Do you want to learn Tafsir?
Have you always wanted to understand the words of THE CREATOR OF THIS ENTIIIIRREE UNIVERSE, word for word?
Start with the Exegesis of Tafsir Ibn Kathir below:
It is the most well written ten volume tafsir of the Quran, and the best source to start from as he is one of the earliest scholars of Islam. During his era; he was a highly influential Sunni scholar of the Sha’fi school during the Mamluk rule of Syria an expert on tafsir (Quranic exegesis) and faqih (jurisprudence) as well as a historian. Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani said about him, “Ibn Kathir worked on the subject of the Hadith in the texts (متون) and chains of narrators (رجال). He had a good memory, his books became popular during his lifetime, and people benefited from them after his death.
His full name was Abū l-Fidāʾ Ismāʿīl ibn ʿUmar ibn Kaṯīr (أبو الفداء إسماعيل بن عمر بن كثير), with the honorary title of ʿImād ad-Dīn(عماد الدين “pillar of the faith”). He was born in Mijdal, a village on the outskirts of the city of Busra, to the east of Damascus, Syria, around about AH 701 (AD 1300/1) He was taught by Ibn Taymiyya and Al-Dhahabi.
Upon completion of his studies he obtained his first official appointment in 1341, when he joined an inquisitorial commission formed to determine certain questions of heresy. He married the daughter of Al-Mizzi, one of the foremost Syrian scholars of the period, which gave him access to the scholarly elite. In 1345 he was made preacher (khatib) at a newly built mosque in Mizza, the home town of his father-in-law. In 1366, he rose to a professorial position at the Great Mosque of Damascus.
In later life, he became blind. He attributes his blindness to working late at night on the Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal in an attempt to rearrange it topically rather than by narrator. He died in February 1373 (AH 774) in Damascus. He was buried next to his teacher Ibn Taymiyya.
Ibn Kathir also wrote another famous commentary on the Qur’an named Tafsīr al-Qurʾān al-ʿaẓīm which linked certain Hadith, or sayings of Muhammad (as), and sayings of the sahaba to verses of the Qur’an, in explanation. It is considered to be a summary of the earlier tafsir by Al-tabari, Tafsir Al-Tabari. It is especially popular because it uses the hadith to explain each verse and chapter of the Qur’an.
All of the tafsir in the next sections are the English translated texts from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.