All praise is for Allah, Lord of all the worlds, and blessings and peace upon His servant Sayyiduna Muhammad (sall-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), upon his family, his companions, his wives and those who follow them for the best until the Day of the judgment.
New Edition of Tafsir Ruh Al Bayan
The great Turkish Imam and wali of Allah Imam Ismail Haqqi al-Barousawi al naqshbandi (died 1127 AH) wrote tafsir of the quran Ruh Al Bayan Fi Tafsir Al Quran. It is available in 30 volumes.
This tafsir has been widenly accepted by the scholars of Ahlus sunnah, in particular those who have inclination towards tasawwuf.
One can be benifited from this tafsir a lot. However , there are certain daif and mawdu hadith present in it. One thing about which we can be sure is that , Imam Haqqi [ Rh] was ceratinly not aware that these hadith were mawdu, othersiwe he would not have mentioned those hadith in his tafsir.
Recently, Shaykh Muhammad Ali al –sabuni , has publsihed Ruh Al Bayan after removing mawdu hadith.
Shaykh Noor Mohammed kotawli[Pakistan] has found out two such narrations which has been removed from this new edition. There are many other narrations which are absent in the new edition. Those interested can compare these two editions for academic interest.
Imam Ismail Haqqi has mentioned a hadith , narrated by Abu Hurayra (Radiallahutala) that he said: the Prophet (sal allahu alayhi wa sallam) asked Jibraeel ( alayhis salam), O Jibraeel, how old are you? He replied: O Messenger of Allah, I do not know except that in the fourth veil (Ḥijāb) there is a star that appears once every 70,000 years. I have seen it 72,000 times. The Prophet then said: by the Glory of my Lord, I am that heavenly body .
Shaykh Muhammed Ali al – sabuni has deleted this narration from his edition , as it has been agreed and called mawdu by the scholars of hadith.
Another deletion is the statement of Imam Wasti [Rh] which Imam Ismail Haqqi has mentioned while explaining verse 10 of sura 48 [Surat Al-Fath]. Imam Ismail Haqqi writes
“قال الواسطى اخبر الله بهذه الآية ان البشرية في نبيه عارية واضافة لا حقيقة يعنى فظاهره مخلوق وباطنه حق”
Narrated Al wasti: Allah has informed in this verse that the humanhood ( bashariyat) of my prophet (nabi) is temporary and his secret( batin) is haqq ( truth).
This can be seen on the internet edition of tafsir ruh al bayan .
Shaykh Muhammed Ali al sabuni has mentioned in the foreward that he has edited the original Tafsir Ruh Al Bayan and has deleted many mawdu/ unauthentic narrations. However, it would have been better that instead of deleting what Imam Ismail Haqqi wrote, the learned Shaykh Muhammed Ali al –sabuni would have mentioned in the foot note that these narrations are mawdu or not authentic or its origin could not be traced. In this way the coming generation can read what Ismail Haqqi [Rh] wrote.
May Allah help all of us to remain steadfast and die on Islam. Ameen
Abdullah Sabri Chisti
7th Zil Qadah 1430
27th Oct 2009