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Ibn Kathir

Category: Biography
[Biographical Notes in 'Reliance of the Traveller', Noah (Nuh) Ha Mim Keller, USA: Sunna Books, 1991 CE, Biography x165 (pg. 1056) ]

Ibn Kathir (Introduction) is Isma`il ibn `Umar ibn Kathir ibn Daww ibn Dara`, Abu al-Fida' `Imad al-Din, born in 701/1302 in a village outside of Damascus, where he moved with his brother at the age of five. He later travelled in pursuit of Sacred Knowledge, becoming a principle Shafi`i scholar, hadith master (hafiz), and historian who authored works in each of these fields, though he is perhaps best known for his four-volume Tafsir al-Qur'an al-`Azim [Commentary on the Mighty Koran], which reflects its author's magisterial command of the sciences of hadith. He died in Damascus in 774/1373 (al-A`lam (y136), 1.320).

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