Abi Hatim al-Razi said: "No nation has existed since the creation of Adam, wherein its trustworthy ones memorize the narrations of the Messengers like this nation." Knowledge of Hadith is carried by the most worthy of people of every successive generation. They reprimand the radical elements for their attempted corruptions, the falsifiers for their distortions and the ignorant for their esoteric interpretations. They purify the Sunnah and refocus people's priorities back to the Prophetic narrations.
Countless books have been authored on the subject of Hadīth sciences, the special status its scholars occupy and the nobility of those who adhere to the Sunnah and the scholarly reports regarding it. This book is among the finest in this field in the way it's arranged and the ease with which one can grasp the content. Al-Khatīb recounts Prophetic narrations, statements of the Muhaddithīn and scholars of renown, by way of his own chain of transmissions (isnād); and this is an especially unique feature of this book.
Ibn Hajar accurately noted, "Every objective person knows that scholars of Hadīth who come after Al-Khatīb are indebted to his works." It isn't difficult to see why that is the case as Al-Khatib was from the last generation of titans that shone above others. He authored a number of pioneering works in Hadith literature.
It is a privilege for Daar as-Sunnah to be publishing its first edition of 'Sharaf Ashābu'l Hadīth' of Imām Al-Khatīb al-Baghdādi for the English speaker. A welcome introduction allowing a person to acquaint themselves with the most delicate of Islamic sciences.