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Introduction to Tafsir
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Introduction to Tafsir

Ustadh Abu Anees
13 Lessons (3 Months Course)
fee: $60.00

Allah ‘azza wa jall says in Surah An-Nisaa verse 82: ‘Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction’. At-tadabbur (contemplation/reflection) is for every Muslim; learned and unlearned alike. Studying this course will train a person to focus on the core meaning and essence of the Qur’aan, hence allowing them to ponder over the message and the meaning of the Qur’aan. This will allow a person to realise the beauty of the Qur’aan, the greatness of the message and most importantly the Beauty and Greatness of the One Who revealed this Qur’aan and Spoke these very words.

Usool ut Tafseer is essentially a study of the key principles referred to by the scholars to make tafseer when there are differences in tafseer and to explain the meaning of the verses. However, it is beneficial for beginners to study this subject as it will allow them to appreciate the scholars for their ijtihaad in mattes of tafseer and help the person to understand not only the reason for these differences but also how to deal with these differences.

This course is based upon Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah’s ‘An Introduction to the Principles of Tafseer’. 
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Course Length: 90 days + 10 day Final Exam
Registration: open

During this course you will learn:
- What is the benefit of studying this course?
- What is tafseer?
- What are the key definitions and concepts in Usool ut Tafseer?
- What are the different approaches/methodologies to adopt when making tafseer?
- What are the main sources referred to for making tafseer?
- Why may there be differences between the mufassiroon?
- How do we deal with those differences?
- Did the Prophet sall Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam explain the entire Qur’aan?
- What is abrogation and how does this affect tafseer?
- Why is it so important to know the specific reasons behind the revelation of a verse?
- Why can the same verse have so many different interpretations?
- How do we know which interpretation is correct?
- Can we use Israelite narrations?
- What conditions must a person fulfil to be qualified to make tafseer?

 


Author’s Biography:
This book has been authored by Shaykh ul Islam Abul ‘Abbaas Ahmad Ibn Abdul Haleem Ibn Abdus Salaam Ibn Taymiyah al Harraanee was born in the year 661 AH and died in the year 728 AH. He was born in Bahrain and travelled to Damascus where he spent majority of his life at the age of seven.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah was born into a family of scholars; both his father and grandfather were great scholars of their time. Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rahimahullah) studied the Qur’aan, Hadith and Hanbali fiqh at a young age such that he became a professor of Islamic studies at the age of 19. His preference lay in tafseer and it is said that he read over a hundred commentaries of the Qur’aan.

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rahimahullah) was a Mujaahid by both the sword and by the pen. He was foremost amongst those who marched forth for jihaad against the Tartaars and he was known for his written works; authoring over 600 books though many of them have been lost. He wrote many works exposing and refuting the many practices which had entered into the Muslim lands and till this day his works are being read, studied and taught. Many of his works have alhamdulillah been translated into the English language.

Amongst his famous students are Jamaal ud Deen Al Mizzi, Imam Adh-Dhahabi, Ibn Kathir and Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimahumullah) all of whom have written great works which the Ummah have benefitted greatly from. This shows us the high status of their teacher; Ibn Taymiyah. May Allah shower him with His vast and all encompassing Mercy. 

Additional Reading Material:
- Tafsir Ibn Kathir
- Usool At-Tafseer, by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillip
- Reflecting Upon The Quraan, by Shaikh Saalih Al Fawzaan
- Reasons for the Revelation, by Ibn Ahmad an-Neesaboori
- An Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’aan, by Ahmad Von Denferr
- An Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’aan, by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi
- How To Approach & Understand the Quran, by Jamaal al Din Zarabozo
- The History of the Qur'anic Text, by Mustafa Al-Azami

Progression:
Having studied this course you should consider studying the following:
- Uloom Ul Qur'an
- How to Approach and Understand the Qur'an
- Introduction to Tafsir
- Tafsir ul Qur'an - Surah al Fatiha
- Tafsir ul Qur'an - Surah Yusuf
- Tafsir ul Qur'an - Surah al Noor
- Tafsir ul Qur'an - Surah al Furqan
- Tafsir ul Qur'an - Surah al Ahzab

Ustadh Abu Anees
Ustadh Abu Anees graduated from Madinah Islamic University (K.S.A) with a BA Hons in Shari'ah in addition he holds a diploma in Arabic Language. Ustadh Abu Anees specialises in the field of Qur'an.


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