Authentication of narration

Question ID: 25818


I read a tafsir that did not seem to make sense to me. It is supposed to be from Ibn ‘Abbass from Tanwir al Miqbas that the interpretation of nun is surah Qualam is that which is the whale that carries the earth on its back while in Water, and beneath which is the Bull and under the Bull is the Rock and under the Rock is the Dust and none knows what is under the Dust save Allah.

Is this narration authentic? Is it used by scholars? Or is it a weak narration in which scholars to not rely on. It seems unscientific to me. Can you please comment.

JazakAllah Khair

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Asked on January 14, 2010 12:00 am
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Firstly, Tanweerul Miqbaas is a very unauthentic source.
the tafseer therein cannot be attributed to Sayyiduna 'Abdullah ibn 'Abbaas (r.a.)
secondly, this particular explanation seems to be from the israaeeliyyaat.
A similar type of explanation appears under verse:16 of surah Luqman, (while interpreting the word:"sakhrah")
Ibn Katheer (r.a.) has been very cautious in accepting this (i.e, the surah Luqman one). He was also cautious in rejecting it. but he has definitely classified it as an Isra'eeliy narration.
Lastly, ibn Katheer (r.a.) has also stated that this is a sort of narration which falls under: "laa nusaddiqu wa laa nukazzibu"
therefore, my suggestion is that it should not be refuted totally via scientific improbabilities...
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Answered on January 14, 2010 12:00 am