The Final Words of the Scholars at The Onset of Death
The author al-Hafiz ibn Zabr has collected in this work a moving selection of
narrations regarding the final moments of the Prophets, Companions and the
scholars from amongst the early generations. Provided through this are their
final testaments, words of wisdom and reflections at the coming of death.
About the Author
Al-Dhahabī said in Tadhkirat al-huffāz: “[He was] the erudite hāfiz and author
Abū Sulaymān, the muḥaddith of Damascus and the son of its judge. Ibn Zabr
said, ‘Abū Jaʿfar al-Ṭaḥāwī reviewed some of the work I authored, and he
became impressed. He said to me, ‘O Abū Sulaymān, those of your ilk (i.e. the
ḥadīth scholars) are the chemists and those of our ilk (i.e. the fiqh scholars) are
Al-Kattānī said: “Many narrated from him and he dictated in the Jāmiʿ Masjid.
He was a thiqah narrator, noble and dependable. He authored a book entitled
al-Wafiyāt which was famous on the tongues. Abū Naṣr ibn al-Jabbān related
that Ibn Zabr told him that he saw Allah, the Exalted, during his sleep and he
mentioned that he saw just a light.”
ʿAbd al-Hay ibn al-ʿAmād al-Hanbalī said in Shadharāt al-Dhahab: “The deaths of
379h: From them was Abū Sulaymān ibn Zabr, he was a muḥaddith, a hāfiz, a
thiqah narrator and a highly revered individual. He authored a number of
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