Imam Ibn Majah (209H - 273H), may Allah have his mercy upon his soul, lived during the Abbasid caliphate while scientific studies had begun taking hold in the Abbasid dynasty. During this time literary aspects greatly influenced writing and works about Islam, thus protecting Islam from these things had become of foremost importance to Imam Ibn Maajah and other scholars of this time.
Ibn Majah also traveled extensively to verify the authenticity of the ahadith he was narrating. His quest of knowledge left him with many teachers and students. Like other scholars of hadith, to avoid showing off, he did not write down his stories of traveling, otherwise, we would have invaluable resources to learn from.
Scholars have highly praised Ibn Majah. Al-Khaleeli said, "His leadership in knowledge is agreed upon, for he was well-versed in Hadeeth and it's memorization and he was widely read in this field." Adh-Dhabhabi said about Ibn Maajah, "He is the Haafiz, the authority, the well-versed in Tafseer, the leading hadith scholar of Qazween during his time; trustworthy in hadith and widely read."
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.