In his introduction to Sharh Al-’Aqeedah At-Tahaawiyyah (pages 17-19) with checking from Shaikh Al-Albaanee and Al-’Aqeedah At-Tahaawiyyah, the author Zuhayr Shaweesh provides a glowing tribute to Tahaawee:

He was the Imam, the Muhaddith, the Faqeeh, the Haafidh, the noble Scholar, Abu Ja’far Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Salaamah Ibn Salama ‘Abdil-Malik Ibn Salama Al-Azdee At-Tahaawee…He was educated under many shuyookh, whom he took knowledge and benefited from. He had more than three hundred teachers. He would spend lots of time with those scholars that came to visit Egypt from different parts of the world, such that he would add to his knowledge what knowledge they had. This shows you the extent of the concern he had for benefiting from the scholars, as well as the intense eagerness he had for acquiring knowledge. Many scholars praised him and described him as being reliable, trustworthy, a Faqeeh, intelligent, a good memorizer and a pious worshipper. He had a high proficiency in fiqh and Hadeeth. Ibn Yoonus said: “At-Tahaawee was reliable, trustworthy, a Faqeeh, intelligent, the likes of whom did not come afterward.”

Imam Adh-Dhahabee said in his At-Taareekh al-Kabeer:

“He was the Faqeeh, the Muhaddith, the Haafidh, one of the elite personalities, and he was reliable, trustworthy, knowledgeable of fiqh and intelligent.”

Ibn Kathir records the following:

“Ahamd bin Muhammad bin Salmah bin Abdul Malik Abu Jafar Tahawi has been referred to Tahawi for belonging to a village in Egypt. He owns Fiqh, benefitial books and pricey benefits. He is Thiqa Thabt in narrating Hadeeh and one of the exalted Huffaaz in Hadeeth… Ibn Khalkan in his book Wafiyat has stated under the discussion of Tahawi that the reason for abandoning the madhab of his maternal uncle Mazni Shafi’ee and accepting the madhab of Imam Abu Hanifa was that one day his uncle said to him in anger: ‘By Allah, you will not be able to attain anything’ which made him furious and hence he left his studentship and adopted the studentship of Abu Jafar bin Abi Imran Hanafi to the extent that he became too eligible and became more learned than all other scholars of era and he wrote plenty of books which includes Ahkam al Quran, Ikhtilaf al Ulema, Maini al Asaar and Al-Tareekh al-Kabeer. There was also a continuous book on the topic of conditions of Hadeeth. He had taken a lead in this field from all other scholars of his era…”
Al Bidayah Wal Nihayah (Urdu), Volume 11 page 421 ‘Year 321’


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