Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali's Introduction (Part I)  

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Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali's

All Praise belongs to Allah who perfected the din for us and made the blessings on us complete and Who made our ummah - and to Allah belongs all praise - the best ummah. He sent among us a Messenger from ourselves reciting His āyāt to us, purifying us and teaching us the Book and the Wisdom. I praise Him for His many blessings. I witness that there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and this act of witnessing is the best protection for someone who seeks protection by it. I witness that Muhammad is His slave and His messenger whom He sent as a mercy to all creatures. He made it obligatory for him to explain what has been sent down to us, and so he elucidated all the important matters for us. He singled him out with concise comprehensive speech (jawāami' al-kalim) so that he often expressed separate pieces of wisdom and sciences in one phrase or in half a phrase. May Allah bless him and his companions with a blessing which will be a light for us all in every darkness, and may He grant him much peace.Allah, glorious and exalted is He, sent Muhammad (Allah bless him & give him peace) with concise comprehensive speech. He singled him out to receive astonishing wisdoms, as has been narrated in the two Sahih books (Sahih al Bukhari (7013) and Sahih Muslim (523)) from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) that he said, "I was sent with concise comprehensive speech." Az-Zuhri (may Allah have mercy on him) said, "Concise Comprehensive speech, according to that which has reached us, is that Allah, exalted is He, united many issues for him, which used to be written in books before him [separately] in one or two issues and so on."

Imam Ahmad (may Allah have mercy on him) narrated the hadith of Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said, "The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) came out to us one day and it was as if he were someone saying farewell. He said, 'I am Muhammad, the unlettered Prophet,' saying it three times, 'and there is no prophet after me. I have been given the first parts of speech and its conclusions and its comprehensive concision" (Musnad Imam Ahmad (2:172)) and he then mentioned the rest of the hadith.

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