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Single Idea 6834

[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 6. Islam]

Full Idea

Some of the verses of the Koran are precise in meaning - they are the foundations of the Book - and others are ambiguous. Disbelievers follow the ambiguous part, to create dissension by seeking to explain it. No one knows its meaning except Allah.

Gist of Idea

Unbelievers try to interpret the ambiguous parts of the Koran, simply to create dissension


Mohammed (The Koran [c.622], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Mohammed: 'The Koran', ed/tr. Dawood,N.J. [Penguin 1968], p.397

A Reaction

It is tempting to ask why some of the verses are ambiguous. The implication here is that they are a deliberate test for believers, like the apple in the garden of Eden.