— al-Tafsir al-Muyassar —
-Name of the Mufassir:
This work was written by a group of scholars under the direction of Sheikh Saalih Aal al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This work was commissioned and published by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
-Name of the Book:
al-Tafsir al-Muyassar [التفسير الميسّر]
-General Description of the Book:
As its title suggests, al-Tafsir al-Muyassar is a summarized book of tafsir, whose explanations are organized as annotated notes to the Madinah mushaf. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be a brief and easy-to-understand tafsir according to the salafi manhaj in terms of Usool al-Tafsir and ‘Aqeedah. Each ayah or small groupings of ayaat are covered on their own without going beyond the contents of the ayaat at hand so that each ayah can be explained in their proper places as they occur. The authors usually limited themselves to providing the direct meaning an ayah so long as there was no need for further explanation.
Some of the distinguishing features of this book are its accessible language, its clear and direct explanations of the ayaat at hand, its emphasis on highlighting the Qur’anic guidance and the objectives of the Sharee’ah, and its reliance on narration-based explanations.
The book was written to be a summarized tafsir in accordance with the salafi ‘aqeedah.
-Stance regarding isnaads (chains of narration):
The book does not include chains of narrations, but its explanations are based on what has been authentically reported in narration-based tafsir. The authors restricted themselves when mentioning transmitted reports to relying only on authentic statements or the predominant position.
-Stance regarding Fiqh (legal) Rulings:
The authors limited themselves to mentioning only the predominant opinion, without discussing different positions or ancillary issues.
-Stance regarding Qiraa’aat (different recitations):
The authors chose to make their explanation correspond to the riwayah of Hafs ibn ‘Aasim. Discussing the variant qiraa’aat was intentionally avoided in this summarized tafsir.
-Stance regarding poetry, linguistic analysis, grammar, etc.:
Discussions of grammar, morphology, declension, eloquence, etc. were all intentionally omitted from this summary tafsir. Unfamiliar vocabulary is explained in simple and direct language.
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