Imam At-Tirmidhi (210H - 279H), may Allah have his mercy on his soul, was born during the caliphate of Abbasid khalifa Al-Ma'mmun Abdullah ibn Harun Ar-Rashid, who started the fitna that Quran was a creation of Allah and not His speech. During his lifetime 9 Muslim Khalifas ruled with some being pious and noble while some committing evil and innovations.
Imam At-Tirmazi traveled a lot in quest for seeking knowledge which gave him the expertise needed to become a Faqih and muhadith of his time. Imam At-Tirmizi has related from likes of Imam Bukhari and Muslim. He was one of the outstanding students of Imam Bukhari and also studied under Imam Muslim. Imam Tirmidhi learned extensively from Imam Malik and became known as one of his staff due to his dedication in his learning the knowledge of ahadith.
Many of the scholars of past have highly praised Imam At-Tirmadhi. His book Al-Jami' At-Tirmidhiii is one of the most invaluable books of hadith available to date. Al-Hafiz ibn Al-Athir states in Jami al-Usul: "His sahih book is the best of books, the greatest of them in benefit, the best of them in organization, and the least of them in repetition." Imam Tirmidhi also gained a high status in other sciences of knowledge including Tafsir, Fiqh, and history.
About the Series
This book is in a series of biographies of some of the scholars and Muhaddithin of this ummah which Allah has granted glory and honor until the Hour. It focuses on certain aspects of the lives of these scholars including their attributes, their manners, their religion, and how great is our need in this era to know about these matters. There can be no return to the glory and honor that this ummah possesses except by assuming the noble attributes that the first generation possessed.
The biographies of these scholars are unknown to many Muslims. People have become tired of hearing empty talk. They want to see religion become a practical reality just as it was during the during the lives of these scholars and in the lives of those people that followed them. This religion was well established at their times and it filled their hearts and minds, it was part of their very flesh and blood. If they spoke, it was for Allah's sake that they spoke, and when they remained silent, that too was for Allah's sake.
They illuminated the world with their piety, knowledge, worship, and their righteous deeds. Their character, morals, and manners were like those of the Prophet himself. If you look at their dealings you would see a living practical application of dealings of the Prophet himself. The very mention of these scholars softens the heart of the believer, leading to sincere worship of Allah.