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Tafsir Tabari is a classical Sunni Tafsir of the Qur’an. Written by an early Persian scholar Imam Muhammad Ibn Jarir Tabari, this Tafsir was used by famous scholars like Ibn Kathir, Imam Suyuti and others in their own Tafsirs.


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Jaami’ al-Bayaan fi Ta’weel Aayi-‘l-Qur’aan also known as Tafsir Tabari



Imam Muhammad ibn Jareer al-Tabari was born in 224 AH and died in 310 AH, at the age of eighty-six, in the region of Tabaristan.


Method of Explanation

He relied on the views of three generations of mufassireen among the Pious Predecessor, namely the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een, and the followers of the Taabi’een, and he quotes their opinions with Isnaads going back to them. This is an important feature of his book which is not present in many of the books of Tafseer that are in circulation among us. But this feature does not matter to many ordinary Muslims who are not able to research Isnaads and distinguish sound Isnaads from weak ones; all they want is to know whether an isnaad is sound or weak by means of a clear and brief statement to that effect. 


When he has finished quoting their opinions, he states which he thinks is most likely to be correct, then he describes how he reached that conclusion, Muqaddimah fi Usool al-Tafseer (p. 35).



Ibn Taymiyah said: “With regard to the Tafseers that are in circulation among the people, the most sound of them is the Tafseer of Muhammad ibn Jareer al-Tabari, for he mentions the views of the Pious Predecessor  ith proven Isnaads, and there is no bid’ah (innovation) in it, and he does not transmit reports from dubious sources such as Muqaatil ibn Bukayr and al-Kalbi.” Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 13/358


Ibn Khuzaymah said: “I have read it from beginning to end and I do not know of anyone on the face of the earth who is more knowledgeable than Ibn Jareer.” Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’, 14/273




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