FULL NAME: ‘Alee ibn Hamzah ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Asadi al-Kisaaee, Abul Hasan (d. 189AH)
- From Koofah of Persian origin.
- He was the client of al-Asad.
- He was an Imaam of language, grammar and qiraa’ah. He (rahimahullah) was not only an Imaam in the Qira’at, but he was also skilled and proficient in Nahw (grammar).
- He settled in Baghdaad and was appointed Mu’addib (teacher) of the Abbasid Caliphs Haaroon al-Rasheed and al-Ma’moon.
- Later he was upgraded as a close associate of the court.
- He was very fond of wearing one particular clock and this might be the reason why he was known as ‘Al-Kisaaee’ When asked about his nickname (al-Kisa’ee), he said,
‘Because I entered into Ihraam (Hajj/’Umrah) dressed in a Kisaa’ (garment).’
- He contributed many books.
- He died in Rayy at the age of seventy.
Imam al-Shaafi’i (rahimahullah) said:
‘Whoever wishes to delve deep into Nahw, then he’ll be like a child compared to al-Kisa’ee.’
Ibn al-Anbar said:
‘They concurred that he (al-Kisa’ee) was the most knowledgeable of Nahw, leading in understanding the gharib (unique terms in language) and the foremost in having knowledge of the Qur’an (Qira’at etc).’
Here is a very good article which mentions him and shows how he was also a linguist.