- It include brief inter-linked biographies of Muslim scholars since the time of Companions of Prophet Muhammad (صلّی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلّم), arranged by century (AH) and areas of interest.
- It also include all known companions (Sahaba, RA), famous Successors (Taba'een), their Followers (Taba' Taba'een) and later scholars including all known hadeeth narrators.
- Information can be searched in many different ways (including Arabic name).
- Search options include:Smart search box on top, Advanced search form and Statistics/tags grouping/filtering.
- Tags are used for easy grouping/searching/Events (like Abyssinia, Aqaba, Badr).
- Each scholar is assigned an unique Id so that it can be referenced(linked) from other entries.
- A book database is also created to list scholarly work performed by the scholar.
- Entries made by users/visitors are reviewed for authenticity before it can be made available on the web site.
- 4 level/generation family tree.
- Interactive Scholar's Timeline (New).
- Suggest as you type (the companion names).
- Information can be analysed/accessed/compared using interactive Trees and Timelines.
- Option to produce possible chains (of narrators) to Companion by processing the teacher list.
- This is believed to be first extensive work/translation in English on hadeeth narrators.
- The huge database of resources (Arabic) containing multi-volume books (see the list below) on hadeeth narrators and scholars are available for easy access.
- The scholar information is interlinked within these resources, enabling access to original information about a particular scholar/narrator.
- Different variations of name and kunya for a particular narrator/scholar are captured.
- Known family members (parents, siblings, sposues, children) are also recorded.
- Information like date of birth/death, places of stay, teacher and student list and narrator grade/rank provide useful details about hadeeth narrators.[More..]
- Student of hadeeth sciences can greatly benefit in the field of 'ilm al-rijal (knowledge of men/authorities), tabqat al-ruwat (classes of narrators) and al-jarh wa'l-ta'dil (impugnment & validation). [More..]
- This website/database can also serve as a resource for takhreej al-hadeeth.
- Quick access to all related scholars/narrators by utilizing trees and timelines.
- Possible chains to Companion feature can be utilized to do research on ahadeeth with broken chains.
The significance of knowing the details of hadeeth narrators is summerized by Imam Muslim in the introduction of Sahih Muslim as follows:
The Obligation of Narrating upon the Trustworthy and Leaving the Liars
- "O! you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful." [Qur'an 49:6]
- "Take for witnesses two just people among you" [Qur'an 65:2]
- "...Witnesses that you are pleased with" [Qur'an 2:282]
The Evil of Lying upon the Messenger of Allah (saw)
- Anas Ibn Maalik(RA) has said: "Indeed, the only thing that prevents me from narrating to you an abundance of hadeeth is that the Messenger of Allaah said, Whoever lies on me intentionally his seat has been prepared for him in the Hellfire".
- Abu Hurayrah has said: The Messenger of Allaah said, "Whoever lies on me intentionally his seat has been prepared for him in the Hell fire".
The Prohibition of Narrating Everything that One Hears
- Abu Hurayrah from the Prophet(saw), "It is sufficient that a man has lied who narrates everything that he hears."
The Prohibition of Narrating upon the Weak and the Caution against Carrying their Narrations
- Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, "There will be in the latter part of my Ummah a people that will relate to you ahaadeeth of which you never heard previously and not your fathers. So let you and them beware".
Isnad is from the Religion, Narration is only upon the Trustworthy, Criticism of Narrators is Obligatory and not Impermissible Backbiting
- 'Abdullaah Ibn al-Mubaarak said, "The isnaad is from the Religion. If not for isnaad anyone could say whatever he pleased".
- Ibn Seereen said, "They didn't use to ask about the isnaad but when the fitnah (trial, tribulation) came they would say, 'name for us your men.' So look at the people of Sunnah and accept their hadeeth, and look at the people of innovation and do not accept their hadeeth".
These Arabic resources are separately stored in the database (searchable) and are linked with the main database.
- al-Isabah by Ibn Hajar (12,000+ records) - الإصابة في تمييز الصحابة
- at-Thaqat by Ibn Hibban (16,000+ records) - ثقات ابن حبان
- al-Tarikh-ul-Kabir by al-Bukhari (12,000+ records) - التاريخ الكبير
- Tabaqat by ibn Sa'd (4,000+ records)- الطبقات الكبرى ابن سعد
- Siyar A'lam al-Nubala by al-Dhahbi (5,000+ records)- سير أعلام النبلاء - الذهبي
- Lisan al-Mizan by Ibn Hajar (15,000+ records)- لسان الميزان
- Tahdheeb al-Tahdheeb by Ibn Hajar (12,000+ records)- تهذيب التهذيب - ابن حجر
- Taqrib al-Tahdheeb by Ibn Hajar (~12,000 records)- تقريب التهذيب - ابن حجر العسقلاني
- Mezan A'tadal by al-Dhahbi (11,000+ records)- ميزان الاعتدال في نقد الرجال- الذهبي
- Tahdheeb al-Kamal by al-Mizzi (40,000+ records)- تهذيب الكمال في أسماء الرجال - المزي
- At-Thaqat, al-Tarikh-ul-Kabir and Tabaqat are considered original recourses as they were complied in the 3rd century (Hijri). These compilation deals with the narrators of hadith in a general way. The later scholars wrote books on men of Hadith of particular book or group of books like 'six books'. Ibn Hajar and al-Dhahbi are famous authors of such writings. These writings are based on original sources mentioned above and other similar sources.
- These resources serve dual purpose on the website. Firstly, as the reference resource for the Muslim Scholars database and secondly, user can search these resources directly (in Arabic) from the advanced search option.
(Try it now)
- Oct. 3rd, 2012 - Muslim Scholar Database is now linked to Thadeeb al-Kamal by al-Mizzi.
- August 18th, 2012 - Linked to Hadith database, Launch of mobile-friendly site and Andriod App.
- Jan. 15th, 2011 - First phase covering the first 300 years (first 4 generations) is completed.
- July 1st, 2010 - Most Scholars and hadeeth narrators of first 4 generations are added (basic info, linked with Taqrib al-Tahzeeb & Tahzeeb al-Tahzeeb).
- March 30th, 2010 - Children of 10 Companions (Promised Paradise) are added.
- Feb 28th, 2010 - Most Companions are added.
- Dec 30th, 2009 - All Companions who participated in Badr are added. [Click here for the list]
- July 10th, 2009 - All Companions who migrated to Abyssinia are added. [Click here for the list]
- July 20th, 2009 - All Muhajireen Companions who participated in Badr are added. [Click here for the list]
- August 1st, 2009 - Most Companions from Banu Hashim are added. [Click here for the list]
- August 3rd, 2009 - Most Companions from Banu al-Muttalib are added. [Click here for the list]
- August 5th, 2009 - Most Companions from Banu 'Abd Shams are added. [Click here for the list]
- August 15th, 2009 - Most Companions from Banu Umayya are added. [Click here for the list]
Taba' Tabi'een Scholars
3rd Century Scholars