Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi

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Muslim scholar
Abdul-Ghani al-Maqdisi
al-Maqdisi handwriting
Title Taqi ad-Din
Born 1146 CE/541 AH
Died 1203 CE/600 AH [1]
Resting place Al-Qurafah cemetery
Ethnicity Arab
Era Islamic golden age
Region Ash-Sham
Jurisprudence Hanbali
Creed Sunni
Main interest(s) Hadith
Notable work(s)

al-Kamal fi ma`rifat al-rijal[2][3]

and Umdat al-Ahkam[3]

ʻAbd al-Ghanī ibn ʻAbd al-Wāḥid al-Jammāʻīlī al-Maqdisi (Arabic: عبدالغاني المقديسي‎) is a classical Sunni Islamic scholar and a prominent Hadith master.[3]

Full name[edit]

He was al-Imam al-Hafidh Abu Muhammad Abdul-Ghani ibn Abdul-Wahid al-Jammaʻili al-Maqdisi al-Hanbali.


Early life[edit]

al-Imam al-Hafidh Abu Muhammad Abdul-Ghani ibn Abdul-Wahid al-Maqdisi al-Hanbali was born in the year 541 AH in the village of Jummail, in Palestine. While still in his infancy, his family migrated to Damascus where he began to seek knowledge alongside his cousin the famous Hanbali jurist Ibn Qudamah. He studied at the hands of renowned scholars in Damascus; many of them were from his own extended family. He was the first person to establish a school on the Qasyoon Mountain in Damascus and this area soon became synonymous with the pious, so much so that it was given the name Salihiya or 'area of piety', a name still used for this area till today.

He traveled thoroughly throughout the Muslim World and visited Alexandria, Isfahan, Jerusalem, Ba'albak, Cairo, Hamazan and Baghdad studying the Sacred Sciences with many scholars including Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.

Some of the most famous teachers that he studied with were:

  • Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani
  • Shaykh Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi
  • Hibatullah Shaykh ibn al-Hasan al-Daqaq
  • Shaykh Abu Musa al-Madaini
  • Shaykh Abul Fath al-Kharqi
  • Shaykh Abul Fadl al-Tusi


He died on 23rd of Rabi al-Awwal 600 AH while in the company of his family, leaving behind three sons all of whom were scholars.[4]


He is the author of many famous works, including:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts
  2. ^ a b Hadith Bibliography
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ibn al-Jawzi: A Lifetime of Da'wah
  4. ^ Abdul-Ghani al-Maqdisi (muslimscholars.info)