To the Seekers of the noble Hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam

The following are couplets that were composed by Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Durayd (rahimahullah) in praise of Hadith Students.

My Respected Teacher, Shaykhul Hadith Moulana Fadhlur Rahman A’zami (may Allah protect him) generally reads it to the students of the Hadith class on the first day of the year.

I find the meaning quite profound. While praising he is actually advising us on manners and character.

Ibn Duraid (rahimahullah) says

أهْلًا وَسَهْلًا بالَّذِيْنَ أُحِبُّهُمْ وَأَوَدُّهُم في اللهِ ذِي الْآلَاء

Welcome to those who I love and adore for the sake of Allah Ta’ala

أَهْلًا بِقَوْمٍ صَالِحينَ ذَوِيْ تُقى غُرّ الوُجوهِ وَزَيْنِ كُلّ مَلاءِ

Welcome to that pious, upright group whose faces are radiant and who are sources of beauty to every gathering

يَسْعَوْنَ في طَلَبِ الحديثِ بِعِفَّةٍ وَتَوَقُّرٍ وَسَكينَةٍ وَحياءِ

They seek to acquire the knowledge of Hadith with the qualities of: decency, dignity, calmness and modesty

لَهُمُ المَهابَةُ وَالْجلالَةُ والنُّهى وَفَضائلُ جَلَّتْ عَنِ الإحْصاءِ

They deserve: all respect, grandeur, intellect and merits that cannot be enumerated

وَمِدادُ ما تَجْرِيْ بِه أَقْلَامُهُمْ أَزْكى وَأفْضَلُ مِنْ دَمِ الشُّهَداءِ

The ink of their pens is more pure and virtuous than the blood of the martyrs

يا طالِبِيْ عِلْمِ النَّبِيّ مُحَمَّد ٍ مَا أَنتُم وَسِوَاكُم بِسَواءِ

O Seeker of the tradition of Nabi Muhammad sallalahu ‘alayhi wasallam! You can never be matched by those besides you

May Allah Ta’ala make us worthy of the above. Amin.
Reported by Imam Ibn ‘Abdil Barr (rahimahullah) –Jami’u bayanil ‘ilm, vol.1 pg.31
15/12/2012

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