بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء و سيد المرسلين سيدنا محمد وعلى آله الطاهرين واصحابه اجمعين ومن تبعهم إلى يوم الدين
Assalamu alaykum. This is my first blog post, and I don’t care much for introductions (or, rather, I’m just not good at writing them), so I’ll just dive right into a post.
I would like to make people aware of some great opportunities to study aḥādīth live online with explanation (sharḥ) from qualified shuyūkh and the opportunity to ask questions. This is especially important for those who do not have access to such classes locally.
I cannot recommend enough the live, online classes at Cordoba Academy on various works of aḥādīth. Shaykh Mohammed Daniel حفظه الله is a true muḥaddith who has the highest (i.e. shortest) sanad in the world in many works of ḥadīth. He has traveled the world over in search of the high isnād and the words of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم like the muḥaddithīn of old. He is a hidden gem and his knowledge is expansive, mā shā’ Allāh. These classes are live with a good amount of interaction with the shaykh. Ijāzah is granted to students who attend every session and hear every ḥadīth (and students are often asked to recite aḥādīth as well). To get a taste of some topics the classes cover, take a look at the various forums as well as the individual course pages on the site. The texts covered at Cordoba Academy include Al-Shamā’il al-Muḥammadīyah wa al-Khaṣā’il al-Muṣṭafawīyah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم (commonly known as Al-Shamā’il al-Tirmidhī), Al-Adab al-Mufrad of Imām al-Bukhārī, Nukhbah al-Fikr fī Muṣṭalaḥ Ahl al-Athar of Imām Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī in muṣṭalaḥ al-ḥadīth, ʿUmdah al-Aḥkām min Kalām Khayr al-Anʿām صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم of Ḥāfiẓ ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Maqdisī which is the basic primer in the field of ḥadīth covering areas of aḥkām, among other works. I can very much recommend the course on Al-Shamā’il al-Tirmidhī; it is excellent, detailed, and really helps one to know and love our beloved Sayyidunā Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. For a student of knowledge or one who aspires to be, I would definitely suggest taking the course on Nukhbah al-Fikr—there are not too many chances to study muṣṭalaḥ al-ḥadīth in-depth with a true muḥaddith while having the opportunity to ask questions along the way without going abroad.
A free, weekly, live, online class that just started recently which is offered through SeekersGuidance is a study of the entire text of a mukhtaṣar of Imām al-Bukhārī’s Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaḥīḥ entitled Jamʿ al-Nihāyah fī Bad’ al-Khayr wa al-Ghāyah (available in Arabic here [manuscript pdf scan] or here [Word doc]). This mukhtaṣar is extremely short, and contains only around 300 aḥādīth, a far cry from the 4,000 plus (without repetition) aḥādīth contained within the Ṣaḥīḥ. The author of this mukhtaṣar is Imām ʿAbd Allāh ibn Saʿd ibn Abī Jamrah al-Azdī al-Andalūsī al-Mālikī رحمه الله, popularly known as Ibn Abī Jamrah. Imām Ibn Abī Jamrah wrote a well-known commentary on his mukhtaṣar entitled Bahjah al-Nufūs (available in Arabic here [pdf scan]). This class is being conducted by Shaykh Walead Mosaad حفظه الله, who will be explaining each ḥadīth’s apparent meaning as well as the deeper meaning, drawing on the author’s own commentary, as well as that of Imām Ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī رحمة الله عليه in his magnum opus Fatḥ al-Bārī fī sharḥ Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, and a 12th century Azharī scholar (Muhammad al-Shanawani, who was Shaykh al-Azhar from 1812 to 1818 AD). It is held every Thursday. Please view the details of this class and how to register here. You can view the collaborative notes from the first session (11/03/11) here. The recordings should be made available at a future date, in shā’ Allāh. I thought these classes were really excellent when I took them previously (covering about 30 or so of the aḥādīth) with Online Halaqa. Aspects of aḥādīth that you would never even think of were covered.
At SeekersHub, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani حفظه الله is teaching a weekly live dars on Al-Muwaṭṭa’ of Imām Dār al-Hijrah Mālik ibn Anas رضي عنه every Saturday at 1030-1130 EST, which also started very recently. This class will go through every ḥadīth in the collection, with some commentary from Awjaz al-Masālik ilā Muwaṭṭa’ Mālik, which is a sharḥ by Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad Yaḥyā ibn Muḥammad Ismāʿīl al-Kandhlawī رحمه الله (1310-1402 H / 1898-1982 AD), the great scholar and muḥaddith of recent times. Students may ask questions during the dars. You can view the details for the class (and other excellent free classes) here. Previous lesson recordings, course texts, and a forum for questions and discussions are available if you register for free by emailing abdullatif [at] seekersguidance.org. May Allah تعالى reward abundantly Shaykh Faraz and everyone else involved with SeekersGuidance for making this ʿilm easily available and without cost. Amīn.
And of course, there is the ongoing study by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq حفظه الله of a well-known mukhtaṣar of Imām al-Bukhārī’s Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaḥīḥ entitled Al-Tajrīd al-Ṣarīḥ li Aḥādīth al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaḥīḥ (of which there is an English translation published by Darussalam available at most any Islamic bookstore; the Arabic text is readily available online and in print). This abridgment of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī was authored by Imām Zayn al-Dīn Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Zubaydī رحمه الله (sometimes read al-Zabīdī). These sessions cover the ḥadīth in regards to its context, fiqhī applications according to the different madhāhib, lessons we can apply from it, and much more. The dars occurs every Friday and a free live stream can be accessed here. Older and ongoing sessions may be purchased from Al-Kawthar Academy; they have various subscription podcast and download options. Some students of this class put up their notes online, such as the Bukhari Dars Blog.
If anyone has anything to add to this post, such as other ongoing classes covering works of aḥādīth, please post a comment. In terms of recorded lectures, there is a great wealth of material on the internet. In shā’ Allāh I will follow up with a post on some of these series of lectures covering at least a significant portion of a compilation of ḥadīth (and not those that cover only a few aḥādīth, etc).
May Allah سبحانه وتعالى allow us to benefit through the study of the words of His Messenger, the Mercy to all mankind صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Amīn.