Ibn Majah

Ibn Maja, full name Abu `Abdallah Muhammad ibn Yazid Ibn Majah al-Rab`i al-Qazwini, was a medieval scholar of hadith (the sayings of Muhammad). He compiled the last of Sunni Islam’s six canonical hadith collections, Sunan Ibn Majah.

Ibn Maja was born in Qazwin in modern-day Iranian province of Qazvin in 824 to a Persian family, clients (mawla) of the Arab tribe of Rabi`a ibn Nizar. His patronymic “Mâjah” means “month” in ancient Persian (corresponding to modern mâh), and may have been his father’s title, or his mother’s or grandmother’s name. At the age of 22, he left his hometown to travel the Islamic world; among the areas he visited were Kufa, Basra, Egypt, Sham (Syria), Baghdad, Rayy, Mecca, Medina, and Khorasan. He died in 887

After his travels, he wrote the Sunan Ibn Majah, recording 4,341 hadiths, of which 3,002 are recorded by the other five canonical hadith collectors; of the 1,339 hadith unique to him, 428 are graded sahih (authentic), while the remainder are considered less certain. According to Ibn Kathir, he also wrote a tafsir (commentary on the Qur’an) and a book on history, but neither survive. Other authors began to add him to the canonical five hadith collectors beginning in the 13th century.

May Allah (swt) be pleased with his immense contribution to Islam which allows us to learn more about our beloved role model Prophet (pbuh)