It's a valid question, and we hope to share some insight into what we've worked on.
Annotations: Aesthetics aside, it's the first fully annotated edition of the Shama'il in English. We're happy to report that there are nearly 1000 notes throughout the text explaining and contextualising every hadith.
Printing: Every detail you see in this work was chosen with purpose. The choice of how, where, and on what we printed on are no exception. Some of our choices include:
- Hardback only
- Each page is in full colour printed on high-quality glossy 115gsm paper
- Gilded golden edges
- Illuminating gold ink on every page throughout the book (more on this in the future)
- and more...
Sources: Taking from our rich tradition and making it available in English for the first time ever.
This translation is based on Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwama’s edition of al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya, Imam Ibrahim ibn Muhammad al-Bajuri’s (d. 1277 ah) magisterial commentary on the Shama’il.
The works consulted in this translation and its commentary include, but are not limited to:
- Jama’ al-Wasa’il fi Sharh al-Shama’il, by Mulla ‘Ali ibn Sultan al-Qari (d. 1014 ah)
- Sharh al-Shama’il li al-Tirmidhi, by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ra’uf ibn ‘Ali al-Munawi (d. 1031 ah)
- Ashraf al-Wasa’il fi Sharh al-Shama’il, by Imam Ahmad ibn Hajar al-Haytami (d. 973 ah)
- Al-Fawa’id al-Bahiyya ‘ala al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyya, by Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Qasim Jasus (d. 1200 ah)
- Sharh al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya, by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Baqi al-Zurqani (d. 1122 ah)
- Al-Khasa’is al-Kubra, by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 ah)
- Rawd al-Unuf, by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Suhayli (d. 581 ah)
- Al-Sira al-Halabiyya, by Shaykh ‘Ali ibn Ibrahim al-Halabi (d. 1044 ah)
- Al-‘Ujala al-Saniyya ‘ala Alfiyya al-Sira al-Nabawiyya, by al-Hafiz Zayn al-Din al-‘Iraqi (d. 806 ah)
- Al-Shifa bi Ta’rif Huquq al-Mustafa, by Qadi ‘Iyad al-Yahsubi (d. 544 ah)
- Subul al-Huda wa al-Rashad, by Imam Muhammad ibn Yusuf al-Salihi al-Shami (d. 942 ah)
- Fath al-Bari, by al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (d. 852 ah)
- Al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya, by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Qastalani (d. 923 ah)
- Bughyat al-Ra’id, by Qadi ‘Iyad al-Yahsubi (d. 544 ah)
- Zad al-Ma’ad, by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d. 751 ah)
- Al-Tibb al-Nabawi, by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 ah)
- Zahr al-Khama’il ‘ala al-Shama’il, by Imam Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 ah)
- Al-Taratib al-Idariyya, by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ja’far al-Kattani (d. 1345 ah)
- Muntaha al-Sul, by Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Lahji (d. 1410 ah)