Nukhbat al-Fikr

Part of the Hadith Series


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Dates & Time

Date: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of May 2014

Time: 10am - 4:30pm

Course Format

Segregated facilities for brothers and sisters (Video Projection and Audio will be available for sisters)

Live online audio stream available for Distance Learners on virtual classroom **

Course Materials

A course handbook will be provided


Ijazas will be granted to those who request it at the registration stage and attend all the sessions ensuring strict punctuality. Please note the Ijazas with their respective Asanid are only for transmitting the Nukhbat al-Fikr of al-Hafidh Ibn Hajar al 'Asqalani.


Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Chicken biryani and water provided for lunch, please contact us in advance us if you have any allergies that we need to be aware of.


Standard Admission: £25

Online Learner: £15

Please note we operate a no refund policy on all courses offered.

** For all the brothers and sisters who live far away and cannot attend in person, we have made online provision so you can take benefit from this course interactively. Live audio will be streamed via a online virtual classroom (WizIQ). Learners can ask questions to Shaykh directly via a built-in chat function and also have the same privilage in requesting Ijaza for the course with condition of full attendance and strict punctuality.

Venue and Directions

The Shade Centre
Unit 1 Church Rd Studios
62 Church Road
E12 6AF

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The work

Nukhbat al-Fikr

Imam ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's Nukhbatul Fikr is a primary text that is commonly used to introduce an individual to the Science of Hadith (Ulum al-Hadith) and the major terminology (Mustalah) associated with it. In effect it is a summary of the larger works preceding his time on how to understand the detailed rudiments to this nomenclature and its systematic application.

This introductory text covers the types of chains of transmission (asanid), types of acceptable narrations (maqbul) and the types of rejected narrations (mardud). Additionally, the course intends to add further material on how to consolidate knowledge after mastering the fundamentals. All of this will be delivered in a systematic manner with practical examples as and when needed over the sessions.

The author

Imam Abul Fadl Ahmed Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

He was the greatest Hafiz of Hadith in his era and was born in the year 773 AH (1372 CE) in Cairo, Egypt. His scholarly services were a huge asset to Hadith literature and he attained the title of Amir al-Mu'minin fil Hadith (Leader of the believers in Hadith) which was a title attained by very few Hadith Masters in earlier times. He belonged to the Shafi'i Madhhab and was an Ash'ari in creed (aqida) by his own admission in a unique pattern chained narration (musalsal). He is most famous for his commentary to al-Bukhari's Sahih, under the title of Fath al-Bari bi-Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari (The Victory of the Creator: A commentary to the Sahih of Bukhari), which was rivalled in many respects by his contemporary, the Hanafi Imam and Hafiz, Badrud-Din al-Ayni (d. 855 AH) in his commentary to the Sahih known as Umdat al-Qari. Besides this monumental commentary he compiled famous titles like: Tahdhib al-Tahdhib in summary of al-Hafiz al-Mizzi's Tahdhib al-Kamal, which he then summarised into his Taqrib al-Tahdhib. Other works include: Lisan al-Mizan in supplement to al-Hafiz al-Dhahabi's Mizan al-I'tidal, Tagliq al-Ta'liq ala Sahih al-Bukhari, al-Isaba fi tamyiz al-Sahaba, Durar al-Kamina, al-Diraya fi takhrij ahadith al-Hidaya, Talkhis al-Habir, al-Ta'rif ahl al-Taqdis, al-Ithar, Tabaqat al-Mudallisin, Ta'jil al-Manfa'a - all of which have been printed. In total he wrote over 150 works. He had numerous disciples from all four Sunni Madhhabs (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali). Two Shafi'i scholars who became famous in their own right were al-Hafiz al-Sakhawi, and al-Hafiz Zakariyya al-Ansari; and amongst ibn Hajar's famous Hanafi disciples were: Shaykh Kamalud-Din ibn al-Humam and al-Hafiz Qasim ibn Qutlubugha. Imam ibn Hajar died in Cairo in the year 852 AH (1449 CE). Rahimahullah.

The teacher

Shaykh Dr. Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed is a resident of the UK who initially studied the Islamic Sciences for more than 5 years under the late Muhaddith and Hanafi Faqih, Shaykh Abdal Haleem (d. 2004).

He studied Arabic with the Egyptian linguist, Dr Muhammad Fathy.

He has also received various forms of classical warrants of authorisation known as Ijaza from more than 100 learned scholars of various Muslim lands:

From Syria:

The Hanafi faqih and aqida specialist, Shaykh Wahbi ibn Sulayman Ghawiji al-Albani (died on February 21st 2013 aged 90), The Aqida specialist, Shaykh Adib Kallas (d.2009 aged 89), The Hanafi faqih and Qari, Shaykh Abdar Razzaq al-Halabi (d. 2012 aged 87), The Mufti of Halab, Dr Ibrahim al-Salkini (died in 2011), Shaykh Ahmed al-Habbal (d. 2009 aged over 100) and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish al-Khatib (d. 2011 aged over 100). Amongst his living Shuyukh are the Muhaddith of Syria, Dr. Nurud-Din Itr and Shaykh Muhammad Fu’ad Taha (aged over 100).

From Lebanon:

The late Shafi' Muhaddith, Shaykh Hussain Usayran (d. 2005 aged 94) of Beirut and the latters pupil, the Muhaddith, Dr Yusuf al-Mar'ashali.

From Morocco: Shaykh Tihami ibn Muhammad al-Wazzani (d. 2009, aged 138 Hijri years), the late female Muhadditha, Sharifa Nafisa al-Kattaniyya (d. 2006), Shaykh Hasan al-Isma'ili (d. 1430 AH, aged 125), Shaykh Abdar Rahman al-Kattani who is the son of the Hafiz of his age, Abdal Hayy al-Kattani. Shaykh Hasan al-Ghumari and Dr Muhammad Hamza al-Kattani.

From the Hijaz (Makka and Madina)

Shaykh Malik ibn Umar ibn Hamdan al-Mahrasi, Shaykh Muhammad Nadir al-Arkani al-Makki (died aged over 130 in 2011), the late Burmese Musnid in Hadith, Shaykh Salih al-Arkani, the foremost Muhaddith of Madina, Muhammad Awwama.

From Jerusalem:

Shaykh Dr. Ali al-Abbasi - Imam of Masjid al-Aqsa who leads Fajr & Isha Salah.

From Yemen:

Shaykh Abdar Rahman al-Hibshi (b. 1314 AH and still alive in 1434 AH, aged around 120) and al-Qadi Mustafa Bounmi (b. 1338 AH).

From Jordan:

Shaykh Yusuf Utum (born in 1890/1307 AH, currently aged 123) and Shaykh Shuayb al-Arna’ut (b. 1928 )

From Egypt:

Shaykh Usama al-Taydi al-Hanafi and Shaykh Awad Ibrahim al-Azhari aged over 100

From Tunisia: The late grand Mufti of Tunisia, Shaykh Kamal Ju'ayt (d. 2012 aged 90)

From India: Shaykh Nasir Ahmed (b. 1335 AH), Sayyid Salman al-Hussaini and the late Shaykh Ahmed Ali al-Surati who lived in Leicester and died in 2011 aged around 95.

From Bangladesh: the late Shaykh and his paternal grandfathers younger brother, Muhammad Asaddar Ali (d. 2005 aged over 100), Shaykh Abdus Subhan al-Sunamgonji and Shaykh Ahmed Shafi'i.

The shortest chain he possesses back to al-Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852 AH) is from a stupendously short 6 links (via Ijaza li ahl al-Asr) only, from the late Hanafi Shaykh, Kamil ibn Yasin al-Kalabadhi.

On the secular front he has qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Chemistry attaining first position in his class with a subsequent Doctorate in the same field. He has also worked as a Researcher in the Chemical industry. In his spare time he compiles various Islamic articles for mainly internet distribution. Of the largest two works he has written are one in defence of 20 rak’ats of Taraweeh exceeding 300 pages and his latest piece is regarding the authenticity of a narration from Malik al-Dar describing a certain event that occurred during a drought in the time of the second caliph, Umar ibn al Khattab (ra) in more than 200 pages.

Currently, he is working on writing a bulky work on the matter of where the hands should be placed in Salah with an analysis of practically all known narrations on this specific matter. This work will by Allah’s decree also show some rare narrations that have not been quoted by most of the Muhaddithin of the past and have been discovered by means of painstakingly collecting rare Arabic manuscripts from some Muslim lands. In this regard, he is also a collector of Arabic manuscripts and to date holds more than 5000 from all over the world.

Many of his articles and books are due to be published for free distribution on a new website known as


Nukhbat al Fikr Manuscript

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a Ijaza granted to those who attend all the sesions?

An Ijaza will be granted to those who request it on the online registration page and attend all the sessions ensuring strict punctuality.

The Ijaza will contain the Asanid (Chains of Transmission) from Shaykh Abul Hasan Hussain Ahmed back to al-Imam Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani's Nukhbat al Fikr, with permission to transmit the text.

Is there any concession available for anyone who is financially struggling?

Yes there is, please contact us with your specific situation and a waiver/discounted rate will be applied at the enrolment stage for you inshaAllah, depending on individual circumstances.

We want everyone to benefit from sacred knowledge that have been entrusted onto our noble scholars, to be imparted to the many masses of believers. We therefore will ensure financial problems don't get in the way of learners attaining such knowledge.


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** For all the brothers and sisters who live far away and cannot attend in person, we have made online provision so you can take benefit from this course interactively. Live audio will be streamed via a online virtual classroom (WizIQ). Learners can ask questions to Shaykh directly via a built-in chat function and also have the same privilage in requesting Ijaza for the course with condition of full attendance and strict punctuality.

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