by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Monday, November 19, 2012, 13:48 (1735 days ago) @ Advocate Yusuf Shaikh

Please use the dictionary method you employed for the Quran to understand the following:-

“A bird in hand is worth two in the bush”


"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

Or any Allama Iqbal poetry

The Quran states in the following that it as literal verses and allegorical verses:-

3:7 (The Book He has sent down, bears an important Principle.) He is the One Who has revealed to you (O Prophet) the scripture. In it some verses are literal, while some verses are allegorical. The verses that pertain to Permanent Values have been presented literally. These verses, Muhkamat, are the essence of the Divine law. But abstract phenomena, some historical events, and the World of the Unseen are described in similes, metaphors and allegories (Mutashaabihaat) for your understanding. But those who are given to crookedness in their hearts pursue the allegories and try to give them literal meanings, thus creating dissension of thought. None encompasses their final meaning (of such as the Essence of God, His Throne, His Hand, His Book of Decrees, the exact mode of revelation on the heart of the Messengers, the Eternity) but God. Those who are well founded in knowledge understand why the allegories have been used and they keep learning from them. They proclaim the belief that the entire Book is from their Lord. As the human knowledge evolves, more and more allegories will unfold their literal meaning. But only the men and women of understanding will bear this fact in mind.
[Every verse of the Qur‟an is Muhkam, absolute truth. The context enables us to understand which ones are to be taken literally and which ones are to be taken allegorically. Each verse in the Book complements another. 11:1, 39:23, 41:53, 47:20, 74:31]

Why then do you dismiss the opinion of scholars regarding the meaning of symbolic verses?

I look at them and ask myself, do they make sense? When the literal meaning means believing in fantastic/magical/miraculous occurrences, then interpreting the words in a dictionary manner will not bring out the meaning of the sentence.

Yusuf Ali 3:49 As a messenger to the Children of Israel: "I come to you with a sign from your Lord-I create for you from clay the shape of a bird, then I blow into it, and it becomes a live bird by GOD's leave. I restore vision to the blind, heal the leprous, and I revive the dead by GOD's leave. I can tell you what you eat, and what you store in your homes. This should be a proof for you, if you are believers.


Shabbir Ahmed 3:49 And he will be a Messenger to the Children of Israel. He will say to them, “I come to you with Revelation from your Lord. If you follow me, I will raise you from dust to the heights of glory by the Command of Allah (7:176). The blind among you will begin to see the Truth. Those of you who are spotted with sin, I will heal them, and I shall grant real life to those who are just dragging on without purpose; all according to the Laws of Allah. I am here to establish justice and equity. I shall see to it how much you hoard in your houses and how much you spend on the community. My teachings are sufficient signs for you to believe.”

You have free choice which makes intellectual sense to you.

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