A STUDY OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF SELECTED MUSLIM SCHOLARS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAFSIRIN IN NORTHERN NIGERIA FROM 1970 – 2010

ABSTRACT
The research is “A study of the contributions of selected Muslim scholars to the development of Tafsir in Nothern Nigeria from 1970-2010”. Among the research objectives is to evaluate the methodology and impact of some selected Mufassirun in Muslim areas.Also, to identify styles and methodolgy of reform and impact of the scholars teachings through Tafsir, its also to identify solution(s) to the stated problems of Tafsir through the study of the activitiesof the personalities understudy. The selected scholars for the study are; Shiekh Sidi Attahir Ibrahim, Sheikh Ja‟afar Mahmud Adam, and Sheikh Muhammad Awwal Abba Aj. The research discussed their methodology in Tafsȋ r, their sources, the establishment of their Tafsȋ r circles, how people view their Tafsȋ r, the area of emphasis of each, their role in reforming Ummah, their contributions towards peace between muslins and non-Muslims.The challenges encounteredd in the process of desserminating of Tafsir.The lessons to be learnt in their contributions,among others.In the process of carrying out this research, the instruments used for collecting data include; Radio cassettes, audio and video CD‟s plates, interviews with the families of the scholars as well as their students. The researchfound out their contribution in all sectors, such as religion, social, economy, education, peace and unity, among others, through their Tafsȋ r. Summary, recommendations and conclusion were also being provided at the end of the research.


CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful. All thanks areto Allah (SWT), the Creator of the universe, Who revealed the ultimate guidance, the Qur‟an. May the peace and blessings of Allah be unto the seal of Prophets, Muhammad (S.A.W.) who demonstrated exemplary life and therefore became unique model for all ages. Similarly, may the Almighty Allah continue to spray His blessings on the companions of the Prophet (SAW), his household and family for their steadfastness and commitment to the success of the Prophet‟s (SAW) mission.

Allah (SWT) in His infinite mercy after the creation of man and decreeing man to dwell on the earth, He promised to reveal guidance to man for him to know His Creator and create peace with Him so that he could control his environments and reap from the abundant endowments that he is blessed with. Allah says:
Whoever works righteousness whether male or female, while is true believer, verily to him We will give a good life and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.(al-Nahl:97)
The comprehensive and encompassing nature of the Qur‟an invites to mastery and proficiency. In this regard, Almighty Allah (SWT) endowed His Prophet (SAW) with the faculties of reasoning and comprehension. Eventually, He commanded him to explain and clarify the message of the Qur‟an. The Qur‟an commands:
With clear signs and we have sent down the reminder to you (Muhammad) so you may explain to mankind as to what was sent down to them so that they may think about it. (al-Nahl:44).
The Qur‟an as a book of guidance is categorized into three segments.There is the aspect explaining the concept of Tauhid and this constitutes one-third of the Qur‟anic message.Such chapters and verses discuss about the Creator, His nature and attributes. They also emphasize His absolute right to be worshippedalone. The second aspect explains the rules and regulations of the religion and life. The third aspect is about the historic events as they affected the preceding generations. Their behaviors towards the Prophets (AS) were extensively discussed to serve as lessons for the later generations. Therefore, the presentations of the Qur‟an on the said segments require expertise for analysis. At times, the Qur‟anic approach presents its instruction in detail or general term while it addresses few. In some situations, its manner of instruction is in restricted term while it is addressing many. In some instances, it presents its facts in a clear and unambiguous manner. On the other hand, there are submissions that seem to be ambiguous.. In view of this, the Prophet (SAW) would explain, interpretes the contents of the Qur‟an to his followers.

The Ṣ ahabah who were always in the company of the Prophet (SAW) became inquisitive and keenly interested to know more about the Qur‟an. Abu abd al-Rahman al-sulami (d.75AH) reported that whenever people like Usman Ibn Affan, Abdullahi Ibn Mas‟ud and others learnt ten verses of the Qur‟an from the Prophet (SAW), they would not proceed further until they had understood whatever ideas and regulations those verses contained. They used to say “we learnt Qur‟an, and studied its ideas and injunctions all together “Ibn Taymiyyah (2011:18)The knowledge that the Sahabah acquired from the Prophet (SAW) made them to qualify to interpret the Qur‟an. .It suffices to say that Allah (SWT) had ascertained their faith as correct and their actions as worthy of emulation when He declares.....

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Item Type: Ph.D Material  |  Attribute: 225 pages  |  Chapters: 1-5
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