The Beginning of the Quest for the High Esteem of the Messenger
Imam Izz ibn Abd al-Salaam
Bidayat as-Sul Fi Tafdil Ar-Rasul
This is a concise work summarising succinctly forty distinctive virtues and characteristics of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.
The book's audience would have been the scholarly community of the Imam's time, a readership that did not require a great deal of commentary to understand the meanings to which he was alluding. However, in our times, it is helpful to provide the supporting texts from the Qur'an and hadith to elucidate the meaning and provide the context. These the publishers have provided in extensive footnotes.
Imām Izz ibn 'Abd al-Salām, known by many as the Sultan of Scholars, produced a number of brilliant works in Shāfi'i juris prudence, Qur'ānic exegesis, methodological fundamentals of Sacred Law, formal legal opinion, government, and Sufism, and a masterpiece of Islamic legal principles, Qawa'id al-Ahkām fi Maşālih al-Anām [The Bases of Legal Rulings in the Interests of Man kind).