About Tafseer al-Jalalain

Question :

The honorable scholar Salih al-Fawzan –may Allaah preserve him- was asked:

What is your opinion with regards to Tafseer al-Jalalain?

Answer :

He responded:

Tafseer al-Jalalain is a brief tafseer (explanation) which was authored by the two haafidhs (great memorizers); al-Haafidh al- Maheli as well as al-Haafidh as-Suyuti.

Both of them were nick-named Jalaluddeen and for this reason it (i.e. their tafseer) was titled al-Jalalain i.e. tafseer of Jalaluddeen al- Maheli as well as Jalaluddeen as-Suyuti. This is because Jalaluddeen al- Maheli passed away before its completion so it was completed by as-Suyuti.

It is a very brief explanation which is simple for the student of knowledge or the beginner to read or memorize. However, from that which is known is that both commentators are upon the creed of the Asha’irah and (incorrectly) interpret the ayaat (of the Quran) pertaining to the Attributes of Allaah as this is the doctrine of the Asha’irah. Therefore, from this angle, it is incumbent to be wary of relying upon their explanation in the ayaat (of the Quran) pertaining to the Attributes of Allaah.

Source: Al-Muntaqaa min Fatawa al-Fawzan (2/79).

Transmitted Benefit: Ibnul Qaadhi al-Miknasi mentioned that Jalaluddeen al-Maheli explained the Quran from the beginning of surtul-Kahf to the end of the Quran in addition to suratul-Faatiha and a small portion of surahtul-Baqarah. The tafseer of what remained from the Quran was then completed by Jalaluddeen as-Suyuti.

Dhurtul-Mihjaal fi Asmaa ar-Rijaal: (2/244).

Compiled By: Noble brother Abu Atiyah Mahmood Bin Muhammed.