For the first time, the first volume of the English translation of the famous work, Taysir al-Karim ar-Rahman fi Tafsir Kalam al-Minan, better known as Tafsir as-Sa’di is available. Tafsir as-Sa’di is well-known in the Arab world for its simple style and ease of reading, which is why it is read by many to help them understand the meaning of the Qur’anic verses.
Shaykh ‘Abdullah b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz b. ‘Aqil, who was the former president of the Permanent Commission of the Supreme Judical Council in Saudi Arabia and a former student of the Shaykh, said the following concerning this book:
“This exegesis of the Qur’an is distinguished in its simplicity and clarity. It has been written in an eloquent style and contains no undertones or hidden meanings. It concentrates on conveying the intended meaning of the verses with utmost clarity through the use of concise and clear phrases that can be understood by all who read it, irrespective of their level of education. It is so effortless to understand that a single read allows one to comprehend it. The Shaykh has also taken care of ingraining in it the creed of the pious predecessors, the legistlative rulings, the asic principles, and the benefits of jurisprudence, as well as mnay other benefits, which are not found in some other commentaries. Additionally, the Shaykh emphasis on explaining the verses of the Attributes [of Allah] according to the creed of the pious predecessors.”
Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaymin, a former student of the Shaykh and a great scholar on his own, said the following concerning this book:
“This book is among the best commentaries [of the Qur’an]. It stays away from mentioning the different opinions, except where the differences are strong and their mention is needed. This is a merit for the reader in that his understanding will be established on one thing. It also follows the way of the pious predecessors in explaining the verses of the Attributes [of Allah] without deviation or interpretation that contradicts the intent of Allah’s words. I advise every individual who seeks the books of tafsir and commentary to ensure that his library is not dispossessed of this valuable commentary.”
Shaykh Abd ar-Rahman b. Nasir as-Sa’di was one fo the foremost prominent scholars from the Arabian Peninsula. He was born in the city of ‘Unayzah, Saudi Arabia, in the year 1309 AH (1885 CE). He began studying Islam at an early age. He excelled in his studies to such an extant that his fellow students asked him to tutor them; thus, not only was he a student, but he was also a teacher at the same time. He studied various Islamic sciences and disciplines from some of the leading scholars of that area, as well as some famous visiting scholars. He authored many works, which are in print today. Shaykh as-Sa’di passed away in the year 1376 AH (1956 CE) at the age of 69, and was buried in the city of ‘Unayzah.