Tafseer as-Sa’di – 10 Volumes (Revised Edition)International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH) - KSA
Tafseer as-Sa‘di (Arabic title Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan fi Tafseer Kalaam al-Mannaan) is a contemporary commentary on the Qur’an that is well known in the Arab world.
Drawing on the classical heritage of Qur’anic exegesis, Shaykh as-Sa‘di focuses on highlighting the meanings of verses in a concise yet eloquent and clear style that is accessible to both the well-versed scholar and the ordinary reader. In addition to the simplicity of Shaykh as-Sa‘di's writing, it is also articulate and eloquent. Consequently, for those newly acquainted with Tafsir and those new to Islam, this Tafsir provides an uncomplicated, deep and insightful comprehension into the meaning and explanation of the Qur'an. The uniqueness of this Tafsir is in the style used to explain the Ayat in a way similar to everyday writing, without listing the various prophetic sayings or statements of the scholars of Tafsir, which Shaykh As-Sa'di used as a basis of his Tafsir.
He explains the meanings and rulings indicated by the text without unnecessary elaboration, references to stories and reports of dubious provenance, or introducing ideas that are not relevant to the meaning of the verses. He also avoids detailed discussion of grammar, except in rare instances where it may help to clarify the meaning. His style is to mention what he thinks is the correct interpretation, without referring to other views, except in cases where there is also strong evidence to support the other view.
The changes made in the revised edition (2nd edition - March 2019) of Tafseer As-Sa'di English translation by IIPH can be accessed from the following document:
Title: Tafseer as-Sadi – 10 Volumes
Author: Shaikh Abdur Rahman bin Nasir as-Sa'di
Translator: Nasiruddin Al-Khattab
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH) - KSA
Size: 21.8 cm x 14.8 cm
Year Of Publication: March 2019
Edition Number: 2nd
Weight: 7.05 kg
The author of Tafseer As-Saidi, Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahman ibn Nasir ibn 'Abdullah as-Sa'di was born on the 12th of Muharram 1307H in the town of 'Unayzah in the province of Qassim, in the Najd area of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He lost both his parents when he was a child. His mother died when he was four years old, and his father when he was seven years old.
He started his studies by memorizing the Qur'an, which he finished around the age of twelve. He then engaged himself in seeking different branches of knowledge from the scholars of his city, and those who came to it as visitors. He was very diligent and hardworking in seeking knowledge, and by the age of twenty-three he was already teaching at the same time as he was studying.
Among his famous teachers were:
- Shaykh Ibrahim ibn Hamad ibn Jasir;
- Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abdul-Karim ash-Shibl;
- Shaykh Muhammad al-Amin ash-Shinqiti, the famous scholar of tafsir; and
- Shaykh Salih ibn 'Uthman, the judge of 'Unayzah.
The last of from whom he studied the fields of principles of fiqh, fiqh, tawhid, tafsir and arabic language, and he stayed with him until he died.
The Shaykh was very knowledgeable in the fields of fiqh and its principles, and tawhid and its branches. He was widely read in the various works of Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Al-Qayyim. He was also well versed in the field of commentary of the Qur'an, and he wrote a tafsir of the Qur'an in eight volumes, which he later summarized in a single volume. Among his other works are several books on fiqh, commentaries on ahadith, small treatises on fundamental rules regarding different fields of knowledge, a compendium of his legal opinions (fatawa), and a collection of his sermons in three volumes.
He was quite famous for his noble manners; very humble to both the elderly and the young. He was indifferent to this world and its glory, not caring for rank, power or glory.
He died on the night of Thursday, the 23rd of Jumada ath-Thani 1376H in his hometown of 'Unayzah. May Allah have mercy on him, and give us the benefit of his books and his knowledge. Amin.