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Al-Anwar al-bahira (book)

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Al-Anwar al-bahira
Author 'Abd Allah b. 'Abd al-Qadir al-Talidi al-Hasani al-Maghribi
Original title ألأنوارُ ألباهِرَة بِفَضائل أهل البَیت ألنّبوی وَ ألذُّریةِ ألطّاهرة
Language Arabic
Subject Virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a)
Genre Hadith
Published 1428/2007
Publisher World Assembly of the Proximity of Islamic Sects

Al-Anwār al-bāhira bi faḍāʾil Ahl al-Bayt al-Nabawī wa l-Dhurrīyya al-Ṭāhira (Arabic: ألأنوارُ ألباهِرَة بِفَضائل أهل البَیت ألنّبوی وَ ألذُّریةِ ألطّاهرة) is a book written by 'Abd Allah b. 'Abd al-Qadir al-Talidi al-Hasani al-Maghribi, a Sunni scholar of the 14th century/20th century. The work is organized in four parts regarding Amir al-Mu'minin (a), Fatima al-Zahra (a), Imam al-Hasan (a) and Imam al-Husayn (a). At the beginning of the book, there are hadiths concerning the general virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a).

Author

'Abd Allah b. 'Abd al-Qadir al-Talidi al-Hasani al-Maghribi is a contemporary Sunni scholar. He was born in 1345/1926 in Tangier, Morocco. He studied there with scholars such as Ahmad and 'Abd Allah al-Ghumari and Muhammad Baqir al-Katani. He is a follower of the Maliki school of fiqh (jurisprudence). Although he respects the household of the Prophet (s), he is steadfast in his own beliefs and criticizes Shiite beliefs. He wrote books such as Tahdhib al-Tirmidhi, al-Jawahir al-masnu'a (an exegesis of the Qur'an), Fada'il al-Sahaba, al-Mubashshirat, and al-Anwar al-bahira.

Parts

The book consists of four parts:

The book concludes with an index of Qur'anic verses, hadiths and a bibliography.

Features

The book does not mention chains of narrations of hadiths. The author does not merely cite hadiths; he also comments on, and criticizes, them. For example, in his discussion of Tathir Verse, he cited different views and then expressed his own view. In many cases, he discussed and criticized Shiite beliefs. The editor of the book added footnotes to reply to his criticisms. The editor also identifies the sources of the book.

As the editor pointed out, the author cited Shiite beliefs from secondary sources and did not consult original Shiite sources to find about their beliefs. Thus he cited some beliefs alleged to Shias by their adversaries, though they are, in fact, not accepted by Shias themselves. However, the author is explicit to express his own opinions that do not fully agree with the main Sunni beliefs.

Significance and Publication

The book is written recently and so it is not much known. It was published by the World Assembly of the Proximity of Islamic Sects apparently because the author talked about the virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a).

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