Tafseer Ibn Kathir - Quran Tafir - a Masterpiece in Islamic Literature
When the Prophet, (peace be upon him) prayed to Allah for his cousin, Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) to give him the understanding of His Book, it was the beginning of an era of Tafsir. The second generation of the Muslims (Tabiyeen) after the Sahaba, had six focused students who took lessons of Tafsir from Ibn Abbas ( Allah be pleased with him) and conveyed them to the next generations which is now preserved in the books of The Tafsir of Quran.
For the past seven hundred years,Tafsir Ibn Kathirhas held a lofty status on the shelf of Tafaseer.Tafsir means a detailed commentary of Qur’an which includes, the context of the revelation of each Ayat of the Qur’an ( regarding whom it was revealed and for what), Arabic terms which were commonly used when the Qur’an was revealed, relevant hadith which explained the Ayat, quotes of the notable companions and the tabaeen. Tafseer is essential to comprehend the Message of Allah and the laws of Islamic Jurisprudence. There are no less than a few hundred tafseer, some by authentic scholars, some by deviation and some a mixture of authenticity and personal opinions. Tafsir Ibn Kathir is considered to be the most authentic Tafsir of Quran.