By Ibn Kathir, Translated by Rashad Ahmad Azami, Darussalam, Hardback, 544 pages
In this book, the stories of the prophets have been compiled from ‘Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ (The Beginning and the End), a work by the famous Muslim historian Ibn Kathir.
The stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur’anic Verses and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet (S). Wherever it was necessary, other sources have also been reported for the sake of historical accounts, but in such places, a comparative study has been made to prove the authenticity of the sources.
Ibn Kathir has reproduced the views and interpretations of all the great exegetes of the Qur’an of his time. The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.
About the author:
Ibn Kathīr (ابن كثير) was a highly influential historian, exegete and scholar during the Mamluk era in Syria. An expert on Tafsir (Quranic exegesis) and Fiqh (jurisprudence), he wrote several books, including a fourteen-volume universal history titled Al-Bidaya wa’l-Nihaya.