Before you is the English translation of the classical treatise al-Rihla
fi Talab al-Hadeeth by the great scholar of the Shafi’i school of
jurisprudence and the imam of his time, Khateeb al-Baghdadi. His
complete biography from Imam al-Dhahabi’s voluminous work Siyaar A’laam
al-Nubala has also been translated and added herein.
This treatise is essentially a gathering of powerful and insightful
narrations (of the Companions, pious predecessors, and the Prophet Musa)
that emphasise the importance of travelling and exerting efforts towards
seeking knowledge. It also serves as a historical record, highlighting
the efforts of the early generations of scholars without whom the
knowledge would not have been collected. These narrations also serve as
a reminder of the high aspirations and humility required by Muslims in
the pursuit of knowledge, a wakeup call to tread the path of our pious
Imam al-Dhahabi said regarding al-Khateeb,
He produced a great amount of literature and was advanced in his works
to the extent that he overshadowed his peers… He eventually became
indisputably the most learned person of his time.
Abu ‘Alī al-Baradani said,
The hafiz of our time, Abu Bakr al-Khateeb narrated to us. I have never
seen the like of him, nor do I think he witnessed anyone similar to him.
Pages:128 Year of Publication:2016 Size cm: 15x21 Binding: soft cover
Weight: 175.0000 mg Author: Al Imam Hafiz Abu bakr Ahmad Ibn Ali Ibn
Thabit Publisher: Dar Al-Arqam