Teaching the Qur'an Online and Over Time

"Interpreting the Qur'an"

Tafsir: General Information

Tafsir: Sunni

Tafsir: Shi'a

Tafsir: Ahmadi

Tafsir: Ismaili

Chapter Introductions

The Fatiha

By Chapter

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General Information


• Blogging the Quran http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/quran/

• How is Tafseer (Exegesis) Performed ? (Extracted from An Introduction to the Principles of Tafseer by Ibn Taymiyyah ) http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0022.htm

• An Introduction to the Science of Tafseer (Mufti Shafi Uthmani) http://www.quranicstudies.com/article31.html

A Quranic Journal http://www.muhajabah.com/islamicblog/quran-blog.php
[Blog with interpretation of Quranic verses.]

• The Revealed Text: From Tafsir to Deconstruction (S Parvez Manzoor) http://www.algonet.se/~pmanzoor/TABARI.htm
[Review of three books on Quranic interpretation.]

• The Tafsir of Mujahid: The Earliest of Qur'anic Commentaries ('Abd al-Husayn Shahidi Salihi) http://www.quran.org.uk/articles/ieb_quran_mujahid.htm

• The Tafsirs http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp
[Searchable site with Arabic tafsirs; needs Arabic browser.]

• Ulum al Quran: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an (AHMAD VON DENFFER ) http://www.islamworld.net/UUQ/

Tafsir: Sunni


• Al-Tafsir.com (al-Azhar) http://www.altafsir.com/
[Ambitious project publishing online Arabic commentaries under the guidance of al-Azhar University.]

• Ibn ‘Abbas
[Attributed variously to the Companion Abdullah Ibn Abbas (d. 68/687) and to Muhammad ibn Ya‘qub al-Firuzabadi (d. 817/1414), Tanwîr al-Miqbâs is one of the most pivotal works for understanding the environment which influenced the development of Qur’anic exegesis. Despite its uncertain authorship and its reliance on the controversial Isrâ’îliyyat or Israelite stories, Tanwîr al-Miqbâs nevertheless offers readers valuable insight into the circulation and exchange of popular ideas between Islam, Judaism and Christianity during the formative phase of Islamic exegesis.]

• Ibn Kathir
http://abdurrahman.org/qurantafseer/ibnkathir/ [English]
http://www.tafseercomparison.org/index.asp [Excerpts]

• al-Jalali

•al-Maududi, Abu Ala
http://www.tafseercomparison.org/index.asp [Excerpts]

• al-Qurtubi (Sciences of the Qur'an: Selections from the Introduction)
[Includes: Virtues of the Qur'an and its recitation, Seven ahruf and qira'at and the 'Uthmani Codex, The order of the Qur'an, vowelling and divisions, Seeking Refuge and the Basmala; to be published by Dar al-Taqwa.]
http://www.tafseercomparison.org/index.asp [Excerpts]

• al-Shanqiti (Adwaa al-Bayaan) http://www.islamworld.net/ADWAA/

• Syed Qutb (In the Shade of the Qur'an) [surahs 78-114] http://www.islamworld.net/qutb/shade.html

• al-Tabari
[Brief selections.]
http://www.maktabah.org/quran/tafsir/542-tafsir-tabari--.html [downloadable pdf]

• Tafsir al-Jalalayn
[Tafsir al-Jalalayn is one of the most significant tafsirs for the study of the Qur’an. Composed by the two “Jalals” -- Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli (d. 864 ah / 1459 ce) and his pupil Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 911 ah / 1505 ce), Tafsir al-Jalalayn is generally regarded as one of the most easily accessible works of Qur’anic exegesis because of its simple style and one volume length. For the first time ever Tafsir al-Jalalayn is competently translated into an unabridged highly accurate and readable annotated English translation by Dr. Feras Hamza.]

• Yusuf Estes http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php

• Al-Wahidi, ‘Ali ibn Ahmad, Asbab Al-Nuzul

['Ali¯ ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi, Asbab al-Nuzul 'Ali¯ ibn Ahmad al-Wa¯hidi¯ (d. 468/1075), the earliest scholar of the branch of the Qur'anic sciences known as Asba¯b al-Nuzu¯l (i.e. the contexts and occasions of the Revelation of the Qur'an). Al-Wa¯hidi¯ and subsequent scholars aimed to collect and systemize information concerning all the known reasons and contexts for the Revelation of particular Qur'anic verses. This translation by Mokrane Guezzou represents the first accurate and reliable English translation of this seminal work.]

Tafsir: Shi'a (Twelver)

• Abdullah Yusuf Ali's Qur'an commentary, the deletion of the merits of Imams Hasan and Husayn [a], and other changes http://www.al-islam.org/tahrif/yusufali/index.htm

•Al-Mizan An Exegesis of the Qur'an  ( Allamah as-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn at-Tabataba'i) http://almizan.org/Tafseer/index.asp
http://www.tafseercomparison.org/index.asp [Excerpts]

• Muhammad Shirazi http://www.imamshirazi.com/index.html

• Pooya/Ali Commentary (Shi'a) http://www.al-islam.org/quran/
[Click on link to left of page opened.]

• Trends of History in Qur'an (Ayatullah Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr ) http://www.al-islam.org/trends/

• Understanding the Uniqueness of the Qur'an  (Murtada Mutahhari) http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/default.asp?url=khui/bayan.htm

• Zawahir al-Qur'an: The Authority of the Book's Literal Meanings (Ayatullah al-`Uzma al-Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Khu'i ) http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/default.asp?url=khui/bayan.htm

Tafsir: Ahmadi

• A BOOK OF RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE (For Ahmadi Muslims) (Waheed Ahmad) http://www.alislam.org/books/religiousknowledge/title.html

"The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam" (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) http://www.alislam.org/books/philosophy/index.html

Tafsir: Ismaili

• Risala Dar Haqiqati Din [TRUE MEANING OF RELIGION ] (SHABU'D-DIN SHAH AL-HUSAYNI) http://www.ismaili.net/Source/0693.html

Tafsir: Sufi

• Naqshabandi Muhibeen http://www.nurmuhammad.com/Dwnlds/NurMuhammadDownloads.html

• Sufi Qur'an Commentary : Sufi Tafsir (Compiled by Alan Godlas) http://www.uga.edu/islam/suftaf/sufi_tafsir_unicode.html


Chapter Introductions

• Syed Abu-Ala' Maududi's Chapter Introductions to the Qur'an http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/maududi/


The Fatiha

• Fatihah (Chapter 1 of the Holy Quran): Translations in 33 different languages http://www.alislam.org/quran/fatihah_translations.html [Ahmadiyya Muslim Community]

• Abu Rumaysah http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0018.htm

• Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0006.htm

By Chapter


al-Nur (24)

• al-Sa‘di http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/sp.cfm?subsecID=TFS06&articleID=TFS060001&articlePages=1

al-Qaf (50)

• SIGNS OF THE END TIMES IN SURAT AL-KAHF (Harun Yahya) http://www.harunyahya.com/books/faith/kahf/kahf.php


al-Rahman (55)

Ibn Kathir http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0023.htm


Yusuf (111)


• Thirty Three Lessons from Sûrah Yûsuf (Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmân ibn Nâsir as-Sa'dî (d. 1383 AH / n/a CE) http://www.islaam.net/display/display.php?id=806&category=4


al-Ikhlas (112)

• Hisham al-Kabbani http://nurmuhammad.com/NurNabi/tafsirsurahikhlas2.htm
[Naqshabandi view.]

Ikhlas (From Aqidatul-Wasitiyyah' of Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, died 1328 C. E. / 728 A. H. http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0019.htm



Ibn Kathir http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0011.htm


al-Nas (114)

Ibn Kathir http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/quran/0012.htm