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Understanding the Quran

Understanding the Quran

*Please note the new start time is 9am*

This course is online with limited in person option in High Wycombe. The course is free for 2023/24 and you can sign up anywhere across the world. To support our efforts you are welcome to make a donation here

Shaykh Sulayman will have a look at the meaning, evolution, and reality of tafseer. What is tafseer? Is there such a thing as a universal tafseer, or one single meaning. Why do mufassireen differ and who is allowed to practice tafseer? And finally, how important is tafseer? Shaykhs Tafseer of Juzz 'amma will be based on his extensive work on the Tafseer Razi. We have completed the tafseer of Juzz Amma (the 30th Juz starting from Surah Naba). 

We now move to Juz Tabbarak, the 29th Chapter of the Quran. Available  Online only 


* Creating awareness of the importance of tafseer

* Reviving the importance of knowledge before practicing tafseer

* Creating tolerance 

* Inspiring people to love, cherish and respect the book of Allah more

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Foreword by Shaykh Sulayman: The world of tafseer is vast and varied. Since the very beginning, the great scholars have excelled in the hermeneutics of the Quran. Tafseer was not an expertise or a profession, it was the result of expertise in all fields: language; morphology, grammar, rhetoric, jurisprudence and its foundations and principles, history, foundations, and terminology of hadeeth sciences and of course the foundations and foundations of tafseer, qira-at (recitation), tajweed and Quranic sciences. Of course, a Mufassir (exegete) also had to excel in dogma, faith and be God-fearing himself. In short, tafseer was the last building block on the scholar's path. Only people with deep-rooted knowledge ventured into this. 

One of these great scholars was Imam Fakhr ad Deen ar-Razi. He was a great scholar who excelled in Shafi-i fiqh, the fundamentals of fiqh and rhetoric. But he was also an expert in biology, astronomy, gastronomy, chemistry, philosophy, and medicine. This range of knowledge is clear to anyone who reads his tafseer: "Mafatih al ghayb" (The Keys of the Unseen) carefully. He wove his profound knowledge into his explanation of the Quran. This makes his Tafseer not accessible to everyone. If you are not a physician, biologist, astronomer, sociologist, chemist, or a highly gifted person, then you will not get much out of the many pages of tafseer ar Razi. He uses distinctive professional words that we do not know or have never heard of. No wonder that a contemporary scholar (Dr. Sameeh Za'eem) authored a book he called: "Encyclopaedia of Imam Razi's words", which consists of over seven hundred pages. 

In the year 2006, after first studying the abridged version of Tafseer Ibn Kathier by Imam ar-Rafi'ee with great scholar Salman (starting in 2002), I started to read the Tafseer of ar Razi and very soon concluded that there was a lot I did not understand. The Tafseer of ar Razi was beyond my comprehension. So, I had no other choice but to carefully and cautiously abbreviate this tafseer. So, my journey began in 2006. It went through many stages that I don't want to dwell on now and finally ended up in the form that you have in front of you today, a condensed version of ar Razi where I dwell on what everyone understands and enjoys without detracting from the soul of this tafseer; and this is rhetoric, speech styles and vocabulary, quoting examples and spiritual anecdotes and depth. It is a shortened version in the form of question and answers to make it clearer for the student of knowledge. I based this on the technique (of question and answer) that Imam Zamakhshari used in his tafsier: "al Kashaf!", a tafseer that was also essentially consulted by Imam ar Razi himself. 

In this book you will also find an introduction to Imam ar-Razi, my methodology in shortening and editing the tafsier and a brief discussion of Imam ar-Razi's tafsier and his methodology. I also asked Shaykh Sa'eed Fuda, through my Shaykh Jalal for advice and what I should focus on, his reply was - knowing about my focus on tafseer ar Razi, since I was attending his classes in his house - may Allah preserve him -: "Focus on completing the summarized version of tafseer, and on tafseer, as it is one of the sciences that are neglected today."    I called my summary: "Gharfatul Bazi min tafseer ar Razi.”  

I ask Allah to make this useful, amin!


Event Information

Event Date 03-Feb-2024 9:00
Registration End Date/Time 31-Dec-2024
Capacity 200
Registered 163
Available Place 37
Individual Price Free
Location Castlefield - High Wycombe