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What is the Best Commentary on the Quran?

A questioner asks what is the best commentary on the Quran? It is a common question many people ask. Dr. Shabir explains.

One particular commentary isn’t the absolute best because it depends on your needs. So different commentaries are good for different purposes.

If you are interested in the traditional tafseer then the Tafseer of ibn Kathir is the best. This has been translated into English but it is summarized version.

If you are looking for a more modern tafseer then the one done by Mufti Muhammad Shafi is available in 8 volumes.

If you are looking for a more rational tafseer then you can check out the one produced by Muhammad Asad. This is in one volume and is very useful in capturing the essence of the traditional tafseer.