Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani Rahmatullahi Alaihi
Shaykh Ibn Hajar al Asqalani Rahmatullahi Alihi (الشيخ ابن حجر العسقلاني رحمة الله عليه), a gifted scholar who wrote Fathul Baree ( (فتح الباريan explanation on Sahihul Bukhari is well respected among Islamic scholastic circles. I had the opportunity to visit his Maqam in Cairo which is obscure to many – الحمد لله
I don’t remember the exact location of Maqam of Shaykh Ibn Hajar al Asqalani Rahmatullahi Alihi. What I do remember is riding in a taxi through unpaved alleyways in Garafah al Kubra (the biggest graveyard in Cairo – probably the biggest in the world) where many past Greats are resting.
It was in a winter evening after we had visited Shaykh Ibn Ataullahi Al Iskandari, Khalwa of Sayyidah Nafeesah, Shykh Izzuddin bin Abdussalam (Rahmathullahi Alihim Ajmaeen). We traveled a bit and found the road having water puddles and made a round and entered the Garafah through another route. While doing so our taxi driver got a fine from a patrolling traffic officer for entering the road in wrong direction!
We reached the Maqam of Shaykh Ibn Hajar al Asqalani Rahmatullahi Alihi guided by a foreign scholar studying in Al Azhar after sunset. The place is not known to many as our taxi driver exclaimed that though his family graveyard is in near vicinity he never noticed this great Imam’s Maqam there! The Maqam is not well maintained as we found the wooden roof is displaced and has some holes.
We had earlier visited another Maqam of great Imam Shaykh Abu Ja’afar Al Tahawi Rahmatullahi Alihi which also was in similar condition. Our guide suggested this may be because of lack of followers of the Shaykh in that particular area. He also mentioned one delegation of scholars from India paid visit there and were surprised of the unpopular condition of those Maqams.
Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)’s Qabr ( Egypt)
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