Shama-il Tirmidhi – Introduction

English Translation by Shaykhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya.

Sunan Shamaa-il of Imam Tirmidhi is a collection on the physical description and character of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), also known as the sunnah. The reports of the Prophet’s sayings and deeds are called ahadith. Imam Tirmidi lived a couple of centuries after the Prophet’s death and worked extremely hard to collect his ahadith. Each report in his collection was checked for compatibility with the Qur’an, and the veracity of the chain of reporters had to be painstakingly established.

The Shamaa-il of Imam Tirmidhi has a collection of 397 ahadith and is divided into 55 chapters on the physical description and character of our beloved Prophet (SAW… Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam). It has been printed on numerous occasions and many commentaries have been written on it.

The English translation and commentary is of the Khasaa-il Nabawi Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam by Shaykhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahamatullahi ‘Alayhi. It will enable a Muslim to achieve a link and connection with the one whom Allah Ta’aala has made as a mercy unto mankind, and most certainly Allah has spoken the truth when He mentions in His Book:

“Verily, you ( Muhammad) are of a very high (noble) character”.

A Muslim can truly claim his love for Prophet(SAW), if he attempts to follow the manner and life-style of the messenger of Islam. We are given such an opportunity, after the reading of this book, for it enlightens the reader with the intimate aspect of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s) life.

As yet, there is no complete translation of Imam Tirmidhi’s Jami’ in the English language, whereas a complete English translation of Sahih Bukhari was undertaken by Muhammad Muhsin Khan and published in nine volumes in 1971 by the Islamic University of Madina, Saudi Arabia. Likewise the entire Sahih Muslim was rendered into English by ‘Abd al-Hamid Siddiqi and published in four volumes in 1976 in Lahore, Pakistan. These are the well known contributions in the field of Hadith by Muslim scholars.


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