Famous books on Quranic interpretation


The best interpretation of the Quran depends on the individual’s preferences and needs. There are several well-known books in the field of Quranic interpretation that provide comprehensive and reliable explanations.

 Here are some famous books on Quranic interpretation:


1. “Tafsir al-Tabari” by Imam Tabari: It is considered one of the most famous books of interpretation and relies on narrations (hadiths) and reports from the companions and successors of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


2. “Tafsir al-Qurtubi” by Imam Qurtubi: It is a comprehensive book that covers the entire Quran and focuses on legal rulings and deriving evidence from the Quran. It is known for its unique approach and emphasis on legal aspects.


3. “Tafsir Ibn Kathir” by Imam Ibn Kathir: It is one of the most famous books of interpretation and relies on the Quran to explain itself, as well as the Prophet’s traditions and the opinions of the companions and successors. It also covers linguistic aspects and different recitations of the Quran.


It’s important to note that these books are written in Arabic, the original language of the Quran. However, there are also translations and summarized versions available in various languages, including English.

Some popular English translations and interpretations of the Quran include:


1. “The Noble Quran” translated by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan: This translation includes brief explanations within the text and footnotes to provide additional context.


2. “The Study Quran” translated by Seyyed Hossein Nasr et al.: It is an extensive translation that includes commentary from various scholars, providing insights into the Quran’s verses.


3. “Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations” by Michael Sells: This book focuses on the early chapters of the Quran and provides literary and poetic analysis, making it suitable for those interested in a deeper understanding of the text.


These are just a few examples, and there are many other translations and interpretations available. It’s recommended to explore different options and choose the one that resonates with you and meets your needs for understanding the Quran.



1- Modern Tafsir Books (in the modern era)


1. “Tafsir al-Jalalayn” by Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli and Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti.


2. “Al-Tafsir al-Muyassar” by a group of scholars of Tafsir.


3. “Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an” by Sayyid Qutb.


4. “Mukhtasar Ibn Kathir” which is a summarized version of Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir, with several editions by different authors, the best of whom is Ahmad Shakir.


5. “Tafsir al-Karim al-Rahman fi Tafsir Kalam al-Mannan” by al-Saadi.


6. “Adwa’ al-Bayan fi E’adah al-Quran bil-Quran” by Muhammad al-Shukayni.


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Secondly, the best Tafsir books in English:


Choosing the best English Tafsir of the Qur’an is a personal matter, depending on your preferences as a reader and your needs as a beginner or advanced learner in Tafsir.


1. “The Study Quran” by a group of scholars, providing a comprehensive and well-researched interpretation of the Qur’an.


2. “Tafsir Ma’ani al-Quran al-Karim” by Dr. Mohammed Taha al-Din al-Hilali and Dr. Mohammed Mohsin Khan.


3. “Message of the Quran” by Muhammad Asad.


4. “Tafsir al-Jalalayn” translated by Aisha Bewley.


5. “Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an” by Sayyid Qutb.


6. Ibn Kathir’s Tafsir (abridged version).


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Thirdly: The Benefits of the Science of Tafsir (Quranic Exegesis):


There is no doubt that the science of Tafsir holds great importance because Allah, the Most High, revealed the Qur’an for us to ponder over and act upon its teachings. In order to act upon it, we must understand its meanings. Allah says:


“[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” (Quran, 38:29)


The benefits of the science of Tafsir include:


1. Understanding and pondering over the words of Allah. Allah says: “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” (Quran, 47:24)


2. The revelation of the Noble Qur’an to address differences, and understanding the objectives of the Qur’an helps in resolving differences. This can be achieved through the study of Tafsir.


3. Rectifying the heart, performing good deeds for the sake of Allah, and the best means to achieve this is by studying the Tafsir of the Noble Qur’an.


4. The student of Tafsir is among the most knowledgeable people.


5. The Qur’an will intercede on behalf of its companions on the Day of Resurrection. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its companions on the Day of Resurrection.” Studying Tafsir involves reading, pondering, and understanding its meanings.


6. The learner of the Qur’an is considered the best of people. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best among you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” Learning the Qur’an includes studying its Tafsir.


7. Inheriting the knowledge of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and all the prophets, as scholars are the heirs of the prophets. The best inheritance is knowledge, and the best knowledge is that which is related to the Book of Allah. The best way to understand the Book of Allah is through its Tafsir.


8. Protection from misguidance, as the science of Tafsir guides its seeker to the path of truth and protects them from misguidance.


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