Is Ibn Katheer a reliable Scholar?

Fatwa #284 Category: Miscellaneous Country: Zambia Date: 14th November 2019
Fatwa #284 Date: 14th November 2019
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: Zambia


اسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Dear molana sahib, is ibn kathir a reliable author?

And is the following book  a good source of information?

”The life of the prophet”


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Ismail Ibn Umar, famously known as Hafiz Ibn Katheer was a reliable scholar from Syria.

He has authored numerous books such as Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Al Bidayah Wa Al Nihaayah, etc. His book on history ranks amongst the most reliable books on the topic.

This book on Seerah is an extract of his famous work on history, Al Bidayah Wa Al Nihaayah. However, we do not have sufficient information regarding the accuracy and appropriateness of the English translation this book.

You may also refer to the following Seerah books:

  1. Seeratul Mustafa (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) by Moulana Idris Kandhelwi (Rahimahullah).
  2. Hayatus Sahabah by Moulana Muhammad Yusuf Kandhelwi (Rahimahullah), translated into English by Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias (Rahimahullah).
  3. Tareekh-e-Millat by Qari Zayn Ul Aabidin (Rahimahullah) and Mufti Intizamullah Shihabi Akbarabadi (Rahimahullah), translated into English by Mufti Abdullah Moolla Saheb (The History of Islam).


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mufti Muhammad I.V Patel


Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli.

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia