[PDF] Introduction to The Principles of Tafsir By Ibn Taymiyyah

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By Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al-Uthaymin
Paperback 204 Pages
ISBN 978-1-898649-82-3
Published By Al-Hidaayah Publishing, UK
About The Book


Sharh Muqaddimah fi Usul at-Tafsir

Editor's note: The importance of studying the Qur�an is exemplified by the statement of the great scholar al-Hafidth Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani who said,

�Ilm (i.e. knowledge) is based upon three fields:

  • Fiqh,
  • Hadith and 
  • Tafsir.

Furthermore, besides its importance in relation to Islamic knowledge, reflecting deeply upon the Qur�an and its meanings is considered to be one of the keys and means towards attaining higher degrees of spirituality. This is an oft neglected benefit of the Qu�ran that we rarely attempt to delve into.

Al-Hafidth Ibn Qayyim said regarding this, �Allah has revealed the Qur�an to us so that we read it in contemplation, reflect on it wholeheartedly, rejoice within its remembrance, interpret its meanings and words in the best manner, believe in it, strive to establish its commands, and reap the fruits of its beneficial knowledge through which we can attain the pleasure of Allah from its trees and collect the basils of wisdom from its gardens and flowers [�]

The further hearts contemplate it, the more guidance and insight they will enjoy, and when its deepest depths are touched, sprung forth are fountains of wisdom.�

When studying the various fields of Islamic knowledge, the brief works describing the technical matters (usul) of the field increase the reader's appreciation and aid in the understanding of the books in the field.

The Quran is the greatest miracle for mankind, yet how many of us truly understand its beautiful message and the sciences that surround it?
This book is one of the many written on this topic. In it, the renowned author Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah outlines the principles employed by the scholars in understanding the verses of the Qur�an. 
What makes this book unique is the fact that it is combined with Shaykh Ibn Uthayman�s detailed explanation of the original text.
So, the reader benefits from both the original work and the detailed explanation of the work, all in an easy to follow, smooth, accessible format.
About Sheikh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Shaykh al-Islam Taqi ud-Din Abu'l-Abbas Ahmad Ibn al-Halim ibn Abd al-Salam Ibn Taymiyah al-Hanbali was born in , 661 AH (1263 AC) in Haran, which is now in Eastern Turkey, near the border of northern Iraq.
His family had long been renowned for its learning , among his teachers, was Shams ud-Din Al-Maqdisi, first Hanbali Chief Justice of Syria following the reform of the judiciary by Baibars. The number of Ibn Taimiyah's teachers exceeds two hundred. Ibn Taimiyah was barely seventeen, when Qadi Al-Maqdisi authorized him to issue Fatwa (legal verdict). Qadi remembered with pride that it was he who had first permitted an intelligent and learned man like Ibn Taimiyah to give Fatwa. 
At the same age, he started delivering lectures. When he was thirty, he was offered the office of Chief Justice, but refused, as he could not persuade himself to follow the limitations imposed by the authorities.
Imam Ibn Taimiyah's education was essentially that of a Hanbali theologian and jurisconsult. But to his knowledge of early and classical Hanbalism, he added not only that of the other schools of jurisprudence but also that of other literature.
He had an extensive knowledge of Quran, Sunnah, Greek philosophy, Islamic history, and religious books of others, as is evident from the variety of the books he wrote.


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