Just a little extra from your book.
The Criminals of Islam - Dr. Shabbir Ahmed
“IMAM TABARI'S STRANGE CONFESSION: “I am writing this book as I hear
from the narrators. If anything sounds absurd, I should not be blamed or
held accountable. The responsibility of all blunders rests squarely on the
shoulders of those who have narrated these stories to me.” So, Tabari
wrote nothing but hearsay. Mazhabi Dastanain Aur Un Ki Haqeeqat by
Allama Habib-ur-Rahman Siddiqui Kandhalwi, Ar-Rahman Publishing Trust,
Tareekhil Umam Wal Mulook (The History of Nations and Kings) popularly
called "The Mother of All Histories" is the first ever "History of Islam"
written by 'Imam' Tabari (839-923 CE) at the junction of the third and fourth
century AH. He died in 310 AH, three centuries after the exalted Prophet.
What were his sources? Not a scrap of paper! “He told me this who heard it
from him who heard it from her and she heard it from so and so," and so
on. By compiling his 13 Volume History and his 30 Volume Exposition of
the Quran under royal patronage, Tabari became the Super Imam. The later
historians until this day have persisted in following the trails of the Super
Imam. Imam Zahri Wa Imam Tabari, Tasweer Ka Doosra Rukh by
Muhaddith-ul-‘Asr Jaame’-ul-‘Uloom Hazrat Allama Tamanna Imadi
Phulwari, Ar-Rahman Publishing Trust, Karachi “