Mufassir Who Avoids Dotted Letters

Mufassir (interpreters) have their own ways to express their thoughts and abilities in interacting with the Koran. Of course, some of them have “just” followed the previous methods, but not a few have innovated to develop unique methods, which make their interpretations attract the attention of commentators.

The following are among the interpreters who apply a unique method of interpreting the Koran, namely by avoiding the use of dotted letters (…). So, we will not find the following letters in the interpretations ي ب، ت، ث، ج، خ، ز، ظ، ض، ف، ق، ن،

Faydhullah bin Mubarak al Akbar Abaadi (954 – 1004 H)

Faydhullah bin Mubarak al Akbar Abaadi, famous for the name Imam Fayhy was born and raised in India. His grandfather was Sheikh Khidhir from Yemen who then moved to India. The commentary is titled سواطع الإلهام لحَلّ كلام الله الملك العلاّم  This interpretation has a unique systematic presentation, from the beginning to the end, al Faydhi avoids the use of dotted letters, even though this book is printed in 6 volumes, and of course, it seems to be completely forces. In order to avoid hamdalah which has dotted letter in it, he begins with the following sentence instead:

أحامد المحامد ومحامد الأحامد لله مصعد لوامع العلم وملهم سواطع الإلهام، مرصص أساس الكلم، ومؤسس محكم الكلام… إلخ

At the end of this interpretation, he added a kind of mu’jam to explain the words which he said were foreign in his interpretation. Yes, of course, anyone who avoids dotted letters will definitely be forced to use unfamiliar lafadh.

Mahmud bin Muhammad al Hamzawi al Hanafi (1236-1305 H)

He was the mufti of the state of Sham in his time, and included productive book writers in various fields. His commentary book is titled دُرّ الأسرار في تفسير القرآن بالحروف المهملة  This interpretation consists of 2 volumes, and from the beginning to the end, he only uses muhmalah letters (letters without dots). Reading this interpretation, we will feel the greatness of Arabic and its uniqueness in the hands of the Mufassir.

To avoid basmalah that has dotted letter in it, he wrote: اسم الله العلام أول الكلام, the word النبي was revealed with the word  الرسول محمد  to avoid dotted letter in the word النبي. The word صلى الله عليه وسلم  was replaced by صلى الله على روحه وسلم  in order to avoid the dotted word عليه. The words عليه السلام revealed with ردّد الله له أكمل السلام  without any dotted letter at all. Both of these interpretations, God willing, have been listed in my next book about “Book of Tafsir”.


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