What are some of the notable classical books of tafsir?

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Last Updated on 16th July 2021

Huzooraa was asked that if a non-Ahmadi Muslim asks an Ahmadi to recommend a tafsir book written by a non-Ahmadi scholar, which tafsir should be recommended to them. 

Huzooraa, in a letter dated 22 July 2019, gave the following reply to this question: 

Tafsirs of all the classical scholars are fine. For your information, I am writing the names of some of them. There are, for example: 

“1. Tafsir al-Tabari, written in the third century AH. Its full name is Jami‘ al-Bayan fi Ta‘wil al-Quran and it was written by Abu Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Jarir ibn Yazid ibn Kathir al-Tabari. 

“2. Mafatih-ul-Ghaib, a tafsir written in the sixth century AH by Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Fakhruddin ibn Khatib al-Razi which is also known as al-Tafsir al-Kabir. It is an excellent tafsir

“3. Al-Jami‘ li Ahkaam al-Quran, also known as Tafsir al-Qurtubi, a tafsir written in the seventh century AH by the renowned scholar, Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abu Bakr, who is also known as Imam al-Qurtubi. 

“In addition to these, Tafsir al-JalalainTafsir Ibn Kathir and Tafsir ar-Ruh al-Ma‘ani are good and worthy of being studied.” 

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