Tafsir al-Qurtubi Vol. 4
Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley (translation)
Juz 4: Surah Āli 'Imrān 96 - Surat an-Nisā' 1-23
The tafsīr of al-Qurṭubī is perhaps one of the most compendious of them all and is certainly among the most famous. As its title, al-Jāmi‘ li Aḥkām al-Qur’ān – The General Judgments of the Qur’an, suggests, its main focus is on the rulings and judgments to be found in the Qur’ān. However, in the course of doing that, al-Qurṭubī examines all the relevant sciences necessary, such as the ḥadīth pertaining to the āyahs, events in the sīrah, what the Companions, their Followers and other noted people of knowledge said about the āyahs, essential aspects of Arabic etymology, syntax and usage, copiously illustrated by examples, and much more.
In this volume the author treats the ḥajj, the People of the Book and relations with them, there is a major exposition of matters surrounding the Battle of Uḥud, with the interpolation of an āyah in prohibition of usury, wrong action and forgiveness, the death of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, the immense āyahs on dhikr of Allah in every circumstance and reflection on the creation of the heavens and the earth, and then in Sūrat an-Nisā’ many matters to do with the rights of women, and the laws of inheritance.