Ibn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary, Volume 2

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Oriental translation fund of Great Britain and Ireland, 1843 - 616 pages
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Page 544 - I delight in testifying my profound respect for the sayings of the Apostle of God," was his explanation, " and I never repeat a tradition unless I feel myself in a state of perfect purity.
Page 546 - How should I not weep? and who has more reason to weep than I? Would to God that for every question decided by me according to my own opinion I had received so many stripes! then would my accounts be easier. Would to God I had never given any decision of my own...
Page 406 - Towards the close of his life, al-Jahiz had an attack of palsy, and one of his sides was so much inflamed, that he had to rub it with sandal-ointment and camphor, whilst the latter was so cold and benumbed, that, were it seized with pincers, it had been inseusible.
Page 638 - ... twenty of you persevere with constancy they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be one hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of those who believe not; because they are a people which do not understand.
Page 599 - The descent is intelligible ; the manner how is unknown ; the belief therein is obligatory, and the asking about it is a blamable innovation.
Page 633 - Pronounce not thy prayer aloud, neither pronounce it with too low a voice,' but follow a middle way between these : and say, Praise be unto GOD, who hath not begotten any child ; who hath no partner in the kingdom, nor hath any to protect him from contempt: and magnify him by proclaiming his greatness.
Page 226 - They who know me, know who I am, as for those who do not know me, I shall tell them : I am Ali ibn Isma'il al-Asha'ri, and I used to hold that the Koran was created, that the eyes (of men) shall not see God, and that we ourselves are the authors of our evil deeds ; now I have returned to the truth, I renounce these opinions and I take the engagement to refute the Mu'tazilites and expose their infamy and turpitude.
Page vi - The articles of the law, or, in other terms, the commandments and prohibitions of God, were then borne (not in books but) in the hearts of men, who knew that these maxims drew their origin from the Book of God and from the practice (sunnah) of the Prophet himself. The people, at that time, consisted of Arabs wholly ignorant of the mode by which learning is taught, of the art of composing works and of the means by which knowledge is enregistered; for to these points they had not hitherto directed...
Page 386 - All, generally known by the appellation of Ibn al-Farid and distniguished by the honorary title of al- Sharaf1 drew his descent from a family which inhabited Hamat, but he himself was born in Egypt, which was also the country of his residence, and that of his death. In his poetical works, of which the collection...
Page 633 - Koran, and hath not inserted therein any crookedness, but hath made it a straight rule : that he should threaten a grievous punishment unto the unbelievers from his presence ; and should bear good tidings unto the faithful, who work righteousness, that they...

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