Prayers to the Prophet are among the most important devotions through which the faithful have approached Allah. As a result, many scholars have written treatises and even books on its rulings and merits. It is also for this reason that Q 'Iy devoted a section of his celebrated work, al-Shif' to it. While the section is brief, it provides a valuable entry point into such literature by distilling rules and benefits for the seeker in brief expressions and beneficial narrations. We chose this section for quick study and review, as it will benefit both the busy student and the working professional on the go.
One of the most famous works in the Sham'il genre is Al-Shif bi Tarf uqq al-Muaf, which is literally translated as 'The Remedy (or Cure) Through Recognizing the Rights of the Chosen One.' It is remarkable among QIyd's writings in that it is his most well-known work, with numerous manuscripts and commentary surviving across the Islamic world. Sham'il is a literary genre that deals with the Prophet's life, qualities, and descriptions, as well as his status.
Al-Shifā, as it is called for short, stands alone as perhaps the most thorough work in this genre, dealing with both the descriptions of the Prophet ﷺ, his station and his perfections, and with the rulings pertaining to one’s belief and treatment of him ﷺ. It is exhaustive in its treatment of the subject, expounding on topics that range from Allah’s praise of the Prophet ﷺ and his status and station before Him, to the obligation of loving him and what that entails. In short, the uniqueness of this work can be attributed to its holistic coverage of the Messenger ﷺ.
- Authored by Qadi 'Iyad; Translated by Talut Dawood
- Publisher : Revival Press
- Paperback : 86 pages
Language : English