Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi
|Born||1146 CE/541 AH|
|Died||1203 CE/600 AH |
|Resting place||Al-Qurafah cemetery|
|Era||Islamic golden age|
|Notable work(s)||Umdat al-Ahkam|
He was al-Imam al-Hafidh Abu Muhammad Abdul-Ghani ibn Abdul-Wahid al-Jammaʻili al-Maqdisi al-Hanbali.
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.
He is the author of many famous works, including:
- al-Kamal fi Asma' al-Rijal 
- Umdat al-Ahkam 
- Manaqib al-Sahabah
- al-Misbah fi Oyoun al-Hadith al-Sihah
- Mihnah Imam al-Ahmad
- al-fi Nasiha Adi'yah al-Sahiha
- USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts
- Hadith Bibliography
- Ibn al-Jawzi: A Lifetime of Da'wah
- Abdul-Ghani al-Maqdisi (muslimscholars.info)