Abu’l-Fadl Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn `Ali al-Kannani al `Asqalani, better knownby the name of Imam Ibn Hajar, was born in Cairo in 773/1372. He began hisstudies at the age of five and completed the memorisation of the Qur’an by theage of nine. A Shafi`i scholar and
master, he studied under renownedscholars in Cairo, Yemen, and the
. Known as Shaykh al-Islam, scholarstravelled from far away lands to take knowledge from him. Appointed to theposition of chief-judge several times, he authored more than fifty works on
,history, biography, Qur’anic exegesis, poetry, and Shafi`i jurisprudence; amongthe most famous of them is his fourteen-volume commentary on
. He passed away in Cairo in 852/1449.