Book Review: Al-Arba’in 6 – Collection of Forty Hadiths on the Duty of Loving the Noble Family of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Al-Arba'in 6 - Collection of Forty Hadiths on the Duty of Loving the Noble Family of the  Prophet Muhammad

Title: Al-Arba’in 6 – Collection of Forty Hadiths on the Duty of Loving the Noble Family of the
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)
Publisher: Turath Publishing (2010)
Author: al-Hafiz Muhammad Ibn Jaffar al-Kattani
Translation: Safaruk Zaman Chowdhury
Commentary: Abdus Samad Clark and Adil Wainwright

Turath Publishing has a series of Arba’ins (a collection of forty Prophetic sayings) covering a range of topics. This book is the sixth one in this collection. The virtue of collecting, preserving and memorizing forty hadiths has been highlighted by a number of hadiths. The publisher, Brother Yahya Batha states in his preface:

The practice of gathering forty hadith derives from a hadith narrated through several Companions that puts the spiritual rank of religious scholarship within the easy reach of the ordinary believer with the words: “Whoever memorises forty narrations for my nation in matters of its religion, Allah will raise him up as a scholar and I shall be an intercessor and witness for him on the Day of Rising”

The back of the book includes an endorsement from Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, a summary and a brief biography of al-Hafiz Muhammad Ibn Jaffar al-Kattani:

‘An excellent work on an important subject which every Muslim should read. The virtues of Ahlu al-Bait is a subject which has been neglected in the last few decades; I thank the translator for his efforts and congratulate Turath publishing on producing it.’ -Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi

In this collection of 42 hadith, al-Hafiz al-Kattani tackles a subject that has been neglected by modern Islam and yet is one that lies at the core of the religion, namely, the love of the noble family of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Al-Hafiz al-Kattani demonstrate categorically that to love the family of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is an integral part of Sunni Islam and a foundational attitude of the believer.

Muhammad Ibn Jaffar al-Kattani

Al-Hafiz Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Jaffar al-Kattani (b.1273 AH) received his early religious education in his native Morocco, then traveled to Syria and the Hijaz to continue his studies with many of the leading scholars of his time. He was a specialist of hadith but also mastered other sciences including Islamic jurisprudence. He was deeply involved in the political struggle against colonialism, and was a great support to the legitimate Muslim rulers.

al-Hafiz al-Kattani starts the book by citing numerous Qur’anic verses which indicate the excellence and merit of the family of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) followed by 42 hadiths following the example of Imam Nawawi. Hadith 21 is presented below. The Arabic text of the hadith, as published in the book, has been omitted in the excerpt:

Hadith 21

Ash-Shirazi reports in his Fawai’d as well as ad-Daylami and Ibn an-Najjar on the authority of Ali (رضي الله عنه) in marfu’ form that [the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said]:

Train your children to have three traits of character: love for your Prophet, love of his household and recitation of the Qur’an.

al-Hafiz al-Kattani concludes the book by saying that ‘the narrations on this subject are without limit’ and ‘the discussion on this topic is extremely vast and people have written much on it..’

May Allah bless those who assisted in making this book available and include us all amongst those who love the noble family of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Ameen.

Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf had a two day course on this book, the videos can be found on the Zam Zam Academy website through the links below:

Day 1:

http://www.zamzamacademy.com/courses/al-arbain-of-muhammad-ibn-jaffar-al-kattani/day-1-al-arbain-of-muhammad-ibn-jaffar-al-kattani/

Day 2:

http://www.zamzamacademy.com/courses/al-arbain-of-muhammad-ibn-jaffar-al-kattani/day-2-al-arbain-of-muhammad-ibn-jaffar-al-kattani/

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