بسم الله ، والحمد لله ، والصلاة والسلام على المصطفى

In Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen’s introduction to his explanation of his teacher Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di’s book on the foundations of tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis), he wrote:

أما بعد : فإن خير الحديث كتاب الله وخير الهدي هدي محمد ﷺ وشر الأمور محدثاتها . وحيث كان خير الحديث كتاب الله فإن فهمه وتدبره والعمل به تصديقا للأخبار وعملا بالأحكام أنفس ما بذل المرء فيه أنفاسه وأنفع ما أمضى فيه أوقاته ولهذا كان علم تفسير كلام الله تعالى أهم العلوم وأفضلها وكان الصحابة رضي الله عنهم لا يتجاوزون عشر آيات من القرآن حتى يتعلموها وما فيها من العلم والعمل فتعلموا بذلك القرآن والعلم والعمل جميعا . ـ

To proceed: Then indeed the best speech in the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (ﷺ), and the worst of affairs are those that are newly introduced. And being that the best speech is the Book of Allah, then certainly understanding it, pondering over it, and acting according to it by affirming its information and acting according to its rulings is more precious then the breaths of life which one breaths and a more effective use of one’s time. So for this reason, the science of the tafsir of the Speech of Allah is the most important of the religious sciences and the most virtuous of them, and the sahaabah used not to pass beyond ten ayaat from the Qur’an until they had learned them and what they contained of knowledge and action, so they would thereby become educated through careful consideration regarding the Qur’an, knowledge and action all at once.

[al-Ta’leeq ‘alaa al-Qawaa’id al-Hisaan al-Muta’alliqah bi-Tafsir al-Qur’an pg. 7]

With this statement in mind, this blog is devoted to helping English-speaking Muslims connect to the sound and reliable books of tafsir, and thereby to further connect them to the correct understanding of the Book of Allah. The books of tafsir whose translations are featured on this site are those recommended by the major scholars, with particular attention given to the tafsir works of Imam ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di, and then to those of Sheikh Muhammad al-Ameen al-Shinqitee. Other frequently featured works include the books of tafsir of al-Baghawi, al-Qurtubi, al-Shawkaani and Ibn Kathir. Due to the great value of Ibn Kathir’s commentary, his tafsir has already been translated and made widely available in the English language, so this blog will not focus on repeating those noble efforts while there is still a great need for translating more authentic tafsir works into English.

Other non-tafsir related sources commonly translated on this site include various works from ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn Taymiyah, and ibn al-Qayyim, as well as other works from Imam al-Sa’di.The famous hadeeth explanation works of Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalaani, al-Nawawi and al-Mubaarakfoori of Saheeh al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim, and Sunan al-Tirmidhi respectively are also featured on this site.

This site is committed to presenting reliable and readable translations of these valuable works which have been  recommended by the Salafi scholars. Our current schedule is to publish new translations every Monday and Thursday. We also work to consistently present all translations alongside the original Arabic in order to 1) connect the reader to the Arabic language, 2) provide a standard against which to judge the accuracy of our translations, and 3) perhaps to aid in our readers’ Arabic acquisition.

Whatever good this site contains is due first to Allah سبحانه وتعالى who facilitated it and then to these scholars رحمهم الله whom He blessed with knowledge and understanding, and any mistakes are my own. If you encounter errors in the translations, please alert us at tulayhah@gmail.com. I ask Allah to accept my humble efforts, and to make this site a source of benefit for me and for all those who visit.

Your brother in Islam,

Khalil Klopfenstein (translator)

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. Bismillaah, I found your blog today. MashaAllaah tabarakAllaah, you have done a good job with it, and I really look forward to explore it more. BarakAllaaho fikom. May Allaah reward you with all that is khayr in dunya and in akhira.

    • Ameen wa jamee’an (and you as well) to all your supplications. We hope that the translations that we publish can be a source of benefit for ourselves and others.

    • Wa ‘alaikum al-salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

      I believe that you can get email notifications for each new post by clicking the blue WordPress “Follow Tulyahah” towards the bottom of the right-hand column. Please let me know if that does not work and inshaAllaah I will try to find another way.

      Also, you can follow Tulayhah on Facebook at facebook.com/tulayhah. And inshaAllaah new translations are posted on this site every Monday and Thursday. BaarakAllaahu feekum, w’al-salaam ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

      • Alhamdulillaah, I was blessed last year to be able to attend the 11th ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib Dawrah in Kuwait (October 23-30, 2014) with Sheikh Sulayman al-Ruhaylee and Sheikh Saalih al-Suhaymee. Otherwise, as I currently live in a place where we do not have direct access to the scholars, I continue my efforts to seek knowledge through the books, writings and audios that are available, and referring questions back to those whom I know who have studied directly with the people of knowledge of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait.

        With that being said, the content on the Tulayhah website is that of translation with the majority of material coming from from the well-known and well-attested books of tafsir recommended by our Salafi scholars. From what I know, a tazkiyah is not a condition for translating, as has been mentioned by some of the people of knowledge such as Sheikh Zayd al-Madkhalee (see here) and others (see here for both Arabic audios and a PDF with translations). I hope that these small efforts of translation collected on this site can assist the English-language audience in better understanding the Book of Allah and connecting to it, baarakAllaahu feekum.

    • Although this site does contain translations from some of the well-known books of hadeeth explanations, our primary area of focus is in the field of tafsir and tafsir-related works. However, suggestions for content material are welcome, baarakAllaahu feek.

    • The name was originally inspired by the story of the sahaabi Tulayhah ibn Khuwaylid al-Asadi. We used to have a post which summarized his story on this blog, but in short his story stood out because it highlights the great mercy and forgiveness of Allah, and also epitomizes the statement of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab: [ كنا أذل أمة فأعزنا الله بالإسلام، ومهما ابتغينا العزة في غيره أذلنا الله ] “We were a humiliated nation and then Allah honored us with Islam. Whoever seeks honor in other than Islam, Allah will humiliate him”. Also, it is part of eemaan to love all of the sahaabah, and Tulayhah ibn Khuwaylid is one of them, as ibn Hajar mentioned in his book al-Isaabah.

      The word “tulayhah” can also mean a small acacia tree – in other words, our blog is a humble effort but we hope it can provide some benefit to those who visit it.

      But ultimately, the name “Tulayhah” is just that – only a name. What is important is the content, and we hope that our translations of sound scholarly explanations can be a source of benefit. Wa feekum baarakAllaah.

  2. I find this blog really inspiring. There is a need to make classical Arabic works accessible to English speaking Muslims. This is a step in the right direction.

    • BaarakAllaahu feek. This is part of our mission, to help English-speaking Muslims connect to the reliable explanations of the well-grounded scholars, both past and present. And specifically, we focus on the books of tafsir, as there is a great need for sound explanations of the Qur’an in English.

  3. I pray this finds your Ramadan full of Qiyam, Siyam and Quran seeking the countenance of the all-Mighty. I write to ask, where can I find the specific book of khutbahs that was published in a collection of more than 400 sermons of sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di?

    I would like to get it as an Eid Gift for my father.
    Please advise at your convenience.
    Peace Be Unto You
    Abu Akilah Akili ibn Rasheed Ujima
    Mr. Ujima

    • I hope that this message reaches you in the best of health and eemaan as we are entering the last part of this Ramadan (1438 ah). Yes, we have translated and published a handful of khutbahs from sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sa’di, and we have found all of these in the book [مجموع خطب الشيخ عبد الرحمن السعدي], which was published by Dar al-Bashaer. You can view the product on their website here.

      May Allah reward you for your desire to give this work as a gift to your father. This work was actually given to me as a gift, and I have been very happy with it. I think that this work is not very widely circulated, so if you are not able to acquire it easily, you may try to find another collection of Imam al-Sa’di’s khutbahs – [الفواكه الشهية في الخطب المنبرية ويليها الخطب المنبرية على المناسبات] – which seems to be more popular. The first book is in fact four collections of Imam al-Sa’di’s khutbahs into one book, while this second one is two of those collections put together.

      I hope that this information is helpful.
      Wa ‘alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh – Khalil Klopfenstein

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