Tafseer As-Sa’di translated into English

For the first time in the English language, the complete translated version of the brilliant Tafseer As-Sa’di by Shaykh Abdur Rahman al-Sa’di (teacher of Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen), rahimahumAllaah, is now available courtesy of IIPH.

The Tafseer is known as Tafseer Sa’di but the book’s full name is تيسير الكريم الرحمن في تفسير كلام المنان. This is an excellent introductory Tafseer for beginners or people who want a brief overview of the explanation of the Quran. I haven’t read the new English translation to see how accurate it is against the original Arabic but IIPH usually do a decent job with their translations. The original Arabic version of the Tafseer gives a brief overview of the ayaat while discussing the معنى (meaning) of the words as well as discussing the حكم (rulings) derived from the verses. The shaykh also doesn’t go into خلاف (difference of opinion) of the Tafseer of the ayaats much so as not to confuse the reader. The shaykh also gives a lot of lessons in Tarybiyyah based on the ayaats which are very beneficial.

One concern about having such books translated into the English language is that people will become lazy and not learn Arabic, instead relying on English translations. Although I agree with this sentiment generally and believe a lot of Arabic books SHOULD NOT be translated (especially more advanced books in Fiqh, Tafseer and Usool al-Fiqh or even other branches of Islamic Sciences such as sharh of the books of hadeeth e.g Fathul Bari as they require a certain level of Arabic to even reach that level of comprehension. The person won’t benefit from those books unless they know Arabic and have a background foundation in the Islamic Sciences); I don’t think this applies to the Tafseer of Shaykh Sa’di in particular as it is a beginners Tafseer book and anyone that thinks they will be a mufassir after reading it is deluding themselves.

However anyone that does want to gain a basic overview and Tafseer of the Quran, and doesn’t know Arabic, this Tafseer is recommended along the already available translated English version of Tafseer Ibn Kathir (10 vol abridged version by al-Mubarakpuri). Tafseer As-Sa’di will be available to buy soon inshaAllaah.

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