Ali al-Qari

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Ali al-Qari
Died AH 1014 (AD 1605)[1][2]
Era Medieval era
School Hanafi [2]

Nur ad-Din Abu al-Hasan Ali ibn Sultan Muhammad al-Hirawi al-Qari (Arabic: نور الدين أبو الحسن علي بن سلطان محمد الهروي القاري‎‎; d. 1605/1606), known as Mulla Ali al-Qari (ملا علي القاري) was an Islamic scholar.

He was born in Herat, where he received his basic Islamic education. Thereafter, he travelled to Makkah al-Mukarramah and studied under the scholar Shaykh Ahmad Ibn Hajar al-Haytami Makki, and al-Qari eventually decided to remain in Makkah al-Mukarramah where he taught, died and was buried.

He is considered in Hanafi circles [1] to be one of the masters of hadith and Imams of fiqh, Qur'anic commentary, language, history and tasawwuf. He was a hafiz (memorizer of the Koran) and a famous calligrapher who wrote a Koran every year.

Al-Qari wrote several books, including the commentary al-Mirqat on Mishkat al-Masabih in several volumes, a two-volume commentary on Qadi Ayyad's Ash-Shifa,[3] a commentary on the Shama'il al-Tirmidhi, and a two-volume commentary on Al-Ghazali's abridgment of the Ihya entitled `Ayn al-`ilm wa zayn al-hilm (The spring of knowledge and the adornment of understanding). He also wrote Tohfat al-A'ali Sharh bad' al-Amali, an exposition of Qasida Bad'ul Amali.[2][4]

His most popular work is a collection of prayers (dua), taken from the Koran and the Hadith, called Hizb-ul-Azam.[5] The collection is divided into seven chapters, giving one chapter for each day of the week. This work is sometimes found in a collection with the Dalail al-Khayrat.

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