Imām Abū Ábdullāh al-Qurţubi was born in Cordoba [now, in Spain] around 600AH [1200AD] His father was a farmer and was martyred by crusaders in Cordoba in the year 637AH. He was a Māliki jurist, Qur’anic exegete and a great hermit [zahid.] He studied under various scholars among them Abū Jáfar known as Ibn Abī Ĥujjah, the lexicologist and Abū’l Ábbās Ahmed ibn Úmar al-Qurţubi, a great Māliki jurist in Cordoba. He later traveled to Egypt and settled there until he passed away in 671AH. His tomb is constructed in Al-Munya, east of the Nile.

He has written many useful books among which the following are famous:

    – Al Jāmiý li Aĥkāmi’l Qur’ān, an exegesis of Quran.

    – At-Tidhkār fī Afđali’l Adhkār, on the merits and etiquette of reading and reciting the Qur’ān.

    – At-Tadhkirah fī Aĥwāli’l Mawtā wa Umūri’l ākhirah, on the matter of death, the dead and the hereafter.

    – Al-Asnā fī Sharĥi Asmāyillāhi’l Husnā, an explanation of the beautiful names of Allāh