Abdul Qader Arnaoot

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Abdul-Qader Arnaout, (Arabic: عبد القادر الأرناؤوط‎) (also Abdul Qadir al-Arna'ut, Arnaut, Abdul-Kader Arnauti, and other variants) born Kadri Sokoli (1928–2004) was an Islamic scholar of Albanian origin,[1][not in citation given] of the 20th century; he specialised in the fields of hadith and fiqh.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Abdul Qader was born into a poor family in the town of Vrela in Kosovo in 1347 AH/1928.[citation needed] Because of the Serbian oppression against the Albanians, his family emigrated (he was at the age of three) to Damascus where he started to learn Arabic and the Islamic science.[citation needed]

Hadith scholar[edit]

Arnaoot received his initial religious training with Hanafi scholars, before breaking with them to continue his quest for knowledge through self-teaching.[2] He delivered lectures in institutions mainly in Damascus[citation needed] and later in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and his original country Albania when the Communist era elapsed.[citation needed] Among his students was Hassan al-Kattani, who learned Hadith studies from Arnaoot.[3]

Relationship with the Syrian government[edit]

The Ba'ath government banned Arnaoot from giving lectures and teaching.[4]

Despite Syrian authority's intimidation, Arnaoot served as a full-time lecturer and Head of Hadith during the 1980s and 1990s at Jami' Az-Zahraa College[citation needed], Mazzah Jabal Damascus, where he taught graduates from all over the world[citation needed], including the African cleric Abu-Abdullah Adelabu (Ph. D. Damascus).[citation needed]

Arnaoot died in 2004 in Damascus under quasi-house arrest and without leaving a successor.[5] His son Mahmoud Abdul- Qader Arnaoot has returned to Kosovo where he is giving lectures in significant mosques of Kosovo.[citation needed]

Notable publications[edit]

Arnaoot completed a number of works including the following:

  • Jâmi' al-Usûl of Ibn Athir (encyclopaedic work)
  • Al-Wajeez (A Brief Summary of the Early Muslim Generations Belief)
  • The Virtues of the Qur'an
  • Zâd al-Masîr fî 'Ilm at-Tafsîr (Provision of the Journey) by Abu-al-Faraj Ibn Al-Jawzi - 9 volumes
  • Rreadatul Taibin - 12 volumes
  • Zad al-Ma'ad of Ibn Qayyim - 6 volumes
  • al-Adhkâr by Nawawi
  • El Furkan[6]
  • al-Kâfi by Muwaffaq ud-Dîn al-Maqdisi - 3 volumes

Some of that work was a group work with other famous scholars such as Mishkât al-Masâbîh which was a shared work with Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, and Zad al-Ma'ad which was a shared work with Shu'ayb al-Arna'ut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wordaz.com/index.php?search=Arnaout
  2. ^ Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution, p 106. ISBN 1107026415
  3. ^ Cordoba Academy Faculty, © 2012 Cordoba Academy. Accessed February 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution, p 108. ISBN 1107026415
  5. ^ Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution, p 108. ISBN 1107026415
  6. ^ iiu.edu.my