We should not read tafsirs to learn Islam!!!

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  1. nik61

    nik61 New Member

    I agree with Saif al-Islam. Most "Salafi" tend to read from the Qur'an (and it's tafsir) and also from the Hadith and elaborate it using their own limited knowledge of Islam.
    The tafsir is an important source of knowledge but the "rule of thumb" as always is to learn Islamic knowledge through a scholar (Sunni of course!).
  2. Sword Of Allah

    Sword Of Allah New Member

    Asalamo `alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    Sister tafsirs are very useful and important works for the layman. That being said i do beleive that the best way to learn and study al-quran is the traditional method ya3nee with a shaykh or at a madrassa. But tafsirs provide very useful incite into what is being said in a particular surah or ayat. Sometimes we don't have shaykh's at hand hence reading a tafsir(s) to see what a verse is saying isnt derogitory as Allah Azzuwwajul warns us in al-quran:

    هُوَ الَّذِيَ أَنزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُّحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ

    الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ في قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ

    مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاء الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاء تَأْوِيلِهِ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ

    إِلاَّ اللّهُ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِّنْ عِندِ

    رَبِّنَا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلاَّ أُوْلُواْ الألْبَابِ

    3.7 . He it is Who hath revealed unto thee ( Muhammad ) the Scripture wherein are clear revelations . They are the substance of the Book . and others ( which are ) allegorical . But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue , forsooth , that which is allegorical seeking ( to cause ) dissension by seeking to explain it . None knoweth its explanation save Allah . And those who are of sound instruction say : We believe therein ; the whole is from our Lord ; but only men of understanding really heed .

    [Ale Imran Aya 7]
  3. selma1

    selma1 New Member

    We should not read tafsirs to learn Islam!!!
    [​IMG] Salamun alaikum[​IMG]

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    What is the Qur'an? Translations of the Qur'an

    A number of doubts and objections arise within the young people who read them. Besides, it is unsuitable for those who, like us, have little religious knowledge, to read tafsirs and hadiths to learn Islam. It causes one to lose one's iman if an ayat or hadith is misunderstood or doubted. A tafsir or hadith cannot be understood only by knowing Arabic. He who considers those who know Arabic as savants is wrong. In Beirut and in other places there are many priests whose native language is Arabic and who know Arabic literature well. Yet none of them understands Islam. In a dictionary they published in 1956 and entitled Al- Munjid, they wrote Islamic names incorrectly, even the name of the Baqi cemetery in Medina, and even the death-date of our Sayyid Rasulullah.

    A person who reads a translation of this ayat cannot learn murad-i ilahi (the divine purpose). He learns what the translator has understood according to his level of knowledge. And he who reads the translation written by someone ignorant or by an irreligious translator, learns not what Allahu ta'ala says, but what the translator, who assumes that he understands it, is expressing from his own thoughts

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