Abdul Qader Arnaoot

Abdul Qader Arnaoot

Abdul-Qader Arnaoot, ( _ar. عبد القادر الأرناؤوط) (also "Abdul Qadir al-Arna'ut", "Arnaut", Abdul-Kader Arnauti, and other variants) (1928-2004) was an important and influential Islamic scholar of the 20th century; he specialised in the fields of hadith and fiqh.


Abdul Qader was born into a poor family in the town of Vrela in Kosovo in 1347 AH/1928. Because of the Serbian oppression against the Muslims, his family emigrated (he was at the age of three) to Damascus where he started to learn Arabic and the sacred Islamic sciences. Studying under a variety of the great scholars of his time, he was able to achieve a high level in sacred transmitted knowledge.

Soon he became among famous scholars in the science of Hadith in Syria. In fact, he was considered by major scholars to be one of the world's top five Hadîth masters. Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani was asked from whom they should take the final word on hadîth if he was to pass away, to which the Shaykh replied, "Abdul Qadir." [http://fsknowledge.com/Biographies/AbdulQadir_Arnaut/AbdulQadir-Arnaut.htm Obituary: Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Arna'ut] by Abu Eesa Niamatullah.] He gave lectures in many Islamic Institutions mainly in in Damascus and later in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and his original country Albania when the Communist era elapsed.

His famed oratory skills matched by a unique and sincere concern for his people, often led him to speak his mind, never fearing the authorities or oppressors. The Ba'ath government attempted to restrict his life as much as possible and he had suffered much difficulties at their hands, being banned many times from lectures and teaching, and then being placed under house arrest. He died on Friday, 26 November 2004.

Notable publications

As a teacher and redactor and corrector of publishing house in Damascus, the Shaykh has left behind over a complete 90 works like:
* "Jâmi' al-Usûl of Ibn Athir" (encyclopaedic work)
* "Al-Wajeez" (A Brief Summary of the Early Muslim Generations Belief)
* "The Virtues of the Qur'an"
* "Zâd al-Masîr fî 'Ilm at-Tafsîr" ("Provision of the Journey") by Abu-al-Faraj Ibn Al-Jawzi - 9 volumes
* "Rreadatul Taibin" - 12 volumes
* "Zad al-Ma'ad of Ibn Qayyim" - 6 volumes
* "al-Adhkâr by Nawawi"
* "El Furkan" [http://www.iiu.edu.my/deed/quran/albanian/islamic-cultureiv.htm]
* "al-Kâfi by Muwaffaq ud-Dîn al-Maqdisi" - 3 volumes

Some of that work was a group work with other famous scholars such as "Mishkât al-Masâbîh" which was a shared work with Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, and "Zad al-Ma'ad" which was a shared work with Shu'ayb al-Arna'ut.


* http://www.alarnaut.com

ee also

* Ibn Taymiyyah
* Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya

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