Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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Tafsir Ibn Kathir
A page from an Arabic manuscript of Tafsir Ibn Kathir
AuthorIsmā‘īl ibn ‘Umar ibn Kathīr
CountryMamluk Sultanate
Published in English

Tafsīr al-Qurʾān al-ʿAẓīm better known as Tafsir Ibn Kathir is the tafsir by Ibn Kathir (died 774 AH). It is one of the most famous Islamic books concerned with the science of interpretation of the Quran.[1] It also includes jurisprudential rulings, and takes care of the hadiths and is famous for being almost devoid of Israʼiliyyat.[1] It is the most followed tafsir by salafist muslims.[2]


Ibn Kathir did not specify the date of his beginning in commentary, nor the date of its completion, but some deduce the era in which he composed it based on a number of evidence; Of which

  • That he composed more than half of the exegesis in the life of his sheikh al-Mazzi (died 742 AH), based on the fact that he mentioned when interpreting Surat al-Anbiya his sheikh al-Mazzi and prayed for him for a long life.
  • Abdullah Al-Zayla’i (died 762 AH) quoted him in his book Takhreej Ahadith al-Kashshaf, which indicates that it was spread before the year 762 AH.
  • It is likely that he finished his exegesis on Friday, 10 Jumada al-Thani 759 AH, when it came in the Meccan version, which is considered the oldest copy.

The status of interpretation and the interest of scholars in it[edit]

  • Al-Suyuti said: “He (i.e. Ibn Katheer) has an interpretation that was not composed according to his style.”
  • Muhammad bin Ali Al-Shawkani said: “He has the famous interpretation, and it is in volumes, and it was collected in Va’i and transmitted the schools of thought, news and traces, and spoke the best and most authentic speech, and it is one of the best interpretations.
  • Ahmed Muhammad Shakir said: “After that, the interpretation of Al-Hafiz Ibn Kathir is the best of the interpretations that we have seen, and the best and most accurate after the interpretation of the Imam of the commentators Abi Jaafar Al-Tabari.”
  • Muhammad bin Jaafar al-Kitani said: “It is loaded with hadiths and narrations with the chains of transmission of their narrators, while discussing them with authenticity and weakness.
  • Abd al-Aziz bin Baz said: ““The interpretation of Ibn Katheer is a great interpretation, the interpretation of Salafi according to the method of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, and if the hadiths are taken care of and their way, and they are attributed to their authors, I do not know of an analogue of it.”[3]


By Darussalam Publications[edit]

According Darussalam Publications, this tafsir divided in 10 volume with 30 parts. Each volume is 9x6" Hardback and has around 650 pages. those are below.[4]

  • Volume 1: Parts 1 and 2(Surat Al-Fatihah to Verse 252 of Surat Al-Baqarah)
  • Volume 2: Parts 3, 4 & 5 (Surah Al-Baqarah, V. 253 to Surat An-Nisa, V. 147)
  • Volume 3: Parts 6, 7 & 8 (Surat An-Nisa, V. 148 to the end of Surat Al-An'am)
  • Volume 4: ~ Parts 8 to 11 (Surat Al-A'raf to the end of Surah Yunus)
  • Volume 5: ~Parts 11 to 15 (Surah Hud to Surat Al-Isra' Verse 38)
  • Volume 6: ~Parts 15 to 18 (Surat Al-Isra', Verse 39 to the end of Surat Al-Mu'minun)
  • Volume 7: ~Parts 18 to 22 (Surat An-Nur to Surat Al-Ahzab, Verse 50)
  • Volume 8: ~Parts 22 to 25 (Surat Al-Ahzab Verse 51 to Surat Ad-Dukhan)
  • Volume 9: ~Parts 25 to 28 (Surat Al-Jathiyah to Surat Al-Munafiqun)
  • Volume 10: ~Parts 28 to 30 (Surat At-Taghabun to end of the Quran)


Edition History
Year Lan Translator Publication Type
2000 Eng Ṣafī al-Raḥmān Mubārakfūri Darussalam,Riyadh Print Book
2000 Eng Ṣafī al-Raḥmān Mubārakfūri Darussalam,Riyadh eBook
2000 Arabic Ṣafī al-Raḥmān Mubārakfūri Darussalam,Riyadh Print Book
2009 Urdu Print Book
2010 Kurdish Ali Haji Abdullah Presi Nawandi Roshnber, Sulaymaniyah Print Book
2019 Telugu Print Book


  1. ^ a b Zayd, Kareem Rosshandler, Abbas Ahsan, Abu; Rashid, Yasien Mohamed, Kayla Renée Wheeler, Hussein; Mitiche, Besheer Mohamed, Amaarah DeCuir, Ahmed Z.; Rustom, Alden Young, Nazar Ul Islam Wani, Oludamini Ogunnaike, Mohammed (1 April 2019). American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 36-2: Spring 2019. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). p. 3. Retrieved 17 December 2022.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Hashas, Mohammed (12 March 2021). Pluralism in Islamic Contexts - Ethics, Politics and Modern Challenges. Springer Nature. p. 84. ISBN 978-3-030-66089-5. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  3. ^ "أفضلية تفسير ابن كثير على تفسير ابن الجوزي". binbaz.org.sa.
  4. ^ "Tafsir Ibn Kathir - ENGLISH (10 Volumes) - Dar-us-Salam Publications". dar-us-salam.com. Retrieved 2020-08-10.