Summarized Biography of Shaykh Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan as-Salmān حفظه الله

His Name and Birth:
He is the Shaykh, the Salafī, the Atharī1, the Muḥaqqiq; Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan ibn Maḥmūd as-Salmān, and his Kunya is Abū ʿUbaydah. He was born in Palestine in 1380 AH, corresponding to 1960 CE.

His Upbringing:
He grew up in a house of Ḥuffāẓ and Dīn. Him & his family left Palestine in 1387 AH/1967 CE due to the war of the Jews and then settled in ʿAmmān, Jordan. Growing up in Jordan, he pursued his secondary education and enrolled in the Faculty of Sharīʿah in the year 1400 AH/1980 CE in the department of Fiqh and it’s origins.

During his studies, he read a great amount of al-Majmūʾ2 by Imām an-Nawawī, al-Mughnī by ibn Qudāmah, Tafsīr al-Qurʾān by Imām ibn Kathīr, Tafsīr al-Qurṭubī by Imām al-Qurṭubī, Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī by Imām al-Bukhārī with the explanation of al-Ḥāfiẓ ibn Ḥajar al-ʿAsqalānī (Fatḥ alBārī)Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim by Imām Muslim with the explanation of Imām an-Nawawī (al-Minhāj bi Sharḥ Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim), and other great works.

Influenced by a vast range of ʿUlamā & their works, this led to him following in their footsteps and the most impactful of them to him were Shaykh al-Islām ibn Taymīyyah رحمه الله (d. 728 AH/1328 CE) & his righteous disciple ibn Qayyim al-Jawzīyyah رحمه الله (d. 751 AH/1350 CE).

His Teachers:
He was greatly influenced by a number of his teachers & professors, whether it be those who he took from in Islāmic studies or in academic studies, and the most famous of them are:

  1. ash-Shaykh, al-Muḥaddith, Muḥammad Nāṣir ad-Dīn al-Albānī رحمه الله
  2. ash-Shaykh, al-Faqīh, Muṣṭafá Zarqā رحمه الله.

His Character & Personality:
Many scholars from various different parts of the world have acknowledged his vast knowledge and honorability, and he has accompanied the most noble of them such as Shaykh al-Albānī رحمه الله, Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ādam al-Ethiopī رحمه الله, Shaykh Waṣīullāh Abbās حفظه الله, al-Muftī ash-Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-ash-Shaykh حفظه الله, Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ar-Rayyis حفظه الله, Shaykh Saʾd ash-Shithrī حفظه الله, and the likes.

Scholars have said regarding him:

  • “I took all of these benefits from the research of our noble brother Mashhūr Ḥasan in his book al-Khilāfīyāt3.” – Shaykh al-Albānī رحمه الله (d. 1420 AH/1999 CE)
  • “To see this book (al-Muwāfaqāt)4 printed, checked and attended to in a manner that is befitting of it’s status…until Allāh facilitated this endeavour by His favour, at the hands of al-ʿAllāmah ash-Shaykh Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan as-Salmān.” – Shaykh Bakr Abū Zayd رحمه الله (d. 1429 AH/2008 CE)
  • “I also advise the students of knowledge in every country to benefit from those who are busy with knowledge amongst the people of knowledge of Ahl as-Sunnah in that country, like the students of al-Albānī in Jordan.” – Shaykh ʿAbd al-Muḥsin al-ʿAbbād al-Badr حفظه الله
  • Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādī al-Wādiʿī رحمه الله (d. 1422 AH/2001 CE) was asked, “Who are the scholars whom you advise the people to go back to, read their books, and listen to their tapes?”, he replied: “Amongst them is Shaykh Nāṣir ad-Dīn al-Albānī and his students…and the brother Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan.”

His Works:
He has authored many works which could be found in numerous bookstores across the world & also online, in which most of them are works of Taḥqīq, explanations, & annotations. A few of his works are:

  • Taʾliqāt al-Atharīyyah (التعليقات الأثرية)
  • al-Muʾtaqad (المعتقد)
  • al-Qawl al-Mubīn (القول المبين)
  • at-Tahdhīb al-Ḥasan (التهذيب الحسن)

and many more.

One of his finest contributions to Islāmic literature is his Taḥqīq on the 15 volume Sharḥ of Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim by Imām an-Nawawī, along with a few other scholars.5

May Allāh preserve Shaykh Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan as-Salmān & allow him to continue to be a benefit for the Ummah, Amīn.

All praise is due to Allāh, may His peace & blessings be upon our final Prophet Muḥammad, his family, his companions, & all those who follow him in guidance.

[Translated & extracted from the Shaykh’s official website, meshhoor.com]

Footnotes:

[1] Atharīyyah is a Madhhab within ʿAqīdah. As the name suggests, they base their ʿAqīdah around the narrations (Aḥādīth of The Prophet ﷺ & narrations of his Companions) upon their apparent meanings without delving into their how or distorting them.
[2] al-Majmūʾ Sharḥ al-Muhadhab (المجموع شرح المهذب) — consists of 22 volumes. It is an encyclopedia of Fiqh gathering the differences of the four Madhāhib.
[3] al-Khilāfīyāt (الخلأفيات): Compiled by Aḥmad ibn Ḥusayn al-Bayhaqī, who was from Bayhaq (present-day Sabzevār), Irān — consists of 3 volumes. It is a collection of Aḥādīth gathered by subject. Shaykh Mashhūr ibn Ḥasan as-Salmān did Taḥqīq on this work in the 1998 print of Dār aṣ-Ṣumayʾī.
[4] al-Muwāfaqāt (الموافقات): Authored by ʾIbrāhīm ibn Mūsá ash-Shāṭibī, who was from Granada, al-Andalus — consists of up to 7 volumes. It is a book of Uṣūl al-Fiqh.
[5] Printed by Dār al-Minhāj al-Qawīm.

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