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Ali Ibn Al-Madeenee

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,


‘Ali Ibn ‘Abdillaah Ibn Ja’far ibn Najeeh, As Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) was born in 162 H and died 235 H. He is famously known by his Kunya Ibn Al-Madeenee. Many of the great Ulaama narrated from him and his statues and the level of his ‘Ilm becomes evident when you look at what the scholars have said about him.

Al Bukhaari stated: ‘He was the most knowledgeable person of his time.’

Abu Haatim Ar-Raazi stated: ‘Ali was a distinguished symbol amongst the people in the knowledge of Hadeeth and its defects. Al Imaam Ahmad never used to say his name, he used say his Kunya out of respect for him, I never heard al Imaam Ahmad mention him by name.

Muhammad Ibn Qudaamah Aj-Jawharee stated: I heard Ibn ‘Uyaynah say:

If it were not for ‘Ali Ibn Al-Madeenee I would not have sat to gain knowledge.

Ibn Junayd stated on the authority of Ibn Ma’een: ‘Ali Al-Madeenee is the greatest narrator on the authority of Yahya Ibn Sa’eed, I saw more that ten thousand people sitting in his classes. It was said to him; ‘More than Musadad.’ He replied; ‘Yes, and Yahya Ibn Sa’eed used to honor him, keep him close and accompany him, and ‘Ali always used to be with him.’

Al-A’een stated; ‘I saw ‘Ali Al-Madeenee lying down, Ahmad ibn Hanbal was at his right and Ibn Ma’een was at his left and he was dictating to them.’

Tahdheeb At-Tahdheeb by Ibn Haajar Asqalaani, p.120.


Good manners

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,

Yusuf Ibn Al-Husayn (rahimahullaah) said:



بالادب تفهم العلم، وبالعلم يصح لك العمل، وبالعمل تنال الحكمة, وبالحكمة تفهم الزهد، وتوفق له، وبالزهد تترك الدنيا، وبترك الدنيا ترغب في الاخرة، وبالر غبة في الخرة تنال رضى الله عز و جل.


“With good manners, you will understand knowledge. With knowledge, you will correct your actions. With actions, you will attain wisdom. With wisdom, you will comprehend zuhd (renouncing of the worldly life) and be granted it. With zuhd, you will abandon the worldly life. With abandonment of the worldly life, you will long for the hereafter. And with longing of the hereafter, you will achieve Allaah’s contentment.”


Iqtidaa’a Al-‘Ilmul Amal by Imaam Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi, p.27