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Abu ’l-Qāsim Sulaymān ibn Ayyūb ibn Muṭayyir al-Lakhmī al-Ṭabarānī was one of the most important hadith scholars of his age (260 AH/874CE - 360 AH/971CE).[1]

Sulaiman ibn Ahmad At-Tabarani
Born260 AH [874 CE]
Died360 AH [971 CE]
EraIslamic golden age
Main interest(s)Hadith
Notable work(s)Al-Mu'jam al-Kabeer, Al-Mu'jam al-Awsat, Al-Mu'jam as-Saghir
Muslim leader


Imam Al Tabarani was born in 260H in Tabariya As-Sham. He narrated Hadiths from more than one thousand scholars (Muhaditheens). He traveled extensively to many regions to quench his thirst of knowledge which includes Syria, Haramayn Tayyibayn, Yemen, Egypt, Baghdad, Kufa, Basra and Isfahan etc[2]. He wrote many Hadith books, among them are Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir, Al-Mu’jam Al-Awsat, and Al-Mu’jam As-Saghir. Sayyiduna Abul ‘Abbas Ahmad Bin Mansoor states: I have narrated three hundred thousand Ahadees from Imam Tabarani. [3] He lived most of his end life in Isfahan, Iran and died there on 27th Dhul-Qa’da, 360 H.[4][5]


From amongst his students were: Ahmad bin 'Amr bin 'Abdul-Khaliq Al-Basri and Abu Bakr Al-Bazzar.


He is known primarily for three works on hadith:[1]

  • al-Muʿjam al-Kabīr – from which he excluded the traditions of Abu Hurayra
  • Al-Mu'jam al-Awsat – which contains traditions from Abu Hurayra
  • Al-Mu'jam as-Saghir – which gave a hadith from each of his masters.

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  1. ^ a b c Fierro, Maribel (2000). "al-Ṭabarānī". In Bearman, P. J.; Bianquis, Th.; Bosworth, C. E.; van Donzel, E. & Heinrichs, W. P. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, Volume X: T–U. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 10. ISBN 90-04-11211-1.
  2. ^ Tazkira-tul-Huffaz, vol. 3, pp. 85
  3. ^ Siyar A’laam-un-Nubala, vol. 12, pp. 268
  4. ^ "AT-TABARANI, Sulaimman bin Ahmad". Retrieved Jun 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Religious Services Of Imam Tabarani". Retrieved Jun 10, 2019.

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