REVISITING SOME ASPECTS OF SHAYKH ʿABD AL-ṢAMAD AL-FALIMBĀNĪ’S (d.1837) BIOGRAPHY IN LIGHT OF FAYḌ AL-IḤSĀNĪ
This article discusses some aspects of Shaykh ʿAbd al-Ṣamad al-Falimbānī’s biographical life in light ot the recent discovery of a manuscript known as Fayḍ al-Iḥsānī found in Palembang. Biography is a very vast and wide topic covers almost everything about a person’s life and experiences. However, we do not intend here to cover all aspects of the biography, but rather only a few selected disputed points mainly those of his father’s name, his birth and death dates. The discovery of the manuscript Fayḍ al-Iḥsānī has, as if, putting the ‘last piece of the jigsaw puzzle’ together enabling us to have a better understanding about al-Falimbānī’s life.
P. Voorhoeve, s.v “‘Abd al-Samad b. ‘Abd Allāh al-Falimbāni”
Nico G. Kaptein, s.v ‘Abd al-Samad al-Palimbānī
In Dian Digest, no.100, Ogos 1977, Shaghir says al-Falimbāni’s full name is ‘Syeikh ‘Abd al-Samad bin Faqih Husein bin Faqih Abdullah al-Falimbani’
Ahmad Mohammed Hussain, Islam in the Malay World: Al-Falimbānī’s Scholarship, Gombak: IIUM Press, 2017, 37; Fayḍ, 15.
Shaghir, Shamad, 62-63; K.H. Saifuddin Zuhri, Sejarah Kebangkitan Islam dan Perkembangannya di Indonesia, 405- 406; al-Banjāri, Shajarat al-Arshadiyyah, 6-7