[PDF] The Beacon of Basra By Ibn Jawzi (Adab al-Hassan al-Basri w Zuhduhu)
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The Beacon of Basra
Etiquette, Wisdom, and Asceticism of Hasan al-Basri
English Translation of Adab al-Hasan al-Basri wa Zuhduhu wa Mawa’izhu
By Imam Ibn Jawzi
Paperback 160 Pages
Publisher: Dar as-Sunnah Publishers
Translated from the original Arabic By Dar as-Sunnah Publishers
Description From The Publisher
There are many individuals who left a profound mark in Islam’s history; few, however, combined within them virtues and qualities that are rarely found in one person. Such was Abu Sa’eed Al-Hasan Al-Basri, the Tabi’i, the Imam of elevated rank, the exegete of the Qur’an, the jurist, the one known for immense worship and given to much asceticism and reflection. Abundant knowledge has been gathered and preserved and passed down the centuries through him.
It is enough of a testimony to appreciate the status of Al-Hasan than the words of the famous Companion, Abdullah ibn ‘Umar al-Khattab who said, “Had the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him met Al-Hasan, he would have been pleased with him.”
Every word written on the character of Al-Hasan attests to his close resemblance and likeness to that of a Sahabi (Companion of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him) in terms of his manners and etiquette and worldly outlook. In this short work penned by Ibn Al-Jawzi, he highlights certain aspects of Al-Hasan’s life, his morals, and the words of deep wisdom and contemplation he is known for.
Readers will no doubt, be moved by Al-Hasan’s scattered gems and be inspired to evaluate life’s priorities and renew their own commitments.
About The Author
‘Abu’l-Faraj Jamal al-Din Abdul Rahman ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad ibn Ali Ibn Ubayd Allah Ibn al-Jawzi al-Qurashi al Tamimi al Bakri al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali (509/510-597) was the Imam of Hanbalis and foremost orator of kings and commoners in his time, whose gatherings reportedly reached one hundred thousand. A hadith master, philologist, commentator of Qur’an, expert jurist, physician, and historian of superb character and exquisite manners.
Ibn al-Jawzi was a prolific author of over seven hundred books. He was the author of a vast number of works of which several have been printed in recent times. He was famous as a preacher and the traveller Ibn Jubair gives an enthusiastic account of two of his sermons heard in Baghdad.
He was born in 509/510 AH the city of Baghdad and grew up studying under the leading scholars of the time, He also was noted for his scholarship in the fields of history, linguistics, tafseer and fiqh. In fact, he became the leading scholar of the Hanbali Madhab of his time and played an important role in reviving and spreading it, especially after the become a favorite of the Abassid Caliph, al Mustadi.
Ibn al-Jawzi was severely tried towards the end of his life when his criticism of Shaykh Abd al-Qadir al-Gilani – his senior of forty years – led to accusations made against him to the Sultan al-Nasir by the Shaykh’s children and supporters. He was taken from Baghdad to the city of Wasit where he remained imprisoned for five years.
Ibn al-Jawzi passed away in 597 AH, two years after his release from Imprisonment.