PUBLISHER: Ta Ha Publishers (England)
AUTHOR: Muhammad ibn Sa’d
PAGES: 411 pages
abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Sa’d is one of the greatest authorities on Muslim biography. His collection, the Kitab at-Tabagat al-Kabir, is one of the most important and earliest surviving biographical collection of narrations. Ibn Sa’d was born in 148 / 764 in Basra, and died in 230 / 845. He moved to ‘Baghdad where he studied under various people, especially Muhammad ibn ‘Umar al-Waqidi. He also visited Kufa and Madina in the course of his quest for knowledge. Many authorities have testified to his reliability.
The Men of Madina – Volume 2 is the translation of Volume 5 of the Kitab at-Tabagat al-Kabir of Ibn Sa’d which concentrates on the Tabi’un, the generation after the companions, who lived in Madina itself, may Allah be pleased with all of them and have mercy on them. The study of Madina in this early period assumes great importance since it is well known that the first three generations after the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, are considered to be the best generations, and the school of the people of Madina was known to be the soundest of schools. This was because the people of Madina confined themselves to following in the footsteps of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, more than the people of any other region did.