The Book of Knowledge

Author: al-Imaam, al-Haafidh Abu Khaithama Zuhair Ibn Harb An-Nasaa’ee [Died 234H]

Source: Checking and Notes: Imaam Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaanee
Translator: Abu Maryam Isma’eel Alarcon

Published: Monday 27th July, 2015

A Brief Biography of the Author

He was Abu Khaithama Zuhair Ibn Harb Ibn Shadaad An-Nasaa’ee. [1] He was a great Haafidh, reliable in narration and firm in memory. He narrated hadeeth from many scholars, the likes of Sufyaan Ibn 'Uyainah, Hushaim Ibn Basheer, Yahyaa Ibn Sa'eed Al-Qattaan, 'Abd-ur-Rahmaan Ibn Mahdee and Wakee'.

Similarly, many scholars narrated from him, such as Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, the latter of whom reported so many hadeeth on his authority, that they number past a thousand. The scholars agree unanimously upon his reliability and trustworthiness (in the field of hadeeth).

Ibn Hibbaan (rahimahullaah) said of him:

"He was precise and accurate in memory. And he was one of the close companions of Ahmad and Yahyaa Ibn Ma'een."

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee (rahimahullaah) said:

"He was reliable, trustworthy, possessed good memory and he was precise (in narration)." [2]

He was born in the year 160H and died in the year 234H. May Allaah have mercy on him.


[1] This is an ascription to a city that was near Khuraasaan, called Nasaa. People from there attribute themselves to it with "Naswee" also.

[2] Taareekh Baghdaad (8/482).


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