Abu Muhammad Ismail ibn Abi Bakr ibn al-Muqri, May Allah shower him with Mercy, authored a book that gathered 5 different Islamic Sciences, which he drafted in the most unique and brilliant manner.

Al-Sakhawi, May Allah Shower him with Mercy, said of the book, that it was: “amazingly composed”, and that the manner Abu Muhammad Al-Muqri drafted it “was never done before him” [1].

What’s unique about this book is that it was written in such a way that it discusses different Islamic Sciences depending on the way you read it!

1) When reading the complete text of the book, you will see the author discussing Fiqh.

2) When reading the first column by itself, you will see the author discussing the Science of Al-A’rud (i.e. the study of Poetic meters and the rhythmic structure of poems).

3) When reading the second column by itself, you will see the author discussing Islamic History.

4) When reading the third column by itself, you will see the author discussing the Science of Nahw (i.e. Grammar).

5) When reading the fourth column by itself, you will see the author discussing the Science of Al-Qawaafi (i.e. Rhymes)

He called the book [2]:

‘Unwan Al-Sharaf Al-Wafi

Fi ‘Ilm al-Fiqi wa-al-‘Arud wa-al-Tarikh

wa-al-Nahw wa-al-Qawafi

عُنوان الشرف الوافي في علم الفقه والعروض والتاريخ والنحو والقوافي

The book is 113 pages. A sample page can be seen below (with arrows added for clarity).

 

Unwan al-sharaf al-Wafi

 

[1] Al-Daw’ Al-Laami’ 1/451 by Al-Sakhawi

[2] Book Downloadable from: http://al-mostafa.info/data/arabic/depot3/gap.php?file=i002766.pdf

الحمد لله ولي الحمد ومستحقه الذي لا يــقوم بحمده أحد من خلقه وأشهد أن لـا

معبود للخلق إلا الله ولا إله لهم سواه وصـلى الله على سيد البشر رســول

ربنا ما رفع منار حق فلمع وأضاء نور علم وســطع اعلم أن العلم مصـباح

تستضيء به الأمة قد حمده الله واثنى عليه وأشرف ما استفتح من العـلوم علــم

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