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About the author
The author’s full name was Ahmad Ibrahim Muhammad al-Dimashqi al-Dumyati, commonly known as Ibn an-Nuhaas and he died in the Year 814 Hijri, corresponding to the Year 1411 of the Gregorian calendar.
Al-Sakhawi said about him:
“He was eager to do good, preferred living in obscurity and showed no arrogance or pride due to his knowledge. Whoever would see him would think that he was a commoner – a handsome man, with a beautiful beard, short and medium built. He spent most of his life stationed in Jihad until he died as a martyr.”
Ibn al-Imad said about him:
“The Sheikh, Imam, scholar and exemplar.”
In 814 Hijri the Romans attacked the people of Teenah in Egypt. The people of Dumyat, led by Ibn an-Nuhaas went to join their brothers in their fight against the invading forces. Ibn an-Nuhaas was killed in the battle, whilst facing the enemy and not fleeing from them, nine months after he completed writing this book.
About the book
Sheikh Abdullah Azzam said about this book: “This is the best book on Jihad.”
It is considered the most comprehensive study on the subject of Jihad because it was written by an author who practised, lived and experienced what he preached.
Syed Qutb said: “Indeed our words will remain lifeless, until we die in pursuit of those words, then those same words will be brought to life and live amongst the people, inspiring them and bringing their hearts to life.”
Mashari Al-Ashwaq ila Masari al-Ushaaq (Arabic)
Mashari Al-Ashwaq ila Masari al-Ushaaq (English Revised Edition)