Shaykh Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad visited Ebrahim College on Saturday 8th October 2016 to launch his recent first critical edition and translation of Abd Allah b. ʿUmar b. Muhammad b. ʿAli al-Baydawi’s first juz of Anwar al-Tanzil wa-Asrar al-Taʾwil (The Lights of Revelation and the Secrets of Interpretation). The first book-length study in English on the first Ḥizb of Tafsir al-Baydawi, a 900-page work to be published jointly by UBD Press and Beacon Books (UK).
Imam al-Baydawi RH, was a respected and prolific expert on Qurʼanic exegesis and Islamic law, jurisprudence, and theology in 13th-14th century. His major work is the commentary on the Qur’an
entitled The Secrets of Revelation and The Secrets of Interpretation (Asrar ut-tanzil wa Asrar ut-ta’wil). As a revised and improved version of al-Zamakhshari’s landmark Tafsir al-Kashshaf, Anwar al-Tanzil contains one of the most concise analysis of the Quranic use of Arabic grammar and style to date and was viewed early on as a foremost demonstration of the Qurʾan’s essential and structural inimitability (iʿjaz maʿnawi wa-lughawi) in Sunni literature. Anwar al-Tanzil is important and significant, because of its fame and influence and in Dr. Haddad’s own estimation, this work “became and remained for seven centuries the most studied of all Tafsirs,” and it is to be regarded as one “the most important commentaries on the Quran” and especially in the madrasas (Islamic Seminaries) of Mamluk Egypt and Ottoman Turkey.
This work is ideal for study and research in particular for aspiring Islamic scholars and Quran researchers.
In 1960 in Beirut, Lebanon, Shaykh Haddad was born to a Lebanese Catholic Family. He later travelled to the UK and America to continue his education.
He went on to study for about a decade in Damascus, under many esteemed scholars such as Shaykh Nur Al Din Itr, Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqubi,
He is now an accomplish
Shaykh Haddad has written dozens of books and hundreds of articles. His most recent is “The Muhammadan
Formerly, he taught at the online institute Qibla. Shaykh Haddad currently resides with his family in Brunei, Darussalaa
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