He was the imam, the hafidh, the great scholar Zainuddin Abdur-Rahman ibn Ahmad ibn Abdur-Rahman, known as Rajab as-Salami, then ad-Dimashqi (from Damascus) - well known as Ibn Rajab.
He was born in the year 736H.
His teachers included: Muhammad ibn Khabbaaz, Ibrahim ibn Dawood al-Attaar and Muhammad ibn al-Qalanisi and others.
What the scholars have said about him, Ibn Fahd said: “The imam, the hafidh, the proof, the knowledgeable scholar, the dependable. One of the scholars who shunned this world, and one of the imams and worshippers. Instructive scholars from the scholars of hadith, admonisher of the Muslims.”
As-Suyuti said, “The imam, the hafidh, the scholar of hadith, the admonisher, Zainuddin Abdur-Rahman…”
Ibn Fahd also said, “He was, rahimahullaahu ta ala, a pious imam who shunned the world, hearts inclined towards him with love, and the different sects accepted him. His sittings for advising the general people were of great benefit and used to open up the hearts.”
He passed away in the year 795H.