Abdullah ibn Mubarak

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‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (Arabic: عبد الله بن مبارك) Born 118 AH (After Hijri) / 726 CE,[1] during the reign of Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik. ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak was an Islamic scholar, muhaddith, known for his memory and zeal for knowledge. He earned the title Amir al-Mu'minin fi al-Hadith.

Family[edit]

His father, named Mubarak, was as a slave from Khurasan owned by a trader from the Banu Handhala tribe.[2][3] Mubarak later married Hind, the trader's daughter.

Early life[edit]

It is said that ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak left his hometown of Merv

Reputation with non-Muslims[edit]

Dr. Aidh al-Qarni records in his magnum opus La Tahzan (Don't Be Sad) that

Ibn Mubarak's neighbor was a Jew. He would always feed him before feeding his own children and would provide clothing for him first and then for his children. Some people said to the Jew, "Sell us your house." He answered, "My house is for two thousand dinars. One thousand is for the price of the house and one thousand is for having Ibn Mubarak as a neighbor!"[4]

Seeking knowledge[edit]

Imam Ahmad said about Abdullah ibn Mubarak that there was no one more eager to travel for seeking knowledge then him. His teachers included Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik.

Works[edit]

  • Kitab Al-Jihad - a collection of hadith and sayings of the early Muslims on war.
  • Kitab Al-Zuhd wal Raqa’iq - a book on asceticism.

Military expeditions[edit]

He was known for Ribat defending Islamic borders on the frontiers of Tarsus and al-Massisah and fighting against the Romans.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ibn Hajr, Tahdhib al-Tahdhib (5/386). 
  2. ^ Al-Khatib, Tarikh Baghdad. 
  3. ^ Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam al-Nubala’. 
  4. ^ Al-Qarni, La Tahzan (p. 123).