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Best Tafsir of Quran in English:A review of different Quran Tafsir

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                 Best Tafsirs of Al Quran

Reason to review different Tafsirs of Al Quran :

Tafsir of Quran is the commentary or explanation of the verses of Quran. Multiple English translations of the Qur’an, Islam’s scripture, line shelves at book stores. sells more than a dozen. Because of the growing Muslim communities in English-speaking countries, as well as greater academic interest in Islam, there has been a blossoming issues in recent years of English translations. So how accurate are the Qur’an’s renderings into English? The record is mixed. Some are simply poor translations. Others adopt sectarian biases, while some often insert political annotation.Check this to see some Unreliable Tafseers.

Why should we read Tafsir Al Quran?

There are many verses in the Qur’an in which understanding knowledge of linguistic expressions and styles is not sufficient. Rather, they require information about certain expressions because these expressions point to specific meanings Understanding Quran  does not require language only but also a level of intellect in understanding and comprehension which agrees with the level and elevation of the book. The reality of the Arabs when the Quran was being revealed was that not all of them were able to understand the Quran generally and specifically. Rather, they used to differ in their understanding according to their intellectual elevation. Because of that reason the Sahabah’s ability to explain and understand the Qur’an was at variance due to the disparity of their understanding of the Arabic language and also due to the disparity in their intelligence and comprehension.

If You are Looking for A Simple Quran with English translation Side by side You Can Read This :

The Qur’an: English translation and Parallel Arabic text.

Here is a sample Page of this book.The best Part of this translation is that It tells you the meaning in an easy to understand Paragraph format.Unlike Other translations which translate the Verses line by line.This is an interesting read.

quran with English translation



And If you are searching for detailed Tafsir Al Quran in English and you are confused it ,Read the analysis of the writing format of different available Tafsirs .You can get these books online by clicking on the image of the book..

Illuminating Discourses on the Noble Quran (in 5 volumes)

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This is a translation of the nine volume tafsir [exegesis] of the Holy Qur’an “Anwar al-Bayan” by Maulana Ashiq Ilahi al-Barni; one of the great scholars of this century who recently passed away in Madina Munawwara. He had resided there for the last two decades, after having taught in various education institutes around India and Pakistan.

This tafsir is one of the recommended tafsir in one Alimiyyah classes .

Some outstanding features of this tafsir are:

  • It is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand
  • It provides explanation of the Qur’an through the Qur’an, authentic hadiths, statements of the Sahaba, and the exegesis of the great Imams of tafsir;
  • It completely avoids Israelite traditions;
  • The references  are rendered in detail;
  • The contemporary issues discussed;
  • There is discussions on aspects of tasawwuf; Islamic laws elucidated from verses; explanation of the circumstances of revelation; and filled with many words of wisdom and advice.




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Tafheem ul Quran  by Mawlana Sayyid Abu’lA’la Mawdudi is my number one recommendation for any one  wanting to understand the meaning of Quran with zero previous knowledge of any topic on Islam.It is the only book with a modern commentatory rather than the classical tafseer that I have come across.This book is by the trusted Darussalam Publications

Tafhim-ul-Quran (Urdu: تفہيم القرآن‎, “Towards Understanding the Qur’an”) is a 6-volume translation and explanation of the Qur’an by South Asian scholar Abul Ala Maududi. Maududi spent 30 years writing the work; he began in 1942 and completed it in 1972.

Tafhim is derived from the Arabic word fahm which means “understanding”.Tafhim is a combination of orthodox and modernist interpretation and has deeply influenced modern Islamic thought. It differs from traditional exegeses in several ways. It is more than a traditional commentary on the scripture as it contains discussions and debates regarding economics, sociology, history, and politics. In his text, Maududi highlights Quranic perspective and argues that Islam provides ample guidance in all spheres..


This Tafsir Al Quran deals extensively with issues faced by the modern world in general and the Muslim community in particular

Volumes:6 volumes
Price: $123.95
By: Syed Abul A’la Maududi (Tafsir)
Translator: Abdul Aziz Kamal
Pages: 4020



Tafsir Ibn Kathir (10 Volumes; Abridged)

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TAFSIR IBN KATHEER is one of the most complete and comprehensive translation of quran.There is 10 volume in the whole package.However individual books are also available for Purchase.

Tafsir al-Qur’an al-‘Adhim which linked certain Hadith, or sayings of Muhammad, and sayings of the sahaba to verses of the Qur’an, in explanation. It is considered to be a summary of the earlier tafsir by al-Tabari, Tafsir al-Tabari. It is especially popular because it uses the hadith to explain each verse and chapter of the Qur’an.


This is an abridged version which is free from any unauthentic hadeeth.This book is the most trusted one and unianamously recommended by almost all scholars and educational institutions.It uses hadith to explain each verse.

  • Volume:10 volumes
  • Hardcover: 6608 pages
  • by Hafiz Ibn Kathir
  • Publisher: Dar-us-Salam Publications; 2nd edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English

3)Ma’ariful Quran

Maariful Quran [Complete 8 Volume Set]

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Ma’ariful Qur’an (Urdu: معارف القرآن‎; Ma‘ārifu’l-Qur’ān) is an eight-volume tafsir (exegesis) of the Quran written by Pakistani Sunni Islamic scholar Mufti Muhammad Shafi (1897–1976). Originally written in Urdu, it is the most prominent work of its author.

This is also one of the tafsir recommended for student of Deen.

Volumes 1 to 8 (complete set) Probably to be the most comprehensive commentary of the Qur’an in English from traditional sources. These volumes cover an Introduction and commentary of Surat al-Fatiha to Surat al-al-Nas. Translated by Prof Muhammad Hassan A detailed introduction, included at the beginning of the first volume, focuses on some of the basic issues of the Quran. Notable among them are the Wahy, the modes of descent, the chronology of the revelation of the Quran, the first revealed verses (ayah), Meccan and Medinan verses, the preservation of the Quran, the printing of the Quran, the sources of Tafsir, Arabic language etc. The work adopts a simple narrative style: first, several verses are provided in the original Arabic with their literal translation in Urdu; it is then followed by subject-wise discussion on almost every important issue. This narrative technique is repeated until the end. Below is the list of volumes and their contents:

  • The first volume—Sura Al-Fatiha and sura Al-Baqara
  • The second volume – from sura Al-Imran to sura An-Nisa
  • The third volume – from sura Al-Ma’ida to sura Al-A’raf
  • The fourth volume – from sura Al-Anfal to sura Hud
  • The fifth volume – from sura Yusuf to sura Al-Kahf
  • The sixth volume – from sura Maryam to sura Ar-Rum
  • The seventh volume – from sura Luqman to sura Al-Ahqaf
  • The eighth volume – from sura Muhammad to Surat al-Nas.


It is narrative in style and has  subject-wise discussion on almost every important issue

  • Hardcover: 6068 pages
  • Publisher: Farid Book Depot (2010)
  • Language: English

4)Tafsir al Qurtubi

Tafsir al Qurtubi (Vol 1)

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With the first volume of this abridged translation of Imam al-Qurtubi’s al-Jami’ li-ahkam al-Qur’an (“The Compendium of Legal Rulings of the Qur’an”), an important step has been taken towards remedying this situation. It gives English-speaking readers access to one of the great classical commentaries, containing a wealth of authoritative traditional exposition of the Sacred Text. Comprehensive interpretation of the Holy Qur’an requires consideration of every aspect — spiritual, legal, linguistic, social, and others.The basic objective of this . The book is in twelve volumes and has been published repeatedly


This tafsir al Quran deduces juristic injunctions and rulings from the Quran It provides the explanation of verses, researches into difficult words.There is a discussion of diacritical marks and elegance of style and composition

Only one volume has been translated into English and published by Dar al-Taqwa, London

5)Tafsir Al Tabari

Jāmial-bayānan ta’wīl āy al-Qur’ān, popularly Tafsīr al-Ṭabarī (Arabic: تفسير الطبري), is a classic Sunni tafsir by the Persian scholar Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari (838–923). The work is a collective tafsir, very rich in content, and a major source for academic research and historical inquiry.

Tabari has primarily used narratives of the Prophet, including narrations and comments of the sahabah and tabi’in where necessary. He has included linguistics and grammatical explanations to many words.Also knowledgeable in the area of hadith, Tabari carefully indicates the chain of narrations, sometimes elaborating on the trustability of narrators.


Not available online or elsewhere but used in other Tafsirs.

The size of this work and the independence of judgment in it seem to have prevented it from having a large circulation, but scholars such as Baghawi and Suyuti used it largely; Ibn Kathir used it in his Tafsir ibn Kathir.

And Yes, If you want a simple English translation of Quran,go for no other than Abdel Halem’s –The Qur’an (Oxford World’s Classics)

You Can read its review Here

So,We have reviewed the different authentic Tafsirs of Quran and warned you against purchasing the inauthentic and unreliable tafsirs. May Allah guide us all.

JazakAllah Khair.

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Pakistani Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi,ex aetheist to quit acting for Allah and to Spread Islam.

In a video shared by him on Twitter, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about his journey – how he became an atheist when he was 14-15 years old and how science “brought him back” being a theist when he went to the US.

“I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God,” Abbasi said in the video-sharing that his decision is based on 10 years research.

Abbasi, who recently married Naimal Khawar, said that now he will try to shape his life in accordance with Islam and will try to spread across the message through various platforms.

“Being an ‘ex-atheist’, I want to share the answers I have received about God with people. I don’t want to debate or convince people, I just want to share,” he said and added that if he will make any movie or show, then it will be about Islam.

Read –What Allah says to the disbelievers

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babri masjid demolisher now a muslim

Man involved in Babri Masjid demolition now builds mosques to wash away guilt

Do you know that Kar sevak from Haryana who was part of Babri Masjid demolition, now preaches Islam, builds masjids ?He has built 90 Mosque so far.

Aamir, a former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat, Haryana often recalls the fateful day of December 6, 1992, that marked the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, formerly Yogendra Pal, he had vowed to construct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya demolishing the masjid. Today, the two are fulfilling their pledge to renovate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge themselves of their sins.

On December 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayodhya to join thousands of kar sevaks coming from across the country. On December 6 that year, according to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the middle dome.

“We feared that the army might have been deployed in large number. But on ground there was hardly any security, that gave us a boost and we were mentally prepared to demolish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many other kar sevaks from Sonipat and Panipat demolished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

“When I reached my home town Panipat after that I was given a hero’s welcome by the people,” Aamir said.

“But at home, my family’s reaction shocked me. My secular family denounced my actions. I had participated in the kar seva because I felt strongly about it, but I realized later that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I realized that I had taken law in my hands and violated the constitution of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Ref :India Today.

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#Hijabisanidentity- Hijab walk to Stop the discrimination and marginalization of Muslim women and girls.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right in the Ghanaian legal system. To be specific Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution states: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”

Unfortunately, most Muslim women and girls living in Ghana have dealt with individuals who exert their biases and bigotry into institutional cultures. Thus, making it impossible for Muslim women to wear the hijab as part of their religious freedoms stipulated in the 1992 constitution.

The #Hijabisanidentity campaign pushes for the right of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab to be free to do so without intimidation from any individual or institution.

Why do Muslim Woman Wear Hijab.

Recently, an invigilator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams. This latest move sparked a recent social media campaign by Islam advocates dubbed: #Hijabisanidentity

They believe the successful campaign which culminated in a massive demonstration in some regions – North, Ashanti and Accra – will help shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions about the female Muslim identity. On Saturday October 12, Ghanaian Muslim women marched for their right to wear the hijab. The #Hijabisanidentity campaign is still on.

Stop policing Women’s bodies!

My hijab, my CHOICE My choice, my right

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Sinéad O’Connor Performs in Hijab.Says : ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’

Dublin: Singer Sinead O’Connor stepped out in a traditional hijab with her son after converting to Islam in October.

The 52-year-old wore a bright red abaya and matching hijab when she appeared on “The Late Late Show” in Dublin on Friday night, reports ” the sun”

Earlier in the day, she arrived at the studio with her son, 15-year-old Shane Lunny, who looks exactly like his mom.

Sinead was dressed more casually in blue trousers, a matching belted shirt, and a navy cardigan. She complete the look with a dark blue headscarf. Shane carried his mother’s red abaya to the venue.

Shane apart, Sinead is also mother to 32-year-old Jake, 23-year-old Roisin and 12-year-old Yeshua.

In October last year, Sinead announced that she had converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.

”The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.

Ref :”The Sun”

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Archeologists finds the World’s Oldest Rural Mosque in Israel

 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land,

world's oldest rural mosque

The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.

There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.

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Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.

“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.

“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”

Source : Arab news

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4 thoughts on “Best Tafsir of Quran in English:A review of different Quran Tafsir”

  1. Alhamdu liLahi for the beautiful and fulfilling guidance .
    But are these available as free PDF for download on the net ?

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