SNMC Heritage: Muslim Scholars: Abū ‘Īsá Muḥammad ibn ‛Īsá at-Tirmidhī

Abū ‘Īsá Muḥammad ibn ‛Īsá  at-Tirmidhī (as Imām at-Termezī/Tirmidhī, was a Persian Islamic scholar and collector of hadith who wrote  Jami` at-Tirmidhi), one of the compilations in Sunni Islam. He also wrote Shama’il Muhammadiyah, a compilation of hadiths concerning the person and character of the prophet, Muhammad. At-Tirmidhi was also well versed in Arabic grammar,  He was born in Tirmidh in southern Uzbekistan.

It is related by Abdullah bin Masud that Muhammad said, “A faithful believer neither attacks with his tongue nor utters a curse nor speaks ill of anyone nor calls names.” From Tirmidhi

He was very close to Imam Bokhari. At-Tirmidhi was a pupil of al-Bukhari, who was based in Khurasan. Adh-Dhahabi wrote, “His knowledge of hadith came from al-Bukhari.”[16] At-Tirmidhi mentioned al-Bukhari’s name 114 times in his Jami`. He used al-Bukhari’s Kitab at-Tarikh as a source when mentioning discrepancies in the text of a hadith or its transmitters, and praised al-Bukhari as being the most knowledgeable person in Iraq or Khurasan in the science of discrepancies of hadith.