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This concise work is a summary of Imām Abū ʿĪsā al-Tirmidhī's Ash-Shamā'il al-Muḥammadiyya, a widely-acclaimed work which details different aspects of the character and lifestyle of Allah's Messenger . Based primarily on the Moroccan scholar Sheikh Muḥammad ʿAbd al‑Ḥayy al-Kattānī's summary entitled Munyat al-Sā'il, this book beautifully captures the essence of each chapter of the Shamā'il, allowing readers to draw ever closer to Allah's Messenger and study his salient features, as though they are directly observing his blessed personage. In an era where Muslims are being detached from Allah's Messenger , the lifeline of a person's belief, it is hoped this summary will help rekindle the flame of love for him and inspire readers to emulate his blessed example.
Sheikh Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Ḥayy al-KattKattānī was born in 1302 ah in Fez, Morocco. He received his early education by his illustrious father, Sheikh ʿAbd al-Kabīr al-Kattānī, and his brother, Sheikh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Kabīr, before moving on to study under great scholars at the renowned institute of Kairouan. He travelled across Morocco and beyond to Egypt, Syria and the Holy Lands, where he benefited from the knowledge of many scholars. Towards the end of his life, Sheikh Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Ḥayy experienced a number of difficulties from the authorities in Morocco, forcing him to emigrate to Nice, France, where he passed away in 1382 ah.Imām Abū ʿĪsā MuḤammad ibn ʿĪsā ibn SaSawra al-Tirmidhī was born in 210 ah in Termez, Uzbekistan. He travelled far and wide in his pursuit of the prophetic hadīths, and narrated from Imāms Bukhārī, Muslim, Abū Dawūd, Qutayba ibn Saʿīd and Muḥammad ibn Bas-shār among many others. He was renowned for his piety, abstinence and remarkable memory. Among his famous works are Ash-Shamā'il al-Muḥammadiyya and Al-Jāmiʿ al-Kabīr, commonly known as Sunan al-Tirmidhī. Imām Abū ʿĪsā al-Tirmidhī passed away in 297 ah.