The Beautiful One whom I adore
Has pitched His royal tent inside of you,
So I will always lean my heart
As close to your soul
As I can.
This Quranic commentary was for 700 years the most read, taught, copied and commented-upon of all tafsir in Islam with more than 1,400 surviving manuscripts in the libraries of the world. Nasir al-Din Abdullah b. Umar al-Baydawi (d. 1308 or 1316) was a Persian Shafi jurist and judge who authored books on law, poetry and Sufism. This is the first translation into English of the first Hizb (verses 1:1 to 2:74) – the first 60th of the Qur’an.
Osman Bakar, Professor at the Darussalam University, Brunei, says, “Tafsir al-Baydawi deserves to be treated as a best seller of all times ever since its publication seven centuries ago. It is in the light of this reality that the importance of Dr Haddad’s present work needs to be understood and appreciated.”
Gibril Fouad Haddad is Senior Assistant Professor in Applied Comparitive Tafsir at Brunei University, Darussalam. He lectures worldwide, has authored 40 books and was listed in the inaugural edition of the ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’.
Dr Haddad is a student of Mawlana Shaykh Hisham and was a student of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim.