INTRODUCTION TO THE TAFSEER:
It is a very well-known tafseer from the thirteenth century and is particularly popular among the ahnaf. Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, a renowned Hanafi scholar from the Indian Sub-continent, relied heavily on Ruh al-Ma‘ani of ‘Allama Alusi al-Baghdadi for his Tafsir of the Qur'an. As it was written in the mid-thirteenth century AH, it is considered to be encompassing much of the previous explanations of the Qur’an.
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (DB) has written in his 'Uloomu-l-Qur'an (An Approach to the Qur'anic Sciences):
Since this is the publication of latest era, he has tried to gather important discussions of previous exegeses. Hence elaborate discussions have been carried out on language, grammar, literature, rhetoric, jurisprudence, beliefs, etymology, geophysics, astronomy, philosophy, spiritualism, and relevant narrations. An attempt has been made that no scientific and literary problem should remain unanswered. In the matter of reporting of Traditions also 'Allamah Alusi (R'A) had been more careful than other commentators. In this respect it may be called synopsis of the earlier exegeses, and no work on exegesis of Qur'an can do without help from this work.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Abū al-Thanā’ Shihāb ad-Dīn Sayyid Maḥmūd ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-Ḥusaynī al-Ālūsī al-Baghdādī (Arabic: أبو الثناء شهاب الدين سيد محمود بن عبد الله بن محمود الحسيني الآلوسي البغدادي; 10 December 1802 – 29 July 1854) was an Iraqi Islamic scholar.
An exhaustive list of all his works far to long and thus difficult to compile. Indexes in the British Library and the Below are a few examples:
Muqadma, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30