AL-FAWZ AL-KABĪR – THE GREAT VICTORY
Title: AL-FAWZ AL-KABĪR – THE GREAT VICTORY
Author: Shah Waliullah Dehlivi / Translated by Ṭahir Maḥmood Kiani
Publishing House: Ta-Ha Publishing Ltd. UK
Al-Fawz al-Kabīr fī Uṣūl at-Tafsīr – “The Great Victory, on Qur’ānic Hermeneutics” is a manual of the principles and subtleties of Qur’ānic tafsīr. In it the author outlines the five fundamental sciences that the Qur’ān contains: The science of polemics; Reminding others of the favours of Allah; The Reminder of Death and what is after it; and The Science of rulings. He also reviews the other sciences of tafsīr such as the circumstances of revelation (asbāb an-nuzūl), abrogating and abrogated āyāt (an-nāsikh wa’l-mansūkh) and the unusual words and phrases of the Qur’ān (gharā’ib al-Qur’ān), before concluding the book by looking at the extraordinary and miraculous aspects of the Noble Book, and a final chapter on the meanings of the letters of the Arabic alphabet.
About the Author
Shah Waliyyullah Dehlvi was born on 4th Shawwal 114 AH/10th February 1703 CE in Northern India. He was descended from 'Umar ibn al-Khattab and was thus Qurayshi. He had a traditional education in all the classical sciences from his father and other scholars in India, before journeying to Makkah, from where he returned in 1145 AH/1733 CE with great knowledge of all the major works of hadith.
He dedicated the rest of his life to teaching in the Madrasah Rahimiyyah and to writing widely on all the known Islamic sciences as well as working indefatigably for the reform of Indian society and the renewal of the deen. He died in 1176 Ah/1762 CE.