Ibn Kathir al-Makki

Abū Maʿbad (or Abū Bakr) ʿAbd Allāh ibn Kathīr al-Dārānī al-Makkī, better known as Ibn Kathir al-Makki (665-737 CE)(45-120AH),[1] was one of the transmitters of the seven canonical Qira'at, or methods of reciting the Qur'an.[2] His recitations were generally popular among the people of Mecca.[3]

Ibn Kathir (ابن الكثير)

Other namesAbu Ma‘bad Abdullah al-‘Attar al-Dari


Al-Makki was born in Mecca and was one of the Tabi‘un.[4] His family was of Iranian origin and were immigrants to Yemen.[5] Al-Makki was a mawla ("freedman") of Amr ibn Alkama al-Kinani.[5]

Al-Makki met the prophetic companions Anas ibn Malik and Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr,[4] and he learned his recitation method from a student of the prophetic companion Abd Allah ibn Abbas who in turn learned from Ubay ibn Ka'b and Zayd ibn Thabit who both learned directly from the prophet Muhammad.[4] Al-Shafi‘i, the namesake of one of the four primary schools of thought in Sunni Islam, preferred to recite the Qur'an according to al-Makki's method.[4]

He died in the year 737CE.[3][6] The two primary transmitters of his method of recitation, Al-Bazzi and Qunbul,[2][7] were Persian and Meccan respectively.

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Ten readers and transmittersEdit


  1. ^ Josef W. Meri and Jere L. Bacharach, Quran, Reciters and Recitation, p. 660. Taken from Medieval Islamic Civilization: L-Z. Abingdon-on-Thames: Taylor & Francis, 2006. ISBN 9780415966924
  2. ^ a b Muhammad Ghoniem and MSM Saifullah, The Ten Readers & Their Transmitters. (c) Islamic Awareness. Updated January 8, 2002; accessed April 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Peter G. Riddell, Islamic scripture and textual materials, p. 18. Taken from Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses. London: C. Hurst & Co., 2001. ISBN 9781850653363
  4. ^ a b c d Imām ibn Kathīr al-Makkī Archived 2016-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. © 2013 Prophetic Guidance. Published June 16, 2013. Accessed April 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Vadet, J.-C. (1971). "Ibn Kat̲h̲īr". In Lewis, B.; Ménage, V. L.; Pellat, Ch. & Schacht, J. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Volume III: H–Iram. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 817. OCLC 495469525.
  6. ^ Shady Hekmat Nasser, Ibn Mujahid and the Canonization of the Seven Readings, p. 49. Taken from The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur'an: The Problem of Tawaatur and the Emergence of Shawaadhdh. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9789004240810
  7. ^ Shady Nasser, Canonization, p. 129.