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 do we reconcile the apostasy ruling with Al-Baqarah 2:256?

There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most ...
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Why did Al-Khidr kill a boy?

First of all, I am new to reading the Quran, so forgive me for any misunderstanding that I may cause. In Surat Al-Kahf aya 74, the journey between Al-Khidr and Moses, Al-Khidr kills an innocent boy ...
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What exactly is the challenge of the Quran?

“If you are in doubt of what We have revealed to Our Messenger, then produce one chapter like it, call upon all your helpers, besides Allah, if you are truthful. [Quran 2:23] “Or do they say: ...
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What is the example of the mosquito?

###Sahih International (translation) Indeed, Allah is not timid to present an example - that of a mosquito or what is smaller than it. And those who have believed know that it is the truth from their ...
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Does All-Mighty Allah has a particular shape? (Sahih al-Bukhari Page 1021, No.7437, A-Soltaniah Edition)

The following Hadith is narrated in the book of Towhid of Sahih al-Bukhari:(Page 1021, No.7437, A-Soltaniah Edition) حدثنا عبدالعزیز ابن عبدالله: حدثنا ابراهیم بن سعد عن ابن شهاب عن عطاء بن یزید ...
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In Surat At-Tin, why does Allah (SWT) swear by the Fig and the Olive?

وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُون By the fig and the olive [95:1] The above verse is the first line of Surat At-Tin. In this verse, Allah (SWT) uses waw al-qasim (وَ), which is used to take oath in the Quran....
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What is difference of “Jews” and “Bani Israeel” in Quran?

Some verses of Quran use the word یهود (Jews), while other use بنی اسرائیل (Children of Israeel). Apparently they seem to be pointing to the same group of people. But God does not do say anything ...
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In the original context, what is the “looming tower”?

According to Lawrence Wright's book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Osama bin Laden quoted the Qur'an in reference to the attack on the World Trade Center: "Wherever you are, ...
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Is the Quran incorrect about Jewish beliefs?

Muslims believe that the Quran has Divine authorship, and thus should have no incorrect statements. However, 2:111 says And they say, "None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a ...
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What is the context of verse 5:101-102?

What is the context of 5:101-102? O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur'an is being ...
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What does “right hand possess” mean?

In Qur'an translations, we see that the phrase right hands possess is used in many ayahs. What exactly does that phrase refer to?
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How can God create without determining the outcome?

If God is the first cause and God really created everything, how can our actions not be caused by him? But on the other hand, if our actions must have been determined by Him, then how is this ...
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Why words الْأَرْضَ and السَّمَاوَاتِ are in reverse order in Taha 4?

In most ayahs in Qur'an, we found that السَّمَاوَاتِ (heavens) is mentioned first, and الْأَرْضَ (earth) is mentioned second. (see). However, in Surat Ţāhā, ayah 4, they are in reverse order. A ...
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Can any Muslim interpret the Qur'an accurately?

Because of strong faith, Muslims look at the holy book in one and only one way: that it is the truth, and nothing but the truth. They will provide every explanation to prove a verse is correct, even ...
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Why is Jesus predicting his death and raising to life in Sura 19?

My question falls under the 'those interested in learning more about Islam' category, so please forgive any naivety in my question here. I've read the majority of the Quran, and I've always been ...
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Who are Sabeans?

In Surat Al-Baqarah ayah 62, Allah (The Glorified) says; Sahih InternationalIndeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] - those [among ...
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As per Qur'an 3:28, to what extent can Muslims receive help from non-Muslims?

I was wondering about the verse from the Qur'an (http://quran.com/3/28): "Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allah, ...
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Can a Muslim make dua and ask forgiveness for non-Muslims?

There is a verse in Quran: مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِيِّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن يَسْتَغْفِرُ‌وا لِلْمُشْرِ‌كِينَ وَلَوْ كَانُوا أُولِي قُرْ‌بَى مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمْ أَنَّهُمْ أَصْحَابُ ...
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The 2nd verse of Baqarah say: “this is the book”, But wasn't the Quran sent down as a “revelation”?

Al-Baqarah 2:2 states: This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah; Keeping in view of the above Ayat, wasn't the Quran sent down as a "revelation" to Prophet ...
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What is the difference between the east (مشرق) in singular, dual, an plural forms?

In Surat Al-Baqarah, verse 115, Allah says: Here, Allah says that he owns Al-Mashriq (literally: the east/sunrise), in the Arabic singular form, المشرق . In Surah Ar-Rahman, verse 17, Allah says: ...
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What are the (Ten) commandments sent to the prophet Musa (pbuh)?

We know from verses like this one that Musa (alayhi salaam), like the previous nations believe, did indeed receive tablets with some fiqh (rulings) from Allah (azza wa jal) when he visited Him in Tuwa....
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What exactly is the difference of meaning of nazzala and anzala in Qur'an verse 136?

In Surah Nisa, verse 136, Allah says: Before the first stop (jeem), Allah describes the Qur'an with "nazzala" (نَزَّلَ), while he describes the previous books with "anzala" (أَنزَلَ). Both of these ...
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Why is the weakest of homes, the home of spider?

There is a verse in Quran addressing the spider's home as the weakest: The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest ...
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Who is “we” referring to in the verse 41:12?

The word "we" that occurs quite frequently in the Quran is often ascribed to Allah under the premise that "we" is used to show respect or glorification (ref). But what does it refer to in the verse ...
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What was the secret message that the Prophet (PBUH) confided in one his wives?

66:3 with tafseer. There are different interpretation of it, some interpretation deals with Maria, other with Abu Bakar, Umar and then some regarding Ali (RA). What is the correct interpretation of ...
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Who is Part of Ahlul Bayt? (For Shi'as)

"Ahl" is a accusative masculine noun. In Arabic, it covers several meanings. It begins with Husband and wife. And if they have children, they become part of the "Ahl." "Bayt" is genitive masculine ...
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Why did Allah encourage people to come to the Prophet (pbuh) so that he would plead to Allah for forgiveness for them?

In Surah Nisa, verse 64 we read: ما أَرْسَلْنا مِنْ رَسُولٍ إِلاَّ لِيُطاعَ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَ لَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذْ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ جاؤُكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا اللَّهَ وَ اسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ ...
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Who are the people of the Ress?

I am wondering who the people of the Ress that the Qur'an mentions are? unlike other peoples/tribes it does not say what Prophet is sent to them, or who they are. Who are the People of the Ress? and ...
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What actions are considered as changing the creation of Allah?

In Surat An-Nisā', ayah 119, Allah says; Sahih International And I will mislead them, and I will arouse in them [sinful] desires, and I will command them so they will slit the ears of cattle, ...
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Why do Allah swear by Himself in Qur'an 70:40?

I have question concerning surah (70:40). So I swear by the Lord of [all] risings and settings that indeed We are able ... Does Allah (swt) swear by Himself? Is there any particular reason? ...
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How can Muslims be “forceful” and “merciful” at the same time?

Allah, the exalted, says in the Quran: مُّحَمَّدٌ رَّسُولُ اللَّـهِ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ ۖ [الفتح-48] Sahih International Translation: Muhammad is ...
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Who are not tempted by Satan?

In the Quran there are some verses which show the humans are not tempted by Satan, such as: "قَالَ رَبِّ بِمَآ أَغْوَيْتَنِي لأُزَيِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ وَلأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ ...
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What is the significance of al-Qurʾān referring to ʿĪsā as المسيح?

Al-Qurʾān refers to ʿĪsā as المسيح. For example, in Sūratu Āli ʿImrān:45: إِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُبَشِّرُكِ بِكَلِمَةٍ مِنْهُ اسْمُهُ الْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى ابْنُ ...
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Why is it important that Prophets eat food and they are not immortal?

In Qur'an, Allah says; And We did not make the prophets forms not eating food, nor were they immortal [on earth]. Surat Al-'Anbyā' - 8 What is the Hikmah of Prophets being mortals eating food?
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Where can I find the tafsir of Avicenna?

Corbin, in his History of Islamic Philosophy quotes from the Tafsir of Avicenna, on Surah 113: I seek refuge in the Lord of Day break (verse 1). Avicenna writes: This means: I seek refuge ...
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Is there any contradiction between surat Annisa ayat 78 and 79?

I've read about the translation in two different language Indonesia and English between these two ayats 78 and 79 in surah Annisa. I found something that I think it is a contradiction, but I'm not ...
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Is it possible to interpret Surat An-Nisā':157 as allowing that Jesus was crucified?

In Islam, the common understanding is that Christ Jesus was never killed nor was he crucified; this understanding is quite reasonable given that God says وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ ...
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Does Qur'an forbid Muslims from going on vacation?

Consider this ayah from Surat Ash-Sharĥ: فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ (Qur'an 94:7) So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. (Sahih International) ...
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What does the superiority of bani-Israel (Children of Israel) over all beings mean?

I read in some different surahs of Quran mentioning the superiority of bani-Israeli over all beings. What is true interpretation of these verses? يَا بَنِي إِسْرَ‌ائِيلَ اذْكُرُ‌وا نِعْمَتِيَ ...
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What is the reason/cause of the verse in regards to Uzair?

Allah Said: Quran 9:30 وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ عُزَيْرٌ ابْنُ اللَّهِ and the Jews said, "Uzair/Ezra is the son of Allah " I am wondering, what was the cause of this verse to come down?
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Are non-Muslims evil according to Islamic belief?

One of the answers to the question Is Satan evil or just doing his job? makes the point that Satan was once a believer, but became a disbeliever, which seems to imply that non-believers are "evil". It'...
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Interpretation of the shifting pronouns in Khidr's interpretation (تَأْوِيل) to Musa (AS)

Asalaam Alaikum, There is a fascinating peculiarity in Khidr’s interpretation of his actions to Musa (AS). Regarding the تَأْوِيل of the ship, he speaks of “his” intention: أَمَّا ٱلسَّفِينَةُ ...
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What is the source of the tafseer of the verse (3:37) that says rizq means scrolls of knowledge?

In Surah Al-e-Imran, verse 37, Allah says: The word I'm asking about here is "rizq" (second line, right at the stop). According to the mufasireen, the tafseer of this ayah is two things: Maryam (...
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Purpose of verses in the Quran which humans do not understand?

Allah tells us in the Quran "And we have made the Quran easy for you to understand/learn" However there is another verse (3:7) Allah tells us that no one knows the true meaning of the verse except ...
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Why was Quran revealed in Arabic language?

Due to the fact that Allah is All-wise, there must've been a reason for sending down Quran in Arabic. So what is it? What would have happened if Allah had used another language? I'm asking this ...
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Does Qur'an 7:189 imply women were created to benefit men?

It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her. And when he covers her, she carries a light burden and continues therein. And when it ...
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How to give loan to Allah?

In holy Quran there is a verse in Surat Al-Ĥadīd (The Iron) - سورة الحديد about giving loan to Allah. Surat Al-Ĥadīd (ayah 11. ) Sahih International Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan ...
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Why is there a repetition in Surat Al-Kafiroon?

I checked 2 mushaf and internet, and as far as I can see, 3rd ayah and 5th ayah of Surat Al-Kāfirūn are exactly the same. On the other hand, 3rd ayah translated as; Nor are you worshippers of what ...
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Quran 37.11, What is meant by “other beings”?

From transliteration.org, I read the following aya. 037.011 Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the (other) beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky ...
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Don't Gabriel and Michael fall under the category of angels?

In Surah Al-Baqarah verse 98, Allah says: Whoever is an enemy to Allah and His angels and His messengers and Gabriel and Michael - then indeed, Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers. Doesn't ...

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