Author: Ibn Kathir Ad Damishqi
Translator: Rafiq Abdur Rahman
Publisher: Darul Ishaat
About the Book:
An abridged English translation of the classical work ‘Al-Bidayah wa Al-Nihayah (The Beginning and the End) also called Tareekh ibn Katheer (The history [book of] Ibn Katheer), one of the most comprehensive sources of Islamic history.
The entire work has been translated except for the numerous repetitions. The chains of transmission have been removed from ahadith and poetry has also been left out.
This book is essentially a History of Muslims from the Prophet Adam (Peace be upon him) until the author’s time.
This set contains:
The story of creation and the sending of man upon the earth
Ummahs of the Past
Life of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)
The Lives of the Noble Caliphs
and Islamic History up to the time of the author (768 AH)
Before and After the Last Hour
It describes Dajjal (The False Messiah), Coming of Imam Mahdi and Isa (A.S.), hereafter, and a detailed description of paradise, hell and it’s inhabitants.
An excellent book on Islamic History and the future events based on the Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
About The Author:
Abu Al-Fida ‘Imad Ad-Din Isma’il bin ‘Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi Al Dimishiqi (700-774 AH), originally from Busra (Syria) and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi’i 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.