From the Beginning to the End
Abridged English Translation of
By Imam Ibn Kathir ad-Damishqi
English Translation By Rafiq Abdur Rahman
Hardback 3236 Pages
4 Volumes Set, Thin Cream Paper
Publisher : Darul Isha'at
About The Book
An abridged Engligh translation of the Classical work Al-Bidayah wa'a-Nihayah (The Beginning and the End) or Tarikh ibn Kathir (The history [book of] Ibn Kathir), one of the most comprehensive sources of Islamic history.
This set contains:
- The story of creation and the sending of man upon the earth
- Ummahs (Prophets) of the Past
- Life of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)
- The Lives of the Noble Caliphs
- and Islamic History up to time of the author (768 AH)
- Before and After the last Hour
This book is essentially a History of Muslims from the Prophet Adam (Peace be Upon him) until the author's time.
It describes about Dajjal (The False Messiah), Coming of Imam Mahdi and Isa (A.S.), hereafter, and a detailed description of paradise, hell and it's inhabitants.
An excellent book on Islamic History and the future events based on the Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
About The Author
Abu Al-Fida 'Imad Ad-Din Isma'il bin 'Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi Al Dimishiqi (700-774 AH), originally from Busra (Syria) and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi'i school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 700 AH or little later in an area called Majdal, near Busra, west of Damascus. His father died when he was only four years old and was taken in by his brother and moved to Damascus in 706. Here, he learned from great scholars such as Ibn Asakir, Ishaq ibn Yahya al-Amudi and the great Ibn Taymiyyah who was extremely close to him. He also studied under various other sheikhs who gave him permission in fiqh and Hadith. He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
The following are amongst his most prominent works :
- Tafseer of the Quran,
- Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: a history of Muslims from Adam until Ibn Kathirs time,
- At-Takmeel: a book on the science of Asmaaul Rijal (profiles of transmitters of Hadith),
- Jami'ul Masaneed: a book that collects the Hadith from ten major books of Hadith,
- The classes of Shafi'i scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam,
- Extraction of the traditions of Tanbeeh (a Shafi'i book of jurisprudence),
- The commentary on al-Bukhari (which he did not finish),
- The book of laws (again, he did not complete it),
- The summary to the science of Hadith; a synopsis to the introduction of Ibn Saahi's work,
- Extraction of the traditions to the summary of Ibn Hajib,
- Musnad of the two sheikhs (Abu Bakr and Umar),
- Biography of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam,
- The epistle of Jihad.
Al-Hafiz Ibn hajar Al-Asqalani said,Ibn Kathir lost his sight just before his life ended. He died in Damascus in 774A.H. May Allah grant him Mercy and make him amongst the residents of Jannah.
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