Manaqib al-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib (book)
|Manaqib al-imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib|
|Original title||مناقب الإمام علي بن أبي طالب|
|Subject||Virtues of Imam 'Ali (a) and Ahl al-Bayt (a)|
Manāqīb al-Imam ʿAlī b. Abī Tālib (Arabic: مناقب الإمام علي بن أبي طالب) known as Manāqib Ibn Maghāzilī (Arabic: مناقب اِبْن مَغازِلی), is a work by one of Sunni Muhadiths concerning the virtues of Amir al-Mu'minin (a) and Ahl al-Bayt (a). The book is authored by Abu l-Hasan 'Ali b. Muhammad Julabi (d. 483/1090-1091) known as Ibn al-Maghazili. In this book, the author concerned himself more with the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a), Fatima al-Zahra (a), Hasan (a) and Husayn (a) and less with other Imams (a). Ibn al-Maghazili has cited Shiite and Sunni resources in this book.
About the Author
- Main article: Ibn al-Maghazili
Abū l-Hasan ʿAlī b. Muḥammad Julābī is a historian and Muhadith from the city of Wasit in Iraq. 'Julabi' which is the Arabic form of the Persian word "Gulab" (which means rose-water) pertains to the village of Juliabiyya in Wasit. He is also known as Ibn al-Maghazili because one of his ancestors inhabited the 'Maghazilian' area in Wasit. He is also known as Khatīb (orator) because of his orations in Wasit.
Little is known about his life. Some resources have talked about his knowledge of the people (Muhadiths) of Wasit and their hadiths and also his knowledge of jurisprudence. Ibn al-Maghazili's approach to jurisprudence, as his pupil Khumays Hūzī says, is that of Maliki, but some people like Ibn Biṭrīq who knew him from his book, Manaqib, have considered him as a Shafi'i.
Names of the Book
The common version of this book has been published edited by Muhammad Baqir Bihbudi as Manaqib al-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib and is known by this title. But another print of the book edited by Muhammad Kazim Mahmudi is titled by Manaqib Ahl al-Bayt, since the book is not restricted to the virtues of Imam 'Ali (a) and includes hadiths about the virtues of Ahl al-Bayt (a).
Contents of the Book
In the introduction of the book, the author speaks about Ahl al-Bayt (a) and their virtues, and takes the appeal to their love as the right path. He has tried to collect their virtues as far as possible. He has dedicated the book to the library of one of the lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (a).
Much of the issues in Ibn al-Maghazili's book are about Imam 'Ali (a)'s virtues, such as his birth in Ka'ba, his precedence in accepting Islam, his going on the Prophet (s)'s shoulders and hadiths such as hadith of Ghadir, Hadith of Manzila (position), hadith of likening 'Ali (a) to Qur'an 112 (Sura al-Ikhlas), hadith of city of knowledge (Madinat al-'Ilm), hadith of returning the sun (radd al-shams), Hadith al-Tayr al-Mashwiy, hadith of closing the doors (Sadd al-Abwab), hadith of thaqalayn (pair of valuable things), Hadith of Wisaya, etc. He also deals with verses of Qur'an concerning Imam 'Ali (a)—such as Al-Ikmal Verse, Mubahala Verse) and Verse of Tathir.
Method of Writing
The author quotes hadiths in a referenced (Musnad) way by citing the chain of narrators, but he does not mention the books he refers to. Most of the people from whom he quotes are muhadiths and scholars of Wasit. Manaqib Ibn al-Maghazili is a mixture of information and reports by Shiite and Sunni writers compiled in this book.
The book , after it was written, was read for people in the Jami' Mosque of Wasit. Subsequent authors cited him and quoted some contents of his book, authors such as Sam'ani, Zahabi and Ibn Hajar 'Asqalani and others.
Manaqib Ibn al-Maghazili was popular among Shiite scholars and was extensively referred to by people such as Ibn Bitriq al-Hilli in Khasa'is and Al-'Umda, al-Irbili in Kashf al-Ghumma, Ibn Tawus in Iqbal al-a'mal, Sa'd al-su'ud and Al-Tara'if, al-'Allama al-Hilli in Nahj al-haqq and al-'Allama al-Majlisi in Bihar al-anwar.
Manuscripts of the Book
So far 6 manuscript copies of Manaqib al-Maghazili have been identified:
- A Yemeni copy that is kept in the Great Islamic Library (Kitabkhana Buzurg-i Islami) of Tehran, Iran.
- The copy of Maktaba Jami' Kabir in San'a, Yemen.
- Two 9th century manuscripts in Berlin, Germany.
- The copy of Maktaba Nasiriyya in Lucknow, India.
- The copy with 'Allama Amini's handwriting in Amir al-Mu'minin Library, Najaf, Iraq.
- The copy written by Sayyid 'Abd al-'Aziz Tabataba'i from his master 'Allama Amini.
The book has been translated into Farsi by Sayyid Muhammad Javad Mar'ashi Najafi. The book is published as Manaqib al-Imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib by Dar al-Adwa' in Beirut and as Manaqib Ahl al-Bayt by the World Assembly of Approximating Islamic Sects in Tehran.
- Ibn al-Maghazili, Manaqib, translated by Mar'ashi, p.17-18
- Dayirat al-ma'arf buzurg islami, vol.4 p.647
- Ibn al-Maghazili, Manaqib, p.55
- Ibn al-Maghazili, Manaqib
- Hafiziyan Babuli, Kitab Mah wa din, num. 45-46
- The material of this article is mainly taken from مناقب الإمام علي بن أبي طالب in Farsi WikiShia.
- Ibn al-Maghazili, 'Ali b. Muhammad. Manaqib al-imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib, translated by Sayyid Muhammad Jawad Mar'ashi. Qom: Maktaba Ayatullah Mar'ashi Najafi, 1356 sh
- Ibn al-Maghazili, 'Ali b. Muhammad. Manaqib al-imam 'Ali b. Abi Talib. Beirut: Dar al-Adwa', 1424
- Dayirat al-ma'arf buzurg islami. Tehran: 1370 sh
- Hafiziyan Babuli, Abulfadl. Kitab Mah wa din mag. 1380 sh