Mufassir Profiles

بسم الله ، والحمد لله ، والصلاة والسلام على المصطفى

In a speech entitled, “Manaahij al-Mufassireen” or “The Different Methodologies of the Qur’anic Commentators”, Sheikh Saalih Aal al-Sheikh introduced the importance of this subject by saying:

الكلام على مناهج المفسرين مهم لأنّ التفاسيرلكتاب الله جلّ وعلا كثرت جدّا حتى بلغت أكثر من مائة من التفاسير الموجودة بين أيدينا اليوم،ـ والتفاسير المفقودة كثيرة والتي لم تطبع أيضا كثيرة وهكذا فلابدّ لطالب العلم الذي يحرص على معرفة معاني كلام الله جلّ وعلا أن يعلم مناهج أولئك المفسرين وطرائقهم حتى إذا راجع تفسيرا لأحد أولئك يعلم مع ما يتميز به ذلك التفسير ويعلم منهج المؤلف حتى لا يضيع بين كثرة التفاسير. ـ

Discussing the different methodologies of the Qur’anic commentators is an important subject because there is such an abundance of works of tafsir of Allah’s Book. It is to the extent that the books of tafsir which are available to us today reach more than one hundred, and then there are numerous works of tafsir which have been lost to time, as well as many works which are not in print. Therefore, any student of knowledge who is eager to know the meanings of the Speech of Allah should know the different methodologies and ways of these Qur’anic commentators, such that whenever he consults the tafsir of one of these commentators he will know the methodology of the author as well as knowing the distinguishing features of that tafsir, and thus he will not be lost among the many works of tafsir. [reference here]

So, as part of an effort to better familiarize readers with the field of al-tafsir and help them navigate the many works which are available and commonly referenced, I have created a collection of “Mufassir Profiles“. Each profile contains key information about one of the well-known books of tafsir, its author, and the particular approaches and methods found in the book. For details on the sources used and the process taken in completing these profiles, please see here.

Profile Index:

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a humble first installment covering many important works as well as some more contemporary works recommended by our salafi shuyookh. The first installment of 25 profiles was published during this Ramadan of 1437Ah/2016CE, with more profiles to come, inshaAllaah.

-Khalil Klopfenstein

For a collection of statements from contemporary scholars regarding the books of Tafsir, please visit: About the Books of Tafsir. InshaAllaah this content will address many questions that may arise from reading these profiles.