Questions tagged [tafseer]

Tafseer literally means to explain. It is the Arabic word for exegesis, usually of the Qur'an.

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How to interpret that Allah and the angels send prayers and blessings to the believers?

Allah tells us that HE and HIS angels send prayers and blessings the believers saying: It is He who confers blessing upon you, and His angels [ask Him to do so] that He may bring you out from ...
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Are there sources which analyze in depth the significance of Allah's names coming in pairs?

For example: Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in ...
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What is the status of the divorcées of the Prophet?

Allah () says in (33:6): The Prophet is more worthy of the believers than themselves, and his wives are [in the position of] their mothers. ... In relevance to my former question Whom did the ...
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What is the language of the Al Lawh Al Mafooz ( The Preserved Tablet)?

Assalamu Alaikum brothers in Islam, I'm assuming that the the Preserved tablet is not written in any human language. Is this correct? Please provide some references. Also, what language is the ...
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Does alliance with disbelievers expel you from Islam?

I have a question about these ayat (5:51 and 3:28): O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally ...
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Do we need Satan?

In Sahih Muslim 6621 and 6622 we see Muhammad giving the consequences of us if we were not to sin. Abu Ayyub Ansari reported that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: If you were not to commit sins, Allah ...
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Why did Dr Zakir Naik say “Memory is washed off”?

In this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ7HiY49P3w&feature=youtu.be&t=7m54s Dr Zakir Naik says that in the quran it says that: http://quran.com/33/72 We did indeed offer the ...
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What are the differences between companions of right and people in front?

In Chapter 56, Quran says people will be put into three groups in the Day of Judgment: companions of left, companions of right, and people in front (or foremost). From the some verses in this chapter, ...
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Did The Narrator Ad-Dhahak Ever Met Ibn Abbas In His Lifetime?

I have read some controversial views about the meeting of Ad-Dhahak and Ibn Abbas. In one source, Ad-Dahak explicitly denies ever narrating anything from Ibn Abbas. Some people cite Tafsir Ibn Kathir ...
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The availability of the injeel and the torah during prophet Muhammad (SAW) 's time

Assalamualaikum, I'd go straight to the point inshAllah. I'm currently confused: was the original Torah and Injeel available during prophet Muhammad's (SAW) era? Like for example in verses such as: ...
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Is it true that the Ummah of Yunus (Jonah) is the only one to have all members of it to profess faith in Allah (God)?

From Tafsir Ibn Kathir: No town has denied the truth and then believed when they saw the scourge, and then their belief benefited them, with the exception of the people of Yunus. When they lost their ...
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Trying to attain a deeper level of understanding the Quran

I've had read the Quran in Arabic and suddenly realised that "مُنَافِقِينَ" (hypocrites) and يُنفِقُونَ (spend) have the same root. Is it so? And if yes, what unites them? Why do I ask? Because I ...
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Why Ibraheem was referred to as Ummah (أُمَّة) in this verse and why it was translated with other meanings?

My focus here is on the translation of the word Ummah (أُمَّة) in Arabic, by which Allah attributed Ibraheem in verse (16:120). As shown below there are different interpretation in its translation: ...
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What does Allah being “swift in penalty” mean to today's Muslims?

This question pertains to the following ayat: And it is He who has made you successors upon the earth and has raised some of you above others in degrees [of rank] that He may try you through what He ...
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What is meant by “froth” or “foam” in Quran aya 13:17?

What is meant by the following aya from transliteration.org : 'Anzala Mina As-Samā'i Mā'an Fasālat 'Awdiyatun Biqadarihā Fāĥtamala As-Saylu Zabadāan Rābīāan ۚ Wa Mimmā Yūqidūna `Alayhi Fī An-...
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I'd like to know some more details on the table sent down to prophet 'Isa?

I've lately heard a lesson or lecture on the tafseer of the verses telling the story of the table which was sent down to prophet 'Isa () which is quoted in 5:112-115. The wording of the qur'an ...
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What rulings of polygny apply in the case of a free man marrying a slave girl?

After reading Did scholars define a limitation of concubines a man could have? I remembered that there's another verse later saying: And whoever among you cannot [find] the means to marry free, ...
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Where in the books of Ahl al-Kitab the Sahaba were mentioned?

Allah the Almighty gives us two examples in surat al-Fath (48:29): Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah ; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see ...
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Is there any authority who said that only a person who had the permission not to fast at the beginning of Ramadan is allowed to do so?

Allah says in (2:185) The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the ...
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How is the mentioning or honoring of Ibrahim by later generations interpreted? (Shia or Sufi View)

I'm a bit curious about the interpretation of the mentioning/honoring of Ibrahim (), especially from the Shi'a and/or Sufi perspective (not excluding other interpretations, but I have no access/...
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What is meant by “increasing disbelief” in Surah Aal 'Imraan verse 90?

How shall Allah guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and after they bore witness that the Messenger (Muhammad ﷺ) is true and after clear proofs had come unto them? And Allah guides not ...
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Are the texts of tafsir al-kashshaf authentic?

Wikipedia lists a tafsir named Al-Kashaaf. It says: Al-Kashshaaf ('The Revealer') by Al-Zamakhshari (d. 1144CE). Al-Zamakhshari belonged to the Mu'tazili school of theology, but nevertheless this ...
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What is right and what is wrong?

I'm from Asian country. I don't know whether our traditions is the same or not. But I need to make sure what is actual bidaah? I learned Quran in my language 3 years ago. I convert as muslim after ...
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What is the context of With hardship comes ease?

I'm curious about the verse. It's obvious that hardship refers to life here on earth but what about the ease part? Does it refer to a believer's life on earth in the later years or when resurrected in ...
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Do both أهل الكتاب and أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ refer to People of the Book?

Are both the phrase أهل الكتاب and ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ referring to People of the Book in Qur'an?
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Should Qur'an 54:17 be interpreted as meaning the Qur'an is intended to be simple to understand?

There's a range of translations of Quran 54:17; here are some examples: And in truth We have made the Qur'an easy to remember; but is there any that remembereth? -- M. M. Pickthall We have ...
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What is Shia view about Interpretation of verse 24 of surat An-Nisa'(4:24)?

Verse 24 of surat An-Nisa'say: وَ الْمُحْصَناتُ مِنَ النِّساءِ إِلاَّ ما مَلَکَتْ أَيْمانُکُمْ کِتابَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْکُمْ وَ أُحِلَّ لَکُمْ ما وَراءَ ذلِکُمْ أَنْ تَبْتَغُوا بِأَمْوالِکُمْ ...
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Citation of Imam suyuti in Qu'ran 39:3?

I was reading Imam Suyuti's Tafsir in surah 39:3 and I came across this narration of Ibn Abbas "وأخْرَجَ جُوَيْبِرٌ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبّاسٍ في قَوْلِهِ: ﴿والَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ أوْلِياءَ﴾ ...
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Question about The reading of Ibn Abbas in Surah 7:127

The Standard reading of surah 7:127 verse 127 is “And the chiefs of Pharaoh’s people said: Do you leave Musa and his people to make mischief in the land and to forsake you and your gods? He said: We ...
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What is the authenticty of the following Asbab-ul-Nuzul's Narration?

Holy Koran says, Therefore woe be unto those who write the Scripture with their hands and then say, “This is from Allah” [2:79] According to Asbab-ul-Nuzul, there is a narration that says that Jews ...
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What is the understanding of these narrations from Ibn Abbas (RA) in the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir?

I was reading Ibn Kathir and came across this in his tafsir of Al-Ahzab 59: قَالَ عَلِيُّ بْنُ أَبِي طَلْحَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ: أَمَرَ اللَّهُ نِسَاءَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إذا خرجن من بيوتهن في حَاجَةٍ ...
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Doubt regarding Conversation between Allah (s.h), Angles and Adam(a.s)

I have a doubt regarding a certain conversation between allah (s.h) angles and Adam (a.s). From 2:31 to 2:33 Allah taught all the names to Adam. Then asked angles to name them. Angles failed. ...
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Was passing the river the only trial for the soldiers of Talut (Saul)?

In Surah Al-Baqarah, verses 246 to 252, which speak about the story of Talut (Saul), is passing the river (in verse 249) the only trial? In tafsir Ibn Katheer it says that the soldiers were ...
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What's the reason behind the arrangement of “Indeed in that are signs for…”?

In the Holy Qur'an, in the verses: وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ ...
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Are any of the claims about the Quran in this skeptics post accurate?

There is a post on sister site Did all iron on Earth come from outer space?, it makes several claims about "facts" in the Quran. It does not include any references to the Quran, so I wonder if this ...
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Who are the three (different?) addressee's in verse (10:87)?

First be aware that the issue can only be observed in the Arabic original as the verse (10:87) in its English translation looks like: And We inspired to Moses and his brother, "Settle your people ...
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Why is the same verse in 2:149 repeated in 2:150?

Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam, Can you please help me understand as to why in Surah Baqarah the verse 149 is repeated again in 150? So from wherever you go out [for prayer, O Muhammad] turn ...
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Quran Surah Anbiya Ayat 30 - a Rhetorical Question?

Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam, "Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of Creation), before We clove them asunder? We made from water ...
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What is the explanation of the duration of 30 months for the gestation and weaning?

Allah the almighty says: And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [...
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How to interpret ahadith on breastfeeding adults?

Allah the almighty says: Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing [period]. ... (2:233) From this one would conclude that rada'a or ...
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Are there verses in the qur'an on which there's no consensus about the addressed gender?

I'd like to know if there are verses in the qur'an where it is seemingly unclear whether the verse addresses both women and men or only one of both genders and on which at least some scholars ...
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In Qur'an 7:27, why does Allah assign devils to those who disbelieve?

In Quran 7:27 Allah SWT states Pickthall: "O Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you as he caused your (first) parents to go forth from the Garden and tore off from them their robe (of ...
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Who claimed that “and planned that which they were not to attain” (9:74) refers to abu Sufyan and his son Mu'awiyah?

Allah () said in surat at-Tawba: They swear by Allah that they did not say [anything against the Prophet] while they had said the word of disbelief and disbelieved after their [pretense of] Islam ...
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Why in 33:56 Allah SWT, instead of himself saying directly, is ordering to the holy Prophet SAW to tell the women of the believers?

Why in 33:56 Allah SWT, instead of himself telling it directly (meaning addressing to us), is ordering to the holy Prophet SAW to tell the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] ...
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Why Prophet Noah's age is mentioned in a wierd way in Qur'an 29:14?

Qur'an talks of Prophet Noah's age in 29:14 as follows. And We certainly sent Noah to his people, and he remained among them a thousand years minus fifty years, and the flood seized them while they ...
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Should Quran 42:50 “Or He makes them [both] males and females” be interpreted as referring to intersex people?

To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males. Or He makes them [both] males ...
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Which scholars of tafsir have added quotes from the Bible in theire qur'an exegesis?

When consulting tafsir books, so far I only found sheikh a-Taher ibn Ashur الطاهر بن عاشور sometimes quoting some Bible passages in his tafsir "At-Tahrir wa-Tanwir" تفسير التحرير والتنوير. ...
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What the source of the following statement in the commentary of quran 9:28?

This prohibition has been interpreted in different ways. Imam Abu Hanifah is of the view that it prohibits them only from the performance of Hajj and Umrah, and from the observance of the rites of ...
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Does Islam Teach That The Earth Was Created Before Sun, Stars, Moon, Heavens, etc?

Please note that I am dividing this question into two parts. One part consists of Hadith that allegedly say that the Earth was formed before sun, stars, and heavens. The part-2 contains references ...
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Authenticity Of A Narration That Says that Four Prophets Are Still Alive

Here is the narration that can be found in many tafseer books:- «أربعة من الأنبیاء أحیاء اثنان فی السماء: عیسى و إدریس، و اثنان فی الأرض الخضر و إلیاس- فأما الخضر فإنه فی البحر و أما صاحبه فإنه فی ...