in the Qur'an, Hadith, History
`Abd Allah b. `Abbas
[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, x149 (pg. 1052) ]
Ibn `Abbas (b3.2) is `Abdullah ibn `Abbas ibn `Abd al-Muttalib (Allah be well pleased with him), born three years before the Hijra (A.D 619) in Mecca. He was the cousin and Companion of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and kept his company during his lifetime, relating some 1,660 hadiths from him. Among the most knowledgeable of the Companions, much Koranic exegesis is also related from him, and the caliph `Umar used to call for Ibn `Abbas when he could not reach a conclusion on a particular legal question, telling him, "This and the likes of it are what you are for," and he would adopt Ibn Abbas's judge-ment on the matter without consulting anyone else. His memory was phenom-enal, and when the poet Ibn Abi Rabi` delivered an eighty-stanza ode in his pres-ence, Ibn `Abbas could recite it by heart upon hearing it the once. The scholar of the Muslims of his time, he was visited by many people seeking knowledge of the lawful and unlawful, poetry, Arabic, and geneology. He went blind in his later years and resided at Ta'if, where he died in 68/687 (al-A`lam (y136), 4.95).
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