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al-Tabarani, Sulayman b. Ahmad b. Ayyub, Abu al-Qasim al-Khami (al-Lakhami ?)
[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, x342 (a) (pp. 1100-1) ]
Tabarani (w32.1) is Sulayman ibn Ahmad ibn Ayyub ibn Mutayr, Abu al-Qasim al-Lakhami al-Tabarani, born in Acre, Palestine in 260/873. A great hadith master (hafiz) and Koranic commentator, he travelled to listen to hadith masters for sixteen years, to the Hijaz, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, Persia, and the Arabian Peninsula, meeting approximately a thousand sheikhs. He finally settled in Isfahan, Persia, where he related hadiths for sixty years, was visited by scholars from all parts of the Muslim world, and authored his three main hadith collections, the largest of which is his twenty-five-volume al-Mu`jam al-kabir [The major lexicon], called a "lexicon" because of the alphabetical arrangement of its narrators. When once asked how he acquired such a prodigious store of hadith knowledge, he answered, "By sleeping on reed mats for thirty years." He died in Isfahan in 360/971 (al-A`lam (y136), 3.121; Siyar a`lam al-nubala' (y37), 16.119-23; al-Targhib wa al-tarhib (y9), 1.21; and Sheikh Shu'ayb Arna'ut).
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