Relations of pious predecessors according to professions

Islamic saints, Islamic scholars and Muhaddiseen رَحِمَهُمُ اللّٰە have greatly served Islam. They have also had great contribution in spreading Islam and propagating knowledge. Sometimes some connections or relations are found with the names of these blessed personages. This relation is sometimes in connection with a street, area and a city, sometimes in connection with ancestors and a tribe and sometimes in connection with their own professions or the professions of their forefathers. In this article, the relations of pious predecessors will be mentioned in connection with professions.

Ibn-ul-Jabbab [اِبْنُ الجَبَّاب]

This word Jibaab has been referred to selling Jubbahs (robe) and the personage who was famous for this title is Imam Abu ‘Umar Ahmad Bin Khalid Qurtubi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه. He was born in 246 AH and passed away in 322 AH. Qadi ‘Iyaad Maliki رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: He was an Imam in the Maliki Fiqh (jurisprudence). Imam Zahabi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has mentioned that he is a unique person and according to some Muhaddiseen, no Muhaddis like Ibn-ul-Jabbab has ever been born in Andalusia (now Spain). (Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 11, pp. 628-629)

Al-Bazzaz [اَلْبَزَّاز]

This word is used for the person who sells a type of cloth. One of the famous pious predecessors of Iraq Hafiz-ul-Hadees Sayyiduna Abu ‘Imran Musa Bin Haroon رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه is also famous for this relation. He was born in 214 AH and passed away in 294 AH. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Ahmad Bin Ishaq Sibghee رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه, a glorious Imam, has said: We have not seen anyone more awe-inspiring, pious and abstinent amongst Huffaz of Hadees than Sayyiduna Musa Bin Haroon رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه.

Hafiz of Hadees Sayyiduna ‘Abdul Ghani Bin Sa’eed رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: In his age, he رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه was the one who was the best amongst people regarding knowledge about the Ahadees of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. It has been narrated that he performed Hajj many times. He would stay for one year in Baghdad and after Hajj, he would stay [in Makkah Mukarramah] for one year. Imam Zahabi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: I presume that he رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه would do trade during this period of time. (Al-Ansaab lis-Sam’aani, vol. 2, pp. 186; Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 10, pp. 104-105)

Al-Bazzar [اَلْبَزَّار]

This word is spoken for the person who takes out oil from seeds or sells seeds. A group of Aimmah and Islamic scholars are famous for this relation. One of these pious predecessors is Hafiz of Hadees, an author of books, Imam Abu Bakr Ahmad Bin ‘Amr Basari رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه. He was born either in 211, 212 or 213 AH and passed away in 292 AH. It has been narrated that after Sayyiduna ‘Ali Bin Madeeni رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه, the teacher of Imam Bukhari and Ameer-ul-Mumineen fil-Hadees, no one is greater Islamic scholar than him in the knowledge of Hadees. (Al-Ansaab lis-Sam’aani, vol. 2, pp. 182; Musnad-ul-Bazzaar, vol. 1, pp. 8, 14, 16)

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