Interpretation

Esoteric interpretations of the Qur’an. In Islam such interpretations are known as taʾwīl (تأويل). A concept and term that appears in the Qur’an seventeen times. One example being chapter (Surah) Ali ‘Imran. Which gives a fundamental definition of:

Dr. Mustafa Khattab, The Clear Quran –
 
5-7 Surely nothing in the earth or in the heaven is hidden from Allah. He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He, the Mighty, the Wise. He it is Who has revealed the Book to thee; some of its verses are decisive — they are the basis of the Book — and others are allegorical
(emphasis added)

Arabic:
 
5-7 هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُّحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ ۖ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ ۗ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ۗ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِّنْ عِندِ رَبِّنَا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ هُوَ الَّذِي يُصَوِّرُكُمْ فِي الْأَرْحَامِ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ ۚ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ

 
In the aforementioned definition it is made clear that the purpose of such interpretations is to make a distinction between verses that are “decisive”(muhkamat) and verses which have “hidden meaning” (mutashabihat).
 
Such interpretations typically can only be made by people who have sought guidance from Allah (swt). Said definition makes clear also that it is Allah who “revealed the Book” and “nothing… is hidden from”.

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