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Sh. Khaled al-Sabt (may Allah reward him) writes [1]:

“And Abu Shamah [al-Maqdisi] –may Allah have mercy on him- (d. 665H) authored his book “Al-Murshid al-Wajeez fi ‘Uloom Tata’alaq bil Kitab al-‘Azeez” [2] in which he discusses specific topics of this Science (i.e. of ‘Uloom al-Quran), without delving into others, and it has been published.”

The Shaykh comments about Abu Shamah’s book elsewhere saying [3]:

“And had he continued and covered the other topics he left out, using the same methodology he followed with the topics he discussed, then that book of his would have been the book which none [of the other books in that field] could compete with, due to his verification, accuracy [of what he presents], and proper examination [of its topics]!

However, he chose to cover just the crucial topics in that field which are normally brought up by heretics in the past and present [who wish to attack the Quran].

How much I wished he would have covered the remaining topics, and I think that if he had done so, his book would have sufficed from many of the other books written about the Sciences of the Quran, and would have been a book of the utmost thoroughness and examination.

And Allah knows best.”


[1] Kitab Manahil al-Irfan lil Zarqani: Dirasah wa Taqweem – Sh. Dr. Khaled b. Uthman al-Sabt

Dr. Khaled al-Sabt

[2] Abu Shamah’s book downloadable from al-Waqfeya:

Al-Wajeez Cover


[3] Lecture given by the Shaykh about the Sciences of the Quran (‘Uloom al-Quran)


Ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

"I am certain that there has not been authored in Islam [a Tafseer] equal to the Tafseer of Baqi ibn Makhlad, neither the Tafseer of Muhammad ibn Jarir, or anyone else" [1-5]


[1] Nafh al-Teeb 2/519

[2] The above quote is in relation to unconfirmed news which came out in late November 2014 that a manuscript of the Tafseer of Baqi, thought to be long lost, was found in Turkey.

[3] Imam al-Dhahabi said about Baqi ibn Makhlad (may Allah shower him with Mercy): “He was an Imam, a Mujtahid, righteous, godly, truthful, sincere, a head when it comes to knowledge and action, none of his contemporaries were like him. He used to issue his fatwas based on the Athar (reported traditions), and did not imitate anyone”. He also said about him: “Through Baqi ibn Makhlad and Muhammad ibn Wadaah Andalusia turned into a land of Hadith”.

Imam al-Dhahabi also said of him: “Abu Ubaidah states that: Baqi used to complete the recitation of the Quran every night, in 13 Rak’ahs of night prayers. He used to pray 100 Rak’ahs during the daytime, and observes constant fast. He participated plenty in Jihad, and it is nararted about him that he participated in 72 battles”.

May Allah have mercy on him

قال الذهبي أنه: «ببقي بن مخلد، وبمحمد بن وضاح صارت الأندلس دار حديث»، كما قال عنه: «كان إمامًا مجتهدًا صالحًا، ربانيًا صادقًا مخلصًا، رأسًا في العلم والعمل، عديم المثل، منقطع القرين، يفتي بالأثر، ولا يقلد أحدًا.» ـ

نقل الذهبي أيضا عنه: ذكر أبو عبيدة صاحب القبلة قال : كان بقي يختم القرآن كل ليلة ، في ثلاث عشرة ركعة ، وكان يصلي بالنهار مائة ركعة ، ويصوم الدهر . وكان كثير الجهاد ، فاضلا ، يذكر عنه أنه رابط اثنتين وسبعين غزوة

[4] Ibn Katheer (may Allah shower him with mercy) said in al-Bidaya wa al-Nihaya 11/94: Baqi ibn Mikhlad ibn Yazeed, Abu Abdurahman al-Andalusi, the Hafiz and one of the scholars of the west. He authored: "Al-Tafseer", "Al-Musnad", and "Al-Sunan wa Al-Athaar", which Ibn Hazm favored over the Tafseer of Ibn Jareer, the Musnad of Ahmad, and the Musanaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah, and what was claimed by Ibn Hazm is disputed.

قال ابن كثير في البداية والنهاية : بقي بن مخلد بن يزيد أبو عبد الرحمن الأندلسي الحافظ أحد علماء الغرب له " التفسير " و " المسند " و " السنن والآثار " التي فضلها ابن حزم على تفسير ابن جرير ومسند أحمد ومصنف ابن أبي شيبة وفيما زعم ابن حزم نظر.

[5] Benefited from:

قال ابن حزم : "أقطعُ أنه لم يُؤلَّف في الإسلام مثل تفسير بقيّ بن مخلد، لا تفسير محمد بن جرير، ولا غيره ! "ـ

نفح الطيب ٥١٩/٢


Narrated Ibn Umar: Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The example of the person who knows the Qur’an by heart is like the example of [the owner of] tied camels. If he keeps them tied, he will keep hold of them, but if he releases them, they will go away." (Bukhari & Muslim)

قَرَأْتُ عَلَى مَالِكٍ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَ: «إِنَّمَا مَثَلُ صَاحِبِ الْقُرْآنِ كَمَثَلِ الْإِبِلِ الْمُعَقَّلَةِ، إِنْ عَاهَدَ عَلَيْهَا أَمْسَكَهَا، وَإِنْ أَطْلَقَهَا ذَهَبَتْ»


Camel in Desert

Sh. Ahmad Fareed (May Allah preserve him said) [1]:

Allah [Exalted is He] praised his Messenger [Blessings and Peace of Allah upon him] and said: {And verily, you are on an exalted standard of character (and sublime morality)} [Al-Qalam 68:4]

Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him and his father] said [commenting on this verse]:

“[Allah is saying that] You [Muhammad] are upon an exalted and sublime Religion, which no Religion is more beloved to Me than it or more pleasing to Me from it, and it is the Religion of Islam”

So Allah –the all Mighty- made the Religion in its entirety composed of: manners, character, and morals. So whoever surpasses you in morals and character has surpassed you in Religion.

Al-Hasan (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said [commenting on the verse]: [An exalted standard of character which] is the Characters and Manners of the Quran.

Ibn Al-Qayim (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said: You are upon the exalted standard of character which Allah has favoured you with in the Quran.

It was reported that Sa’d ibn Hishaam ibn ‘Aamir, when he came to Madeenah and went to Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her and her father) and asked her about some matters. He said: O Mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah.

She said: Do you not read the Quran? I said: Of course.

She said: The character of the Prophet of Allah was the Quran.

He said: I wanted to get up after that and not ask about anything else.

Al-Nawawi (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said: “[His character being the Quran] entails acting upon the Quran, stopping at its boundaries and adopting its morals. Taking admonishment from the stories and examples [of the people before], contemplating upon its verses, and reciting it in the best of manners”.


[1] Al-Tarbiya ‘ala Manhaj Ahl Al-Sunnah wa Al-Jamaa’ah p. 123-124



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Arabic Narration:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُقَالُ لِصَاحِبِ الْقُرْآنِ اقْرَأْ وَارْتَقِ وَرَتِّلْ كَمَا كُنْتَ تُرَتِّلُ فِي الدُّنْيَا فَإِنَّ مَنْزِلَكَ عِنْدَ آخِرِ آيَةٍ تَقْرَؤُهَا

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In this video, Dr. Ayman Swayd discusses how the people have taken the Noble Qur’an as a form of entertainment and chanting, and have forgotten the purpose behind it and the importance of contemplating on its meanings.

Shaikh Mohammed Ibn Saleh Al ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah shower him with mercy) speaks about the times when it is recommended to recite Ayat Al-Kursi (Al Baqara 2:225).

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