Imam Sharaf al-Din Abu Muhammad Isma'il bin Abi Bakr bin Abd Allah bin Muhammad al-Maqri al-Sharji (RA) (738-804 AH)
Widely accepted and heavily taught in the lands of Yemen, Sham, Egypt, Makkah, Hijaz and Africa is this simple but yet wide ranging work. The Irshad has been explained by many and annotated by many others. However the author has written one commentary and annotated it. He called it Ikhlas al-Nawi min Irshad al-Ghawi ila Masalik al-Hawi and the Hashiyah is known as ad-Daqa'iq. Also Al-Irshad was commentated upon twice by Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (d.974) in al-Imadad, which was expanded in Fath al-Jawad. ??
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:?He is Sharaf al-Din Abu Muhammad Isma'il bin Abi Bakr bin Abd Allah bin Muhammad al-Maqri al-Sharji. He was born 755 AH in Yemen. He initially studied with his father and others of his locality then he travelled to Zabid and he met various scholars which he took from the science of Grammar and Arabic. Among his most popular scholars are; Ibn Zakirya, al-Sharji, al-Firuzabadi and among his contemporaries and colleagues were; Ibn al-Wazir, Ibn al-Khiyat, Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, Ibn al-Jazari. He also had many students. Among his written works are: ?- Irshad al-Ghawi fi Masalik al-Hawi, which is this work.?- Daqa'iq al-Irshad.?- Rawdat al-Talib Wa nihayat Matlab al-Raghib, based on Imam Nawawi's Rawdat al-Talibin.?- 'Inwan al-Sharaf al-Wafi,?- al-Rikaz al-Makhmas fima qila min al-Awjah fi al-Ma'i al-Mushamas,?and many more. He passed away in 837 in Zabid, Yemen where he was buried.