Ahmad Al-Banna

Our Scholar today is Sh. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al-Banna Al-Sa’aati (1882 – 1958; 1301 – 1378 AH), may Allah shower him with Mercy, the father of Hasan al-Banna (may Allah accept him among the martyrs).

He is the author of the monumental book: “Al-Fath Al-Rabbani li-Tarteeb Musnad al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal al-Shaybani[1], in which he sorted the narrations of the Musnad of Imam Ahmad according to the topic of the narration. He started with narrations related to (1) Tawhid, then (2) Fiqh, then (3) Tafsir, then (4) Targhib, then (5) Tarhib, then (6) History, then ended with the narrations related to (7) Day of Judgement and the conditions of the Hereafter. He said in the introduction of his work: “I do not know of anyone who preceded me in this”.

Shaykh Ahmed Al-Banna also wrote a commentary on “Al-Fath Al-Rabbani” and called it: “Bulugh al-Amani min Asrar al-Fath al-Rabani”, although he died before completing the commentary, which was completed by others.

Sh. Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said [2]:

Scholars have taken great care of the Musnad [of Imam Ahmad], abridging it, commenting on it, [writing] explanations on it, and organizing it.

From the best [works in this regard] is “Al-Fath al-Rabbani li-Tartib Musnad al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal al-Shaybani” which was authored by Ahmad ibn Abdul Rahman al-Banna, better known as al-Sa’aati, who organized it into seven sections, the first being: Tawhid and the foundations of the Religion, and its last being the section on the Day of Judgement and the conditions of the Hereafter. He organized the book in a pleasant manner, and then completed it by authoring a commentary on it called: “Bulugh al-Amani min Asrar al-Fath al-Rabani”, (i.e. Achieving the Hopes from the secrets of Al-Fath al-Rabbani) and it is a title well suited to the content, as it is a very beneficial book in both the Hadeeth aspect, as well as the Fiqh one, and indeed Praise is due to Allah the Lord of the Universe”"

Shaykh Ahmad Al-Banna (may Allah have mercy on him) authored many other important works, such as “Minhat al-Ma’boud fi Tarteeb Musnad al-Taylasan Abi Dawud” (منحة المعبود في ترتيب مسند الطيالسي أبي داود), “Badaa’e al-Minan fee Jam’ wa Tarteeb Musnad al-Shafie wa al-Sunan” (بدائع المنن في جمع وترتيب مسند الشافعي والسنن), and a commentary on it titled “Al-Qawl al-Hasan fi Sharh Badae al-Minan[3] (القول الحسن في شرح بدائع المنن).

The Shaykh died in 1958 (1378 AH) [4].

May Allah shower him with Mercy

Footnote:

[1] “Al-Fath Al-Rabbani li-Tarteeb Musnad al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal al-Shaybani” and its commentary can be downloaded from the following link (الفتح الرباني لترتيب مسند الإمام أحمد بن حنبل الشيباني ومعه كتاب بلوغ الأماني من أسرارالفتح الرباني)

[2] Mustalah al-Hadeeth by Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen

[3] Badaa’e al-Minan and its commentary Al_Qawl al-Hasan can be downloaded from here (Waqfeya)

[4] Further Reading: http://majles.alukah.net/t98627/

ويقول الشيخ أحمد عبدالرحمن البنا: «اشتاقت نفسي إلى قراءة المسند، وذلك في سنة أربعين وثلثمائة وألف من الهجرة، فوجدته بحراً خضماً يزخر بالعلم، ويموج بالفوائد، لا سبيل إلى اصطياد فرائده، واقتناص شوارده، فخطر بالخاطر المخاطر، وناجتني نفسي أن أرتب هذا الكتاب، وأعقل شوارد أحاديثه بالكتب والأبواب، وأقيد كل حديث منه بما يليق به من باب وكتاب، فتحققت بمعونة الله العزيمة، وصدقت النية، وخلصت بتوفيقه، وحقق إخراج ما في النية إلى الفعل هذه الدرة اليتيمة» ـ

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