abridgement. The end result are 2+ inch-thick books with rather small text, little or no footnotes, small margins (can?t write notes), and very thin paper (that delicate golden-brown paper). On the other hand, they are far cheaper than their regular counterparts and are usually have better text quality (as well as the sometimes useful yet often gimmicky dual-colored text).

Also, regarding al-Usool as-Sittah, there are new single-volume prints of the four books (Abu Daawood, an-Nisaa?ee, at-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah) by al-Maktab al-Islaamee with the hukm of Shaykh Naasir next to each hadeeth, light commentary in the footnotes, and useful red-coloring of the hadeeth text. Also, the asaaneed have been retained and there does not appear to be any form of abridgement. For those not well-versed in ?uloom il-hadeeth, these books have an advantage over the 4-volume Saheeh/Da?eef books of Shaykh Naasir in that they retain the original form of the Sunan (i.e. the saheeh/da?eef ahaadeeth are not split into separate sections) and are of course compact and convenient. I?m pretty sure that they have indexes as well, although I cannot totally verify this.

Finally, the Eminent Shaykh ?Abdul-?Azeez Bin Baaz has footnotes on Fath ul-Baaree which have been published along with the original work in 15 or so volumes. A couple of different publishers have printed this work.

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Jazaak Allaahu khayran for this wonderful thread akhee abaa 'abdil-'azeez!

I would like to add something that I hope is found to be beneficial, regarding your statement:

"there are new single-volume prints of the four books (Abu Daawood, an-Nisaa?ee, at-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah) by al-Maktab al-Islaamee with the hukm of Shaykh Naasir next to each hadeeth, light commentary in the footnotes, and useful red-coloring of the hadeeth text. Also, the asaaneed have been retained and there does not appear to be any form of abridgement. For those not well-versed in ?uloom il-hadeeth, these books have an advantage over the 4-volume Saheeh/Da?eef books of Shaykh Naasir in that they retain the original form of the Sunan (i.e. the saheeh/da?eef ahaadeeth are not split into separate sections) and are of course compact and convenient. I?m pretty sure that they have indexes as well, although I cannot totally verify this."


na'am yaa akhee this new printing is a MUST.  Some important notes about the difference between the old 4 volume version and the new 1 volume printing (both from ma'aarif):

1) Al-Albaanee's manhaj in classifying the hadeeth was, if he did not say anything specifically, then his ruling on the hadeeth was for that specific chain only, not considering other chains.  So every hadeeth in the four Sunnahs was independantly judged, except for two kinds of hadeeth:

a) ahaadeeth that he specifically discussed and clarified that he was judging them by their other routes;

b) sunan abee daawood #2957-#5274 (approximately the second half of the sunan)

This is explained in his introduction to his work on the Sunan of Abee Daawood.

Here's the important point:  Zuhayr Ash-Shawaayish, the original publisher of the books from Al-Maktab Al-Islaamee, went through Al-Albaanee's work and added references to other chains of the hadeeth and actually placed them inside the text of the book without noting that he had added them.  So then to the average reader, it seemed like they were Al-Albaanee's notes.

The problem with this was that when the Shaykh Al-Albaanee called a hadeeth dha'eef, basing it solely on that chain, it seemed due to Zuhayr's additions that the shaykh had taken into account other chains that would have clearly made the hadeeth hasan.  So the enemies of the da'wah used this as a point to use against the shaykh, saying "How could he say its dha'eef when he himself provides a reference to a supporting chain that clearly makes it hasam?!"  The source of this problem was the additions of Zuhayr.

Why are you mentioning all this Moosaa?!  

I'm mentioning this to show the significance of the work that Mash-hoor Hasan Salmaan did in this new one-volume printing.  He went through the sunan and removed Zuhayr's additions, and we are thankful to him for this work.  This means that we may now clearly know what the shaykh's ruling was and whether he was taking into considerations other chains for the hadeeth or not, without the interference of others' notes added in.   So this is one GREAT advantage of the new one-volume printing.  [This was explained by Shaykh Muhammad 'Umar Baazmool]

So let me start the benefits again from #1:

1) Mash-hoor Hasan removed Zuhayr's additional references.

2) The chains have been replaced, as they were removed from the original.  This is a clear advantage.

3) The size and price.  The old four volumes actually had a lot of wasted page space and they costed about SR100 each set.  The new one volume sets are about SR40 each and the printing is not very small. It is clear, not tiny, and without much wasted page space.

4) The old four volume Aboo Daawood did not have any fahras for the ahaadeeth.  The new one, and all the other sunan have complete fahaaris.

5) The saheeh and dha'eef are together in one volume, as you mentioned.  To me this is an advantage as many times a researcher would have to look in the saheeh and then the dha'eef spending twice as much time to locate a hadeeth.  The only advantage I could think of in having them in seperate volumes is for the one who wants to memorize the ahaadeeth, either all of the saheeh only, or all of the dha'eef only.  Or perhaps someone could frequently read the dha'eef volumes of the sunan to stay aware of the dha'eef of the six books.

I asked Shaykh Muhammad Baazmool if I should sell the old four volume sets due to the excellence of the new printings.  He told me to wait, as perhaps some virtues of the old printing may become known.

And Allaah knows best.

Moosaa Richardson

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it is better to keep them as they have been around for over a decade and they have been collected by the scholars and the students of knowledge. so they have been quoted in their books and tahqeeqs; mainly by volume and page number, therefore allowing you to research the scholar's references and quotes from shaikh al-albaanee in a easier and quicker way.    

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Jazaak Allahu Khayran Moosaa for the beneficial comments and corrections.

I have had the 4-volume prints for quite some time already and had the same gripes with them for the reasons you mentioned. Also, you mentioned the wasted page space ? the layout of the books in general is not that good, indentation is overused and the formatting is not reader-friendly. Furthermore, the lack of indexes in Abee Daawood in addition to the sometimes erroneous cross-referencing (this has happened to me on more than one occasion both between the four books and each other and between the four books and the two silsilaat) makes them inconvenient to use for research, as you alluded. Finally, the lack of asaaneed and the splitting into sections pushed me towards the decision to purchase additional ?pure? prints of the four books to accompany these prints.

By the ni?mah of Allaah, before having done so, these new prints were released, and I am sure that they will more than fill that void, in shaa? Allaah. They are indeed ?pure? prints of the four books in every sense of the word ? they retain the format of the originals and include many other benefits, such as the complete tahqeeq of Shaykh Naasir, indexes, and nice, reader-friendly printing all in a single volume.

But in the end, like brother amr basheer mentioned, the 4-volume books still serve as maraaji? for takhreej. The situation is similar to the new print of Manar ul-Sabeel mentioned in another thread ? while it contains the hukm of Shaykh Naasir on the ahaadeeth and is more appropriate for readers desiring a ?pure? print of Manar ul-Sabeel (like myself), it still does not completely replace the benefits of the original 9-volume Irwaa? ul-Ghaleel, which has been around and referred to often by other scholars. In fact, in both the copies of al-?Uddah and ar-Rawd ul-Murbi? that I have, the muhaqiqeen extensively refer back to the original Irwaa? ul-Ghaleel. Thus, it is still a beneficial marji? for takhreej.

And Allaah knows best.

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Here are the details of what I think to be unequivocally the best available print of Fath ul-Qadeer by Shawkaanee:

فتح القدير الجامع بين فني الرواية والدراية من علم التفسير
Published by Daar il-Kitaab il-?Arabee / 1420 / 1st Print / 6 volumes / 3554 pages
Tahqeeq: ?Abdur-Razzaaq al-Mahdee

This print is exceptional and highly-recommended for a number of reasons: (a) There is full tahqeeq and takhreej of the vast majority of the ahaadeeth (al-marfoo?ah) and all of the ayaat. (b) The ahaadeeth and corresponding footnotes are numbered for easy reference. (c) There is a very beneficial prologue in which the methodology of Shawkaanee in tafseer from various angles is discussed. (d) The 6th volume consists of several very well-done indexes. There are indexes for the Sawar by both order of appearance in the Qur?aan and by name, a full index for ahaadeeth, an index for poetry by last letter, and an excellent index for the more difficult Qur?aanic words and expressions.

I bought a copy for $25 and have seen it online for about $40. The same publisher also has a 2-volume print of the book, but it is not nearly as complete or as good as this one. And Allaah knows best.

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