Translated By Tamir Abu As-Su'ood Muhammad
Paperback 106 Pages
Published By Dar Al-Manarah For Translation, Publishing & Distribution , El-Mansora - Egypt
This Book Compiled from the Works of Ibn Kathir.
Jesus the Miracle Baby, The Prophet of Allah his Second Coming are amongst many of the issues discussed in this book.
As well as prophethood and apostleship, Jesus was honoured with many other great qualities and characteristics. The Quran says, with reference to his honour :
'Remember when the angels said, 'Allah is giving you the glad tidings of a word from Him, whos name shall be Masih, I'sa (Jesus) alayhis salaam, Son of Maryam (Mary), honoured in this world and in the Hereafter and from the rank of those close to Him.' TMQ 3/45.
Imam Ibn Kathir adds, 'Jesus rank was extremely high in this world and also in the hereafter. Jesus was given the Injil (Gospels) and the power to cure the leper and the blind and to bring back to life those who had already died, he was also helped by the angel Gabriel on many occasions.' All this was part of worldly honour. He was also endowed with great wisdom and knowledge, as the Quran says:
'And Allah will teach him the book and wisdom and Torah and Injeel (Gospels).' 3/48.
'Then Allah says, 'O Jesus, the Son of Maryam (Mary)! Recount my favour upon you and your mother, when I strengthened you with the angel Gabriel so that you speak to people in childhood and maturity and when I taught you the book and wisdom and Torah and Injeel.' 5/110.
Imam Ibn Kathir(d.774/1352) has said, in explanation of this verse that Isa (Jesus) was given the talent of writing and that Al Kitab in this verse actually means Al Kitabah, which refers to writing ,as it is a noun in the meaning of its verb, and this would signify that Jesus was not unlettered.
About Imam Ibn Kathir
He was Emaad Ed-Deen Isma'eel Ibn 'Umar Ibn ibn Katheer , originally from Busra (Syria) and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi'ee 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:
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'ee scholars: a list of scholars following the Imam, Extraction of the traditions of Tanbeeh (a Shafi'ee 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 Saahs 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.
Many of These have been translated into the English Language (Even though some are Abrdged Translations),
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 (Heavenly Garden) .