Shaikh Hafidh Ibn Kathir (Rahmahullah)

    He was Hafidh Abul Fida Ismail ibn Abi Hafs Shihabuddin Omar ibn Kathir ibn Daw ibn Kathir in Zar` the Quraishite – originally from Busra (Syria) – and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi`ee school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 701 AH 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. He wrote one of the most authentic
and accepted explanations of the Quran and was famous for his understanding
of the Quran.  The following are amongst his most prominent:

The epistle of Jihad  The author of Manhal says that Ibn Kathir died on Thursday, the 26th of Sha`ban in the year 774 AH. May Allah be pleased with him. Ameen.