Manifestations of Truth : Translation and Detailed Explanation of Mishkaat al-Masaabih , Mazahir Haq
The Mishkat has enjoyed wide popularity in the world of Islamic learning Since 516 AH when it was first compiled by Waliuddin Abu Abdullah Mahmud Al-Tabrizi. Mishkat al-Masabih which means 'A Niche for Lamps' is an expanded version of Masabih al-Sunnah by Abu Muammad ibn Abdullah Khatib Al-Tabrizi (d. 741H) who was known as Muhyi As-Sunnah (Reviver of the Sunnah). Al-Tabrizi added to it the chains of transmission, the narrators and the authenticity of the Hadith. Thus making it more beneficial to those not having an advanced knowledge of the science of hadith. This book contains between 4434 or 5945 hadiths, divided in to 29 books and is considered by Sunni Scholars an important writing. Al Tabrizi added 1511 hadiths to the hadith contained in the collection Masabih al Sunnah. Al Baghawi (who had collected the hadith named by Masabih al Sunnah) classified many hadiths as authentic when at times Al Tabrizi didn't agree. Al Tabrizi expounded on the labels, he placed on the hadith and reclassified many of them. He added a third section to Misbah al Sunnah which was already divided in two parts by Al Baghawi. Al Baghawi did not mention Isnad of Hadiths he collected, Al Tabrizi mentions the sources from where the hadith is originally found making the text more reliable. ?Most of the Hadith are from the Sahih Sitta. (The Six Authentic Hadith Books).