On this day, 2 February 1449 CE (8 Dhu al-Hijjah 852 AH), noted Islamic scholar and polymath, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani died in Cairo. He is best known for his massive work Fath al-Bari fi Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, a multi-volume commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari. It is considered to be the most important commentary on this collection.
Ibn Hajar’s family originated in the district of Qabis in Tunisia. Some members of his family had settled in Ashqelon (or Ashkelon or ʿAsqalān), Palestine, which they left again when faced with the Crusader threat.
He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1372 CE (773 Hijri) during the rule of
Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt. His father, Nur al-Din ‘Ali, was a Shafi‘i scholar and a poet. When Ibn Hajar died, an estimated 50,000 people attended his funeral in Cairo, including Sultan Sayf ad-Din Jaqmaq (1373-1453 CE) and Caliph of Cairo Al-Mustakfi II (r. 1441-1451 CE).
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