'Abd al-Ra'uf was a North Sumatran scholar who played a major role in translating Islamic texts into Malay. Born in Singkel, North Sumatra, he studied in Arabia between 1641 and 1660 under scholars such as Ahmad al-Qushashi and Ibrahim al-Kurani. He returned to North Sumatra and taught under the patronage of the Acehnese court. His best-known work is an adaptive Malay rendering of al-Suyuti's Tafsir al-Jalalayn (The tafsir of the two Jalals). It is the earliest complete explication of the Qur'an in Malay, still widely used in local madrasas.
Alternative names include:
'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Fansuri al-Sinkili
Al-Sinkili, 'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Fansuri
Sinkili, 'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Fansuri al-