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02-11-2009 @ 5:00 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Shereen Rasheed bin Fred Abdullah (California)
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As salaamu alaikum,

What is known about Hamaam ibn Munabbih who is said to be the brother of the tabi'ee Wahb ibn Munabbih.  According to an individual by the name of Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah (d. 2002), Hamaam ibn Munabbih collected a host of ahaadeeth in book form called "Sahifah Hamaam ibn Munabbih" and they are supposedly all ahaadeeth that Hamaam heard directly from Abu Hurayrah (radyallahu anhu).  Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah has translated these ahaadeeth and also claimed that they are a missing treasure of sorts in that they were in Turkey somewhere and not many people knew about them.

My questions are:

1.) What is known about Hamaam ibn Munabbih?
2.) Did he hear from Abu Hurayrah?
3.) Did he compile a book of ahaadeeth from Abu Hurayrah called "Sahifah"?

Rasheed Abdullah

13-11-2009 @ 5:49 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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wa 'alaykumus-salaamu wa rahmatullaah.

Q1.) What is known about Hamaam ibn Munabbih?
He was Aboo 'Uqbah Hammaam ibn Munibbih ibn Kaamil As-San'aanee, a precise and upright narrator (thiqah) from the taabi'oon, relied upon by the scholars of hadeeth, including al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.  He died in the year 132.

Q2.) Did he hear from Abu Hurayrah?
Yes, he did.  And he has dozens of narrations in Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree from Aboo Hurayrah directly, and even more in Saheeh Muslim.  He heard from a few other Companions too, like 'Aa'ishah and Anas.  He also narrates a lot from other taabi'oon who preceded him.

Q3.) Did he compile a book of ahaadeeth from Abu Hurayrah called "Sahifah"?
Yes, he did.  It was likely taken from the written compilation recorded by Aboo Hurayrah himself.  It is found in its entirity (or with a hadeeth or two missing) in the Musnad of Ahmad, by way of 'Abdur-Razzaaq, who heard it from Ma'mar, who heard it from Hammaam.  The chain is reliable.  The two imaams, al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, used hadeeth from this saheefah in their saheehs, yet they had a different approach on how to use them.  This is expounded upon by Ibn Hajr in Fat-hul-Baaree (11/518-519).

It was printed as a seperate publication by:

1) Dr. Muhammad Hameedullaah in 1372 (58 years ago) who relied on three sources: a manuscript in Berlin, one in Damascus, and the old Halabee printing of Musnad of Ahmad.

2) al-'Allaamah Ahmad Shaakir before his death prepared part of it for printing.  It was completed by Dr. al-Husaynee 'Abdul-Majeed Haashim as part of the work they did on Musnad Ahmad.  It was great work using a number of manuscripts and printed sources.

3) Dr. Rif'at Fowzee 'Abdul-Muttalib, Maktabah al-Khaanijee, 1406.  He based his work on the previous printings, comparing them and their sources with a newly found Egyptian manuscript which was very old and valuable, containing hadeeths not found in other manuscripts, but found in the Musnad of Ahmad.  He also did a lot of commentary on the hadeeths.

4) Shaykh 'Alee Hasan al-Halabee, in 1407, who based his work on only one manuscript: the Berlin manuscript, which has turned out to be missing hadeeths.

And Allaah knows best.

Important References:
Dr. Rif'at Fowzee's introduction to his printing of the Saheefah
"Sahaa'if as-Sahaabah" by Ahmad As-Suwayyaan

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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