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Al-Darimi (181 A.H - 255 A.H) was an important Muslim scholar and Imam. His most influential and best known works are Sunan al-Darimi a book collection of hadith.
Name & Lineage
Abu Muhammad Abdullah Bin Abdur Rahman Bin Fadhl Bin Bahraan Bin Abdus Samad At Tamimi Ad Darimi As Samarqandi, commonly known as Imam Darimi, came from the family tribe of Banu Darim Bin Maalik Bin Hanzalah Bin Zaid Bin Manah Bin Tamim. He is also known as Imam Tamimi, in relation to Tamim Bin Murrah, who was amongst the ancestor of Banu Darim.
Still again, he is called Imam Samarqandi, the name deriving from the city of Samarqand, which produced many Islamic scholars, like himself.
Imam Darimi was born on 181 A.H., as is admitted by him ‘I was born on the same year in which Imam Abdullah Bin Mubarak had died. And Abdullah Bin Mubarak died in 181 A.H.’.
His Knowledge & Travels
Biographers of Imam Darimi have not written much in detail of his acquiring of knowledge in the early stages of his life, and the same is for the details of his extensive travels for knowledge. Though it is mentioned that he was amongst the ones who frequently traveled to many places for knowledge and collecting of Aahadith (Plural of Hadith). He was a great memorizer, trusted, truthful, pious, righteous, orderly and perfecting person.
Imam Darimi was a student of many expert scholars of his time, in Hadith and Fiqh.
- At Tafsir ud Darimi - Imam Zahbi mentioned the work in Seer Aalaam un Nubalaa though its lost now, unless discovered!
- Al Jaamie - Khateeb Al Baghdadi has mentioned this in his Tarikh ul Baghdad.
- (Lubbul Lubaab – Volume 1 – Page 308)
- (Al Ansaab – Volume 1 – Page 478)
- (Tahzibul Kamaal – Volume 15 – Page 216)
- (Seer Aalaam un Nubalaa - Volume 12 - Page 228)
- (Tarikh ul Baghdad - Volume 10 - Page 29)