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Yahya Ibn Ma'in

Ya?y? ibn Man (Arabic: ? ?‎) was a classical Islamic scholar[3] of Persian[8] origin.

He was a close friend of Ahmad ibn Hanbal and is often quoted regarding Ilm ar-Rijal.[9] Alongside Ibn Hanbal, Ali ibn al-Madini and Ibn Abi Shaybah, Ibn Ma'in has been considered by many Muslim specialists in hadith to be one of the four most significant authors in the field.[10]

His teachers included; Ibn al-Mub?rak, Isml ibn ?Iy?sh, 'Ab?d ibn 'Ab?d, Sufy?n ibn ?Uyainah, Gundur, Ab? Muwiyyah, tim ibn Isml, ?af? ibn Giy?th, Jar?r ibn ?Abdul-?am?d, 'Abd ur-Ruzz?q, Wak?' and many others from Ir?q, ?ij?z, Jaz?rah, Sh?m and Mi?r.[11]

From amongst his students were; A?mad bin ?anbal, Mu?ammad bin S?ad, Ab? Khaithamah, al-Bukh?r?, Muslim, Ab? D?w?d, ?Abb?s al-Dawr?, Ab? tim, and many others.[12]

His zeal for knowledge was recognised through his endeavours. A notable example is that after the passing of his father he inherited 1,050,000 dirhams. He spent it all towards seeking ?ad?th to the extent that nothing remained to even purchase a pair of shoes.[13]

We also see the Im?m's zeal for seeking knowledge by the various journeys he made, such as: Basrah, Bagd?d, Har?n, Dimasq, al-Ras?fah, al-Ray, San', Kuf?, Mi?r and Makkah al-Mukaramah.[14]

His works were not limited to mere approbations and disapprobation of narrators albeit a science he was a master in, or narrating of ad?th,[15] rather, he progressed forward as an author writing many books, many of which are not found today,[16] despite him formally writing as an author at the age of twenty.[17] Of the books available today are; Ma'rifatul al-Rij?l,[18] T?r?kh ?Uthm?n bin Sad al-D?rim?, Ya?y? bin Man wa Kit?buhu 'l-T?r?kh and a small treatise titled 'Min Kal?m Ab? Zakariyy? Ya?y? bin Man fi 'l-Rij?l'.

References

  1. ^ " ? ". Ibnamin.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Tahdhib al-Tahdhib
  3. ^ a b "Muslim American Society". Masnet.org. 2003-10-09. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts". Usc.edu. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Abu Bakrah and the Feminists". Abc.se. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "IslamWeb". IslamWeb. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Al-Bastaw?, ?Abd al-?Al?m ?Abd al-?Am (1990). Al-Im?m al-J?zaj?n? wa-manhajuhu fi al-jar? wa-al-ta?d?l. Maktabat D?r al-?aw?. p. 9.
  8. ^ Frye, ed. by R.N. (1975). The Cambridge history of Iran (Repr. ed.). London: Cambridge U.P. p. 471. ISBN 978-0-521-20093-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Rijal: narrators of the Muwatta of Imam Muhammad". Bogvaerker.dk. 2005-01-08. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Ibn al-Jawzi, The Life of Ibn Hanbal, pg. 45. Trns. Michael Cooperson. New York: New York University Press, 2016. ISBN 9781479805303
  11. ^ Siyar A?l?m al-Nubal?', Vol 11, pg. 72. Al-Kam?l f? Asm?' al-Rij?l, Vol. 31, pg. 544 - 546
  12. ^ T?r?kh Bagd?d, Vol 16, pg. 263. Siyar A?l?m al-Nubal?', Vol 11, pg. 72. Tahz?b Al-Kam?l f? Asm?' al-Rij?l, Vol. 31, pg. 546
  13. ^ Ma?rifatul 'l-Rij?l, Vol 1, pg. 5. T?r?kh Bagd?d, Vol 16, pg. 265
  14. ^ Ma?rifatul al-Rij?l, Vol 1, pg. 7 - 8.
  15. ^ Ma?rifatul 'l-Rij?l, Vol 1, pg. 16
  16. ^ Ma?rifatul 'l-Rij?l, Vol 1, pg. 6
  17. ^ Siyar A?l?m al-Nubal?', Vol 11, pg. 77
  18. ^ Ma'rifatul 'l-Rij?l, Vol 1, pg. 16



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