Questions tagged [tafseer]

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

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From where does a Mufassir get his interpretation from?

In Tafsir Ibn Kathir, you can find many other details or stories that aren't mentioned in the beautiful Qur'an, and not even by the Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). For ...
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“Dua is not always about the fulfillment of our wishes”

Out of curiosity, how true is it the statement that "dua is not always about the fulfillment of our wishes, but the joy in always praying (asking about a need) with all our heart to the Lord of the ...
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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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Explanation of Quran chapter 24 verses 6 -9

Here Allah (swt) is talking about a situation of what muslims should do when a husband catches wife cheating on him and therefore can't produce 4 witnesses. My question is, if in verse 8 of this ...
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What is the meaning of “ذ‌‍ٰلك” in Quran 2:2?

Assalamu Alaikum, What is the meaning of "ذ‌‍ٰلك" in Quran 2:2? Many or even all Quran translaters have translated it as "This". But in an Arabic-English I found Arabic word for "This" is "ذا" or "...
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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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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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Allah's Throne was on Water - Clarification

Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam, Allah Ta'ala Says in the Holy Qur'an : "And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days - and His Throne had been upon water " [Qur'an 11:7] ...
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Is Jesus alive or dead?

Is there anyone here who can prove to me that Jesus is alive in heaven using Quranic quotation? Surah 3:144 clearly states that messengers before Muhammad (saw) had passed away - which includes Jesus ...
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Love towards non believers

There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, "Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah ...
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Why is Qur'an 33:53 (which describes specific behaviors in relation to the Prophet) inside the Qur'an?

A friend of my whom I try to convert to Islam is reading the Qur'an and read this verse: 'O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, ...
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Is prophet Adam a descendant?

I have a doubt on verse on 3:34. Descendants, some of them from others. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. Does it mean/say Adam was a descendant. Does this mean the Quran supports evolution?
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When did prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) ask Allah to show him how He revives the dead?

In Surah 2 Aya 260, Allah says: And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, show me how You give life to the dead." [Allah] said, "Have you not believed?" He said, "Yes, but [I ask] only that my ...
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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 “Lit is such a Light” mean in the translation of quran 24:36

There is a question on travel.stackexchange.com which has a translation of the Quran verse 24:36 as فِي بُيُوتٍ أَذِنَ اللَّهُ أَن تُرْفَعَ وَيُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ فِيهَا ...
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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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Hadith & “…chains on their necks…”

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Verse:--"You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind." means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till ...
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Was Musa sinless?

I have read this question and I have also studied in school that Prophets are sinless. Today I read in the Quran that Moosa killed a man. Here are the verses that describe the scene. I read at another ...
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In Qur'an 7:161, why is “say the word of humility” translated in various ways?

Regarding the ayah: وَإِذْ قِيلَ لَهُمُ اسْكُنُوا هَٰذِهِ الْقَرْيَةَ وَكُلُوا مِنْهَا حَيْثُ شِئْتُمْ وَقُولُوا حِطَّةٌ وَادْخُلُوا الْبَابَ سُجَّدًا نَّغْفِرْ لَكُمْ خَطِيئَاتِكُمْ سَنَزِيدُ ...
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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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Explanation of Verse 6, Surah Yusuf [12:6]

Verse 5 of Surah Yusuf states: قَالَ يَـٰبُنَىَّ لَا تَقۡصُصۡ رُءۡيَاكَ عَلَىٰٓ إِخۡوَتِكَ فَيَكِيدُواْ لَكَ كَيۡدًا‌ۖ إِنَّ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنَ لِلۡإِنسَـٰنِ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ He said, "O my ...
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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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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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Clarification of Quran 67:5 (… nearest heaven with lamps … missiles to drive away the Shayatin …)

"And indeed We have adorned the nearest heaven with lamps, and We have made such lamps (as) missiles to drive away the Shayatin (devils), and have prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire." ...
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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 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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Can Shi'a tafseer books be categorized in similar categories as those of Sunni scholars?

Mainly Sunni's make a distinction between two main categories of tafseer works: tafsir bi-al-ma'thur (Arabic: التفسير بالمأثور‎, literally 'received tafsir', also known as tafsir bi-al-riwaya Arabic: ...
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How to understand the conversation between the people in the hellfire and those in paradise in the qur'an?

In the qur'an we find a couple of verses which quote conversations between the people in Jahnnam أصحاب النار and those in al-Jannah أصحاب الجنة‎ like: And the companions of Paradise will call out ...
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Why reminder to Righteous/Believers?

Assalamualaikum,, Why Quraan (69:48, And Indeed, The Quraan is reminder for righteous) is giving reminder to righteous, what does it mean, why a righteous need a reminder? Similarly, (51:55 ...
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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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Interpretation of Surah 86:6 “Emerging from between the Backbone and ribs”

Assalamu Alaikum Brothers in Islam, Surah 86 (The Night Comer) says : 86:5 - So let man observe from what he was created. 86:6 - He was created from a fluid, ejected, 86:7 - Emerging ...
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Children die of Poverty, Yet ALLAH tells us that ALLAH will provide for them. I am confused?

[b/Israel 17:31] And do not kill your children, fearing poverty; We shall provide sustenance to them as well as to you; indeed killing them is a great mistake. ALLAH says that ALLAH will provide ...
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What's the literal meanings of the word “Imam”?

I'd like to know what the potential meaning(s) of this word "Imam"? Or are this ones described by Mustafa Khattab (in the *) possible and enough. For example in the aya 17:71 we have: ˹Beware of˺ ...
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Interpretation of the verse 34:19

In 34:19 why did the People of Saba' prayed to God to lengthen the distance between their journeys?
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Is Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) superior to all creation, even those superior to humans (17:70)?

According to al-Isra` 17:70 there are some creations superior to humans. Is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) even superior to those creations? Holy Quran says: "We have honored the children ...
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For which sahaba banana comes on Earth?

There is a history that banana comes from jannah to Earth for a specific sahaba but I don't know the name of that sahaba
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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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Quran Surah Baqarah verse 111 interpretation

Assalamu Alaikum brothers in Islam, Surah Baqarah 2 :111 - : [And they say, "None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian." That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, "...
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Purpose of the 4 conditions in.mention in 4:43.& 5:6

What is the Purpose of the four conditions mentioned in the quran 4:43 and/or 5:6 (ill, on a journey, relieving, and contacted women ).? In other words, either one of those 4 conditions is a ...
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What is the literal meaning of word Tafsir and where from it originates?

Tafseer is interpreted as the explanation of Quranic Verses. What is the litral meaning of word tafseer and its origin.Explain on the basis of historical background.
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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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Why is Safa and Marwah among the symbols of Allah?

The Holy Qur'an says: Lo! (the mountains) As-Safa and Al-Marwah are among the indications of Allah. (...) [2:158] How do Safa and Marwah indicate Allah's existence?
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Writing notes on printed Qur'an [duplicate]

As Salam Walaikum brothers and sisters. I am currently investing more time in studying the Qur'an. I thought that the best way to do this is by writing things down in pencil on the pages of the Surah ...
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Do our dreams to happen as few?

We know that our dreams can happen in future. I read Qu'ran. "when Allah showed them to you in your dream as few; and if He had shown them to you as many, you [believers] would have lost courage ...
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Need help understanding 26:215 203

"And then they will say, 'Can we have more time?' How can they ask that Our torment be brought sooner?" 26:215 203 I assumed that 'Can we have more time?' refers to them asking for more time on ...
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Quran 34:24 Interpretation?

Can the latter part of the verse, "And indeed, we or you are either upon guidance or in clear error," (34:24) carry the meaning that both parties are wrong? It is clear that both parties cannot ...
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The “High and Mighty Ones”. Who are they?

In Suratu Saad (38), ayat 75 Allah is reprimanding Iblees for his refusal to bow down prostrate to Father Adaam (alaihi salaam). Allah says: “O Iblees! What prevents you from prostrating yourself ...
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Can a person burden himself more than what it can take? [closed]

I know very well that nothing happens except by the will of Allah. I also know sometimes we have to face the consequence of our sins. I also know according to Quran: لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا ...
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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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