A Study of Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr

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A Study of Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr

About the Course

A special advanced course designed for ʿulamā and advanced students who wish to learn advanced studies in exegesis. The course will cover a particular kitāb of tafsīr. This course will cover the famous Tafṣir Ibn Kathīr which has been chosen specifically and carefully with the objective of developing the student in the science of tafsīr b-il-ma’thūr and tafsīr al-Qurān b-il-Qurān

                          Course Team

Course Team

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia

(Founder, Darul Qasim, Chicago, USA)

Shaykh Abdur Raheem Limbada

(Senior Lecturer, Tafseer Raheemi, UK)

Instructor at Al Balagh Academy, Mufti Syed Waliullah Abrar Qasmi

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah

(Lecturer of Hadīth, Tafseer, Islamic Jurisprudence, Abu Bakr Trust Walsall)


20 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 6 Months

Weekend Sessions

Video Recordings Available

Mobile App

Live Q&A


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Starts on 26th September 2020

Course Fee

Pay in Full: £79.99 £29.99 (Early bird 60% scholarship available on this course)

Pay in 6 Installments: £4.99 per month

Registration Deadline

Registrations are accepted for next two weeks.


Al Balagh Scholarship

AlBalagh Scholarship is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.

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Classes in this Course



Sūrah ar-Room – Sūrah al-Jathiya

Saturday 2:00 to 3:30PM BST
(Every Week)

Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah



Sūrah Yusuf

Saturday 2:00 to 3:30PM BST (Monthly Once)

Shaykh Amin Kholwadia



Sūrah Yasin

Saturday 2:00 to 3:30PM BST (Monthly Once)

Shaykh Abdur Raheem Limbada

Course Overview

Tafṣir Ibn Kathīr– This is the most popular of all Tafsir bi-l-Mathūr tafāsīr. It is known as the second book after Tafsīr al-Ṭabarī. It is recognised more so because of its many narrations from the early mufassirīn amongst the salaf. It contains many prophetic traditions and āthār of the companions (ra). There are commentaries expressing jarḥ wa al-taʿdīl of narrators, concluding which aḥadīth are munkar and ṣaḥīḥ. The approach is such that there is mainly emphasis of exegesis of the verses through other tafsīr of verses (tafsīr al-Qurān bi l-Qurān).

Ismāʿīl ibn ʿUmar Ibn Kathīr al-Damashqī (701/1300- d. 774/ 1373) also known as Abū alFidā’a also was a highly influential historian, exegete and scholar during the Mamluk era in Syria. An expert on tafsir (Quranic exegesis) and faqīh (jurisprudence). He wrote several books, including his al-Bidāya wa al-Nihāya book history.

His books became popular during his lifetime, and people benefited from them after his death. had the honorary title of ʿImād adDīn. He was born in Mijdal, a village on the outskirts of the city of Busra, to the east of Damascus, Syria, and was taught by Ibn Taymiyya and Al-Dhahabi.

This course will not just map out the chronology of how writings of tafsīr developed throughout Islamic history, but how each science developed their own hermeneutical approach to the Qurān. The course will present a different book of tafsīr every week, beginning with the most earliest to the more contemporary works in tafsīr.

Immerse yourself in this great opportunity in gaining a broad and deep understanding of Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr that has been pivotal in this science and learn the benefits, strengths and gaps that exist in this extraordinary kitāb and its authors approach.

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Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to:
  • Examine and analyse the book of Tafsīr by Ibn Kathīr
  • Explain the key concepts discussed in this Tafsīr and its applications in view of the sciences of the Qur’an and exegetical approaches through study of diverse concepts.
  • Evaluate and differentiate the opinions held by the author with other Qur’anic Exegesis and exegetical approaches.
  • Identify and explain exegetical methods and approaches, and examine the different opinions held by scholars on Qur’anic sciences, proofs and value.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Understand and examine Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr
  • Define and analyse key concepts discussed in this Tafsīr and its applications in view of the sciences of the Qur’an and exegetical approaches through study of diverse concepts.
  • Compare and evaluate opinions held by the author with other Qur’anic Exegesis and exegetical approaches.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and explain the different exegetical methods and approaches, and examine their differences, proofs and value.

 Course Details

The Tafsir course will be delivered via two different schedules; 
  • Weekly: The weekly classes will be delivered by Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah. 
  • Monthly: There will be two different monthly classes delivered by Shaykh Abdur-Raheem Limbada and Shaykh Amin Kholwadia.
 Live Class Timing
The details of the weekly schedule is listed below:
Orientation Day: Sunday, 20th September 2020
Class (Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah): Sundays, 8:30PM-10:00PM BSTThe details of the monthly schedule of classes is listed below;
Class (Shaykh Abdur-raheem Limbada): First Saturday of Every Month, 2:00PM-3:30PM BST
Class (Shaykh Amin Kholwadia): Third Saturday of Every Month, 2:00PM-03:30PM BST 
NOTE: There will be one monthly class by Shaykh Amin Kholwadia and Shaykh Abdur Raheem Limbada each alternatively, and the regular weekly classes will be delivered by Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah.
The course aims to study the life of the Author and summarise and analyse the key Learning points from his life and works. It will examine the following chapters of the holy Qur’an in detail  in the light of Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr Kitāb:
  1. Sūrah Yusuf
  2. Sūrah Yasin
  3. Sūrah ar-Room
  4. Sūrah Luqman
  5. Sūrah as-Sajdah
  6. Sūrah al-Ahzab
  7. Sūrah Saba’
  8. Sūrah Fatir
  9. Sūrah as-Saffat
  10. Sūrah Sad
  11. Sūrah az-Zumar
  12. Sūrah Ghafir
  13. Sūrah Fussilat
  14. Sūrah ash-Shura
  15. Sūrah az-Zukhruf
  16. Sūrah ad-Dukhan
  17. Sūrah al-Jathiya

On the successful completion of the course, the students will be awarded with the academy certificate signed by Shaykh Mustaqeem Shah, Shaykh Abdur-Raheem Limbada and Shaykh Amin Kholwadia.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?

Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

Is it mandatory to attend live sessions?

We always encourage attending live sessions among students, but it is by no means compulsory for technical course progress of the students.

I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

You can access the Discussion board on myAlbalagh or discuss via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will mediate your queries back and forth to the course instructors.
When will the final exam be held?
The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.



Will I get notification for live sessions?

All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.

Can I download the recordings and watch it offline?

You can download recordings and PPT of the course sessions from the MyAlBalagh mobile App for all the enrolled courses.The recordings will be available for students after 48 hours of the live session.

Do I get marks for watching course recordings and presentations?

There are no additional marks for watching the course recordings. Only the module Assessments and the final exam add up to the final score.You can check the individual scores of your Assessments under the Progress tab of MyAlBalagh.

I missed a live session. Can I get the video recordings?

If you are unable to attend a live session or have missed it, you can view recorded sessions on your course dashboard. You can access all the completed Recordings, PPT and assessments anytime.



How do I interact with my classmates?

You can use the Discussion Board to connect with other course students as well. Furthermore, you can interact with your classmates on our Whatsapp Group exclusive for the course students.

How long will I have access to the online course?

You will have access to the online course content for up to 2 years. If you want lifetime access, contact our admin team via Email at [email protected].

I am facing trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?

In case you find any trouble accessing your account, then please contact us immediately. Our student support team will ensure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.



Does Al Balagh Academy issue certificates?

Yes. Al Balagh is a UK based NGO Academy issuing our Academy certificates for all our courses, with an exception of a few university accredited courses.



When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a graded and timed exam.



What is the eligibility criteria for Scholarship?

Please visit our scholarship page for more details. (Hyperlink AlBalagh Scholarship page)

If you are still facing issues, kindly contact our helpdesk team at [email protected].
Download MyAlBalagh mobile app from Playstore or Appstore to play or download (for offline viewing) all the completed recordings and PPT.


When will I have access to the online course material?

Upon successful enrollment, you will get access to myAlbalagh (our online learning portal) within 24 hours.

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