The Exploration of the Chain and Argumentation of the Tradition "the Qur’ān is Dhalūl (Like a Calm Camel) and has Different Aspects" in the Shī‘a and Sunnī Sources

Document Type: Scholary

Authors

1 PhD Student of Comparative Interpretation, the University of Qom, Qom, Iran

2 Professor, the Department of the Qur’ān and Ḥadīth Sciences, the University of Qom, Qom, Iran

Abstract

The study at hand has adopted a comparative-analytical method to investigate the chain and argumentation of the narration "the Qur’ān is Dhalūl and has different aspects, so take it in the best way" in the Shī‘a and Sunnī sources. The foregoing narration is generally found in the Sunnī sources, but some Imāmīte scholars such as Ṭabrisī and Feiḍ Kāshānī have referred to it without mentioning its chain. This tradition is weak with regard to its chain and is considered a Delivered tradition. But it can be said that it enjoys a fair frequency with regard to its argumentation and text, in a way that the majority of the interpreters and Ḥadīth transmitters of the two denominations believe in the multidimensionality of the Qur’ān.  Accordingly, an interpreter should avoid one-sidedness in the interpretation of the Qur’ān and should regard different aspects of the verses and express his final interpretation in a probabilistic manner. The narration "the Qur’ān has different aspects" which has been narrated from Imām ‘Alī, too, confirms the narration "the Qur’ān is Dhalūl and has different aspects". It is noteworthy that the narration from Imām ‘Alī has been mentioned in Nahj al-Balāgha without any chain, but the multiplicity of the narrators, the argumentative power, and the trustable character of Sayyid Raḍī help confirm this narration.

Keywords


The Noble Qur’ān

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