Reading Books of Tafsir During Ramadan: Sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr

During the Q&A program Noor ‘Alaa al-Darb, sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr was asked and responded to the following question:

س ـ قراءة التفسير في رمضان هل هي من العلم الذي كان السلف يتركونه في رمضان، أم هي من الاهتمام بالقرآن وتدبُّره؟

Question: Does reading a book of tafsir during Ramadan fall under the type of knowledge that the salaf would leave off during Ramadan, or is that part of giving attention to the Qur’an and contemplating it?

ج ـ من التفاسير ما هو مطوَّل، وكثير من مباحثه تَخرج من الإعانة على التدبر، وهناك مختصرات في التفسير تعين طالب العلم على الفهم وتعينه على التدبر ولا تعوقه عن كثرة المقروء، فالقراءة في المختصرات أو في غريب القرآن أو ما أشبه ذلك لا مانع منها في رمضان؛ لأنها تعين على الفهم والتدبر، أما القراءة في المطولات التي يمكن أن ينتهي رمضان وهو لم يقرأ إلا نصف التفسير منها أو ربعه فهذه تُترك إلى ما بعد رمضان، وهو من العلم الذي كان يُترك في رمضان للتفرغ للتلاوة.ـ

Response: There are some books of tafsir which are long, containing many discussions which do not contribute to helping one contemplate the Qur’an.

Then, there are also shorter books of tafsir which assist the seeker of knowledge to understand, aid him in contemplating and don’t slow him down with too much reading.

So there is nothing to stop someone from reading these shorter books, or works clarifying the unfamiliar vocabulary of the Qur’an or other similar types of works during Ramadan because these things assist him to understand and contemplate. But as for those long books which cannot be completed during Ramadan, such that one could only read half or a quarter of the tafsir, then this should be put off until after Ramadan and would fall under the type of knowledge that it left off during Ramadan in order to free up more time for recitation.

[As found on the sheikh’s website here]

See also: What is the minimum amount of time to complete reciting the Qur’an: Sheikh bin Baaz

See also: Encouragement to Contemplate the Qur’an: Sheikh bin Baaz

See also: How to Contemplate the Qur’an: Sheikh Muhammad Bazmool

See also: I Read The Qur’an But It Does Not Move My Heart: Sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr

2 thoughts on “Reading Books of Tafsir During Ramadan: Sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr

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