Biography of Ibn ‘Abidin

Ibn ‘Abidin (1198 – 1252 AH = 1784 – 1836 CE)
Muhammad Amin, son of Omar, son of Abdulaziz ‘Abidin from Damascus.

He was a jurist from the Levant [Sham] and the foremost Imam of the Hanafi school in his time. He was born and passed away in Damascus.

His notable works include:
  • “Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar” (Response of the Perplexed to the Chosen Pearl) in five volumes, more commonly known as Ibn ‘Abidin’s Commentary [Hashiya Ibn ‘Abidin].
  • “Raf’ al-Anzar ‘amma Awradahu al-Halabi ala al-Dur al-Mukhtar” (Raising Sights Regarding What Al-Halabi Presented on the Chosen Pearl).
  • “Al-‘Uqood al-Durriyah fi Tanqih al-Fatawi al-Hamidiyah” – spanning two volumes.
  • “Nasamat al-As’har ‘ala Sharh al-Minar” on Foundations.
  • Commentary on “Al-Mutawwal” with a focus on Rhetoric.
  • “Al-Raheeq al-Makhtum” dealing with Inheritance law.
  • Annotations on “Tafsir al-Baydawi”, where he pledged not to repeat any information already mentioned by prior commentators.
  • A compilation of letters, assembled in two volumes, comprising a total of 32 letters.
  • “Uqood al-Lu’lu’i in Asanid al-‘Awali” – his record book.[1]

    For excerpts from Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, click here.

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