Al Bidayah wa al Nihaya

Al Bidayah wa al Nihaya in Bangla

Al Bidayah wa al Nihaya

হাফেজ আল্লামা ইমাম্মুদিন ইবনু কাসীর (রহঃ)

সংক্ষিপ্ত বর্ণনা: This is the famous history book from the well-known Ibn Kathi, who is equally known for his tafsir. The title means “The beginning and the end.”It is an excellent reference on the history of the prophets, seerah, the history of early Islam and the history of al Shaam and Iraq up until the year 768H.

Ibn Kathir is a Shafi’i scholar, who studied under one of the greatest Shafi’i scholars of all time, Abu al Hajjaaj al Muzi. Al Muzi loved him and drew him close to him and even married him to his daughter.
This 10 volume work, along with his tafsir, are the most famous works of Imam ibn Kathir. The title translates as: “The Beginning and the End.” As the name suggests the Imam covers history starting with the beginning of creation and ends with the righteous entering into Paradise and the evil entering Hellfire. Here are some more details:
First he talks about the story of creation based on the verses of Quran and sayings of the Prophet but then he moves on to narrate stories that rely on “al-Isra’eelyyaat”, the stories of the People of the Book. Then he proceeds with the stories of the Prophets (This is what I based my series on the Prophets on).
The next part covers the seerah of Rasulullah. The advantage of his coverage of seerah is that he combines what the scholars of seerah such as ibn Ishaaq, al Waqidi, and Musa bin Uqba wrote along with what the scholars of hadith have included in their books such as Bukhari, Muslim, the four books of Sunan, al Bayhaqi, Ahmad, and al Hakim. This makes his coverage of seerah very comprehensive. The downside is that the story does not flow as it would with the seerah of Ibn Ishaaq for example and there is also a lot of repetition and sometimes there are contradicting narrations. This makes it serve better as a reference than a book to read. This part is translated into English by Trevor Le Gassick. However there are some mistakes that I guess stem from the translator being a non-Muslim and thus because of his lack of understanding of Islam chooses incorrect meanings for words that have more than one meaning.
Ibn Kathir’s coverage of the time of the four Khalifs is detailed and avoids many but not all of the weak and fabricated narrations that exist in the history of al Tabari.
Then he covers the period of the Umayah khilafa. After that his history becomes quite Shaam-centric. Imam Ibn Kathir, in some cases almost conclusively, focuses on the histories of al Shaam (the area encompassed by present day Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan,) Egypt, and Iraq.
What about North Africa, Andalusia, the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian penensula, and other areas of Islam?
There is some talk about North Africa and its relationship with the establishment of the Fatimi dynasty whom Ibn Kathir refers to as liars, and Impersonators, who wished no good for the Muslims (The Fatimids were outwardly Shia and inwardly Ismailis.)
Andalusia gets mentioned but many important events in its history are missing. Ibn Kathir talks about the land of Sind while mentioning the great conquests that occurred on the hands of Muhammad bin al Qasim but then neglects it completely until Mahmud Sabaktakeen arrives on the scene and achieves great victories on the Indian subcontinent. The Arabian peninsula is covered sparsely and when it is, it is mostly about what was going on, or who was ruling in Makkah and Madina. Yemen and Oman are lost in this narrative. And there was absolutely nothing on some areas such as East Africa for example.
Why is that?
Well Ibn Kathir offers an apology somewhere (I cannot recall where at the moment) that he has omitted some parts because of lack of resources.
Now shouldn’t we think about this for a moment?
This great Imam who wrote some of the greatest works lacks resources on some important issues such as the history of Andalusia which made him omit almost 600 years of Muslim history in Spain (Ibn Kathir lived during the 8th hijri century) while we today have all the resources at our fingertips. Modern technology has brought with it a proliferation of Islamic knowledge but where are the ones who would take advantage of that?
Therefore, al Bidayah wa al Nihaayah is an excellent reference on the history of the prophets, seerah, the history of early Islam and the history of al Shaam and Iraq up until the year 768H.
During the period when I was reading these ten volumes I was living with the ummah. The ups and the downs, the victories and the defeats, the righteous and the evil, the just rulers and the tyrants, the scholars, the poets, the worshipers, the military generals, the deviants, the hypocrites, and the enemies.
We have a truly fascinating history.

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  1. ৮ম খন্ড পাওয়ার আশা করছি ইন-শা-আল্লাহ্‌ !!

    জাযাকাল্লাহু খায়রান !!

  2. ৮ম খন্ড পাওয়ার আশা করছি ইন-শা-আল্লাহ্‌ !!

    জাযাকাল্লাহু খায়রান !!

  3. MD.Sakhauddin

    Please upload 8th part

  4. Please upload 8th part.

  5. Bhai 8th part upload koren please…

  6. Eagerly waiting for 8th part. please upload it as as possible

  7. where is the 8th part ? does it even exist ? I am looking for it for a long time but couldn’t find anywhere.

  8. Waiting for the 8th part

  9. please upload the missing part………..
    Jajakallahu Khairan

  10. dewan mizanur rahman(kushum)

    when we will get the 8th part al bidayah wa al nihaya INSHALLAH.

  11. Md. Mahamud Hassan

    we hope for 8th edition ingsha allah

  12. Plz upload the 8th part

  13. solaiman parvez

    অষ্টম খন্ড পাওয়ার আশা করছি ইন শা আল্লাহ

  14. লাবন খান আরিয়া

    please 8th part upload den bhai

  15. ৮ম খন্ড পাওয়ার আশা করছি ইন-শা-আল্লাহ্‌ !!

    জাযাকাল্লাহু খায়রান !!

  16. I am really pleased to get this masterpiece of Ibn Kathir on the net. Pls, make other parts availabe on the net.

  17. Thanks for these part. why you not loading the 8th part. it will be very much useful to us.

  18. Abdullah MD Shahed

    assalamo aliykum. Please Bhai 8th part upload koren.

  19. where is 8th part?

  20. plz upload translated 10-14th part.

  21. why 8th part is not available

  22. vol 4 is not downloading. pls fix the problem.

  23. ৮ম খন্ড পেলাম না

  24. 8th part ki holo???

  25. Armaan Majharee

    ভাই ! মোট আটটি খন্ড আপনি কষ্ট করে আাপলোড করেছেন এজন্য আল্লাহ আপনাকে উত্তম প্রতিদান দিবেন দোয়া করি। এবার কষ্ট করে ৮ম খন্ডটাও আপলোড করে দিন। আপনার জন্য ভিন্ন কিছুর দোয়া করবো।🙂

  26. Misbah Sultana suchona

    we need part 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14..

  27. please upload part 8th.

  28. there is something problem to download part 4 . can you check it please,

  29. Md Emtiaz Ahmed

    4th part is not downloading….plz give me a link & waiting 4 d 8th part

  30. bhai please 8th part ta upload koren

  31. 4th part download kora jay na, plz solve the prob.

  32. plz part 8

  33. good site for Islamic books

  34. good site for Islamic books,wants this site for long tomese.

  35. I have part 8. But how can I upload?

  36. I have part 8. How can l upload it?

  37. ৮ম খন্ড পেয়ে গেছি মাশা আল্লাহ

  38. Mostafizur Rahaman Mashud

    I could not download from part 4-8. can you please arrange the the proper link that I can down load properly. Many thanks for this nice initiative.

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