ABOUT THE BOOK:
This is tafsir is short in its description and it is one of the early abridged versions of the combined works of Imam al-Baydhawi's Tafsir and Imam Zamakhshari's Tafsir al-Khashshaf. He left much of Khashaf Mu'tazili opinions and took much of his lexicon and desriptive analysis of the verses. As such he rendered and kept of his opinions that agreed with that of the Ahl Sunnah. In it the Imam heavily defends the fiqh aspects of the Hanafi madhab and refutes much of those who might have used the verses of Ahkam otherwise. An excellent source for Hanafi and Matarudi students as well as those studying the Lughah aspects of the Qur'an.
This print is based on two manuscripts kept in Syria. It was then compared with the other manuscripts and ppular prints of the book out there. They have added Takhtij to the Ahadith mentioned in the text. The Qur'anic verses are rendered seprately first on top of the page thereafter in the commentary as red colour in. At the end of each volume you can find the index of each verse that has been explained in that volume while in the last volume all the ahadith phrases and statements are reproduced for the purpose of easy reference.
ABOUT IMAM ABU AL-BARAKAT AL-NASAFI:
He was Imam Abu al-Barakat Hafiz al-Din Abd Allah b. Ahmed bin Muhamud al-Nasafi, al-Hanafi. He was born in town called Idhaj, in Samarqand and he died there as well in the 710 hijri. He travelled to Iraq for knowledge and learned much of the scholars and he returned to his home town.
He was an expert on Usul, Fiqh, Kalam, Hadith being an Imam in all those fields. He was ascetic and didn't value much of the world and lived a humble life. He was raised in an envirement of scholarly upbringing. al-Lacknawi called him "The full fletched Imam, head of jurisprudence and Usul, expert in Hadith sciences and its finery" while Ibn Hajar said of him "the expert [scholar] of the world".
Amongst his teachers were the likes of;
- Shams al-A'imah al-Kurdi, Muhammad b. Abd al-Sattar (d. 642),
- Badr al-Din Khawahir Zadah, Muhammad b. Muhamud (d. 651),
- Hamid al-Din al-Dharir, Ali b. Muhammad (d. 666)
and many others. Imam Abu al-Barakat al-Nasafi also had many popular students;
- al-Hussayn b. Ali b. Hajjaj Hisam al-Din al-Safnaqi (d 714),
- Muhammad b. Muhammad al-Jayli.
Some of his popular works include;
--- Madarik al-Tanzil wa Haqa'iq al-Ta'wil (Tafsir al-Nasafi),
--- 'Umdat 'Aqidat Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l Jama'ah,
--- Kashf al-Asrar fi Sharh al-Manar,
--- Kanz al-Daqa'iq (a Hanafi fiqh),
--- al-Manar al-Anwar fi Usul al-Fiqh,
--- al-I'timad fi'l I'tiqad,
--- 'Umdat al-'Aqa'id,
--- al-Wafi, (Furu').
--- al-Kafi fi Sharh al-Wafi,
--- al-Musfa fi Sharh al-Manzumah,
--- al-Mustasfa fi Sharh al-Fiqh al-Nafi',
and many more beneficial works.
Some historians have disagreed on the exact date of his passing but al-Lacknawi and al-Baghdadi, Qutluwbugha and others have accepted the date of 710 Hijri while ibn Hajar believes it to be 701.