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Ancient Tafseers Are All Junk
By:Dr Shabbir
Date: Sunday, 18 April 2010, 3:15 pm

Respected brothers and sisters,

Some people claim that Hadith explains the Qur'an. But the huge bushels of 1.4 million Ahadith fail to give us the tafseer of even 10% of the Qur'an.

Then

"All ancient tafseers are unfounded." (Imam Hanbal). Check for yourself the following:

Allama Shibli Nomani, on page 27 of his Seeratun Nabi has given a startling quote of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (780-855 CE, d. 241 AH),

"Three kinds of books are absolutely unfounded, Maghazi, Malahem and Tafseer.” (The exalted Prophet's Battles, Dreams, and Expositions of the Qur’an).

Sounds like a sweeping statement but one can hardly disagree with Hanbal after reading these tafseers even randomly. And they include the stalwarts:
IMAM TABARI
IMAM RAZI
IMAM ZAMAKHSHARI
IMAM IBN KATHIR