Nouman Ali Khan has a gift to simplify the complexity of the Quran in such a beautiful way that the message of the final sacred book resonates with people in everyday life. He provides a full concise commentary of the Quran on his popular Bayyinah TV website. It requires a monthly subscription of $11 Dollars a month.
I am subscribed to Bayyinah TV and am going through all of the chapters. I have decided to start releasing my notes. They cover every verse in the Quran based on Ustaadh Nouman’s commentary. Occasionally, there are verses that Nouman Ali Khan does not cover or does not provide sufficient commentary on, in which case, I refer to other books of Quranic exegesis (tafseer) to derive the meaning. In such cases, I label them by giving the name of the book at the end of the sentence in brackets. Some of these other sources include:
- al-Tafseer al-Muyassar
- Mukhtasar fee al-tafseer/al-Mukhtasar fee al-tafseer (I spell them interchangeably)
- Zubda al-Tafseer
- Tafseer Sa’adi
- Ibn Kathir
- Muhammad Ali Al-Sabuni’s tafseer
- And a few others
The first two are usually the most I use as additional references because the intent of these notes is to keep them short and simple. There are also times when I don’t find Ustaadh Nouman’s commentary convincing and favor other scholars’ tafseer from the list above over him. In such cases, I don’t note down Ustaadh Nouman’s commentary but only include the other scholars’ commentary. However, this occurs only in rare cases.
I initially began this project in order to build a reference for every verse in the Quran for myself and with hopes of using the notes to go over the complete tafseer of the Quran with my kids as well insha’Allah. I wanted to be able to go to any verse in the Quran and understand its general meaning and quickly derive the lessons it holds. Now, I not only want to do this for myself but want others to benefit from it as well.
As for why I chose Nouman Ali Khan, then reasons are as follows:
- He simplifies many of the complex issues in a verse in an efficient manner
- For the vast majority of the time, he sticks to the mainstream Sunni understanding of the Quran
- He summarizes many points of classical tafseer scholars in our history
- He delves into grammar and word meanings to produce some really nice gems which helps increase the beauty of the Quran in the listener’s mind. This is extremely difficult to do in a foreign language yet he pulls it off
- He does a wonderful job showing aspects of coherence in the Quran
- He connects the verses to our modern everyday life and how to implement the message even today
Please note that I did not write down every single detail that Ustaadh Nouman provided for the verses but only that which I personally found intriguing and to highlight the basic message of the verse. I am still going through the lectures and editing the notes so I will release each chapter as soon as I complete it insha’Allah. The list below is what I have completed so far.
These notes are free so please take advantage of them and I hope you can use them to build a strong relationship with Allah’s final book sent to the world and draw closer to Him. Please help share this page with your family and friends.
I initially began with al-Fatihah and al-Baqarah but then decided it would be better to start from the back of the Quran, at least until Surah al-Qaf, after which, I will begin from Surah al-I’mran. I am currently working on the rest of the chapters. As soon as I have them finalized, they will be available as well insha’Allah. If you have any questions, please contact me.
April 2020 Update: I have had some people contact me requesting update on the rest. I try to upload two chapters a week but sometimes it could take longer due to other obligations in my life. Please understand that it takes time to listen, note down, and revise the notes before final publication. Sometimes I have to refer to other books if he is not very clear on certain verses or if it does not make sense to me. In short, I am trying to go as fast as I can with the time that I have available. I would suggest to check this page once a week to see if any new chapters have been uploaded or not. I hope you like them as much as I did while typing them down!
Latest Upload: Surah Al-Mursalat (Feb 13, 2021)
Tafseer Notes from Nouman Ali Khan’s Concise Commentary of the Quran