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The Parables of the Quran

The Quran uses a wide variety of literary forms to convey its message. These
literary forms bring the message in a style which is full of life and is neither
monotonous nor repetitive.

Generally the experts agree that there are four types of basic literary forms
used in Quran: Parable, oath, debate and narrative. One of these, the parable is
called  ‘mathal’ in Arabic. It is also commonly translated as simile or metaphors.

A parable is a narrative of imagined events used to illustrate or convey a moral
or spiritual lesson. The parables of the Quran have many lessons for us. They
promote the cause of belief and expose the error of disbelief in God 2. They tell
us:


Below we present a list of parables with their commentary:

Parable 1: Garden on a Height
Parable 2: Grain of Corn
Parable 3: Blind Follower vs. A person who uses intellects
Parable 4: Goodly word is like a Goodly Tree
Parable 5: Guidance of Scriptures
Parable 6: Blighted Garden
Parable 7: Benefit of Humankind
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