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Biographical Information on
Abu Nu`aym al-'Isfahani

Category: Biography
[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, x58 (pg. 1032) ]

Abu Nu`aym (w40.5) is Ahmad ibn `Abdullah ibn Ahmad, Abu Nu`aym al-Asbahani, born in Isfahan, Persia, in 336/948. He was a Shafi`i scholar, hadith master (hafiz), and historian, who was reliable in memory and transmission. He is perhaps most famous for his ten volume Hi!ya al-awliya' [The adornment of the saints], in which he records the lives and sayings of the early Muslims and friends of Allah (awliya'). He died in Isfahan in 430/1038 (al-A`lam (y136), 1.157; and Tabaqat al-Shafi`iyya al-kubra (y128), 4.18).

Reliability
[Al-`Ibar fi khabar man ghabar, al-Dhahabi, Shams al-Din Muhammad b. Ahmad b. `Uthman, Abu `Abd Allah, Kuwait: Matba`at Hukumat al-Kuwayt, 1960-61, events of year 430 ]
 
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Reliability
[al-Ghadir fi al-kitab wa'l-sunnah wa'l-adab, al-Amini, `Abd al-Husayn Ahmad al-Tabrizi al-Najafi, Beirut: Mu'assasat al-A`lami (11 vols), 1414 AH/1994 CE, vol. 1, p. 144 ]
 
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