A Parable in the Holy Qur’an

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

There are many parables Allah sets forth in the Holy Qur’an for man to reflect upon. One such parable is a verse below that shows the importance of the Holy Qur’an.

Surah Al-Hashr (The Gathering), Verse 59.

‘Had we sent down this Qur’an, on mountain, thou (O’ Our Apostle Muhammad!) wouldst certainly have seen it (the mountain) humbled itself, and rent asunder for the fear of God; And we set forth these similitudes unto mankind that they may reflect’

Sending down of the Holy Qur’an on a mountain has been used in a hypothetical sense and the concluding words of the verse say that it is a parable used for the people to reflect, which means that such expressions are not to be taken in the literal meaning of their verbal forms but must be studied with the inner or latent meaning treasured in them for people endowed with the insight necessary to have their correct interpretation.

When a mere reflection of the divine glory on the Mountain reduces the mount to dust i.e. the Qur’an is so forceful that it would affect a heartless mountain – the wonder is that man with heart is not affected.


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