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 last but not least how important is tafseer? He will then take us through the tafseer of Juz Amma ( the 30th Juz starting from Surah Naba). Shaykhs Tafseer of Juzz 'amma will be based on his extensive work on the Tafseer Razi.
* 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
Hifdh of Juz 30 (Optional)
At the end of our first tafseer class we will look into hifdh, based on the interest of the students and their willingness to dedicate a sufficient amount of time during their week we will first test the students. During the first two weeks students will be given a task - in relation to memorisation - and they will have to complete these tasks. If they succeed then they will be a part of the memorisation group. A minimum of five verses per week will be required, these verses will be recited together each week in group. The prerequisite is that the students have an ijaza - or attended tajweed courses - in juzz 'amma to start with. The tafseer we will discuss each week will include the five verses they have memorized that week, so that they do not only memorize but also understand the meaning of their memorisation.
When: Saturdays at 10.30am ( Term time only) Venue: Castlefield Community Centre
Due to venue restrictions, capacity is limited to 20 people
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 in itself, 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. No one but 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) wrote a book he called: "Encyclopaedia of Imam Razi's words", which consists of over 700 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 came to the conclusion that there was a lot I didn't 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 Alah 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 Date||25-Sep-2021 10:30|
|Event End Date||22-Jan-2022 11:30|
|Registration Start Date||19-Sep-2021|
|Location||Castlefield - High Wycombe|
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