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(2:26) The Parables of the Quran

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 Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: “What means Allah by this similitude?” By it He causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path; but He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path),

The following excerpt is taken from “The Quran with Annotated Interpretation” by Ali Unal pg. 69

“Like the Divine Scriptures prior to it, the Qur’ān uses parables and comparisons to
convey abstract truths. This is because people in general do not understand abstractions
unless they have had some preparation in the specialized terms and specialized discourse
appropriate to the presentation of abstract concepts. The Qur’ān addresses itself to all of
humanity from the first day of its revelation until the Last Day, and accordingly deploys the
full resources of language in a style that is forceful, clear, accessible and effective in communicating its message. The accessibility of the Revelation is, like the intelligibility of the “book” of creation, an aspect of God’s mercy to His creatures, of His grace in making His will knowable and known to humankind.
A second point to note here is that what human beings may see as “small” or insignificant
is not always so; conversely, what they see as “great” is not always so. It may sometimes
be completely the other way round. Indeed, in many respects, the smaller a thing is, the
greater the artistry it manifests. In terms of artistry, there is no difference between the solar
system on the one hand, and on the other, the eye of a gnat or the belly of a flea. It could be
argued that the artistry of the latter is greater in that they are constituent organs of living


Unal, Ali (2006). The Quran with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English. (p. 69)

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