Concerning Commentaries of the Forty Hadith
The title of imam is given to one who is followed. In the proper sense
(with a capital I) it is given to those who have achieved mujtahid mutlaq
status and whose rulings and methodology have crystallized into a School
of Law. In the common sense (with a small i) it is given to those who lead
the prayers in a mosque or elsewhere. It should not be given with a
capital I to just any and all scholars, translators, da`is, or mosque
imams. In this case these people do not even qualify as Ulema, how then
could they be called Imams??
I saw this Zarabozo's translation or rather his manifesto of
Salafi/Wahhabi errors camouflaged as a commentary on Imam al-Nawawi of
which the latter is wholly innocent. In fact, he begins it with an attack
on Imam al-Nawawi's creed as necessitating correction. He also takes
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani to task for defending al-Nawawi against the
aspersions of Wahhabis in his "Encyclopedia of Islamic Doctrine." But Imam
al-Nawawi has more Sunni creed in his little finger than this Zarabozo and
all those behind him. May Allah correct him and all the people of "Salafi"
innovation for their arrogance, and may He return the wages of their lusts
and innovations on them.
As for Brother De Lorenzo's translation I have not seen it.
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