== జీవిత చరిత్ర ==
ఇతని పూర్తిపేరు '''అబూ అల్-ఫిదా, ఇమాముద్దీన్ ఇస్మాయీల్ బిన్ ఉమర్ బిన్ కసీర్ అల్-ఖురాషి అల్-బుస్రవి'''. [[సిరియా]], [[బుస్రా]] నగరంలో [] లో జన్మించాడు. (బుస్రా లో జన్మించాడు కావున 'బుస్రవీ' అంటారు).
He was taught by the great scholar Shaikh ul-Islam [[ Ibn Taymiyya]] in [[ Damascus]] , Syria and Abu al-Hajjaj [[Al- Mizzi]], (d. 1373), main teacher of Ibn Kathir. Upon completion of his studies he obtained his first official appointment in 1341, when he joined an inquisitorial commission formed to determine certain questions of [[ heresy]] . Thereafter he received various semi-official appointments, culminating in June/ July 1366 with a professorial position at the Great Mosque of Damascus. Ibn Kathir wrote a famous commentary on the ''[[ Qur'an]] '' named ''[[Tafsir ibn Kathir]]'' which linked certain ''[[ Hadith]],'' or sayings of [[Muhammad]] , and sayings of the ''[[ sahaba]] '' to verses of the ''Qur'an,'' in explanation. ''Tafsir Ibn Kathir'' is famous all over the [[ Muslim world]] and among [[ Muslim]] s in the [[ Western world]] , and is one of the most widely used explanations of the ''Qu'ran'' today.
Ibn Kathir was renowned for his great memory regarding the sayings of [[Muhammad]] and the entire ''Qur'an.'' Ibn Kathir is known as a ''[[qadi]],'' a master scholar of history, and a ''[[mufassir]]'' (''Qur'an'' commentator). Ibn Kathir saw himself as a ''[[Shafi]]'' scholar. This is indicated by two of his books, one of which was ''Tabaqaat ah-Shafai'ah'', or ''The Categories of the Followers of [[Imam Shafi]].''
In later life, he became blind. He attributes his blindness to working late at night on the ''[[Musnad]]'' of [[Ahmad Ibn Hanbal]] in an attempt to rearrange it topically rather than by narrator.
Ibn Kathir died in February [] in Damascus.
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