Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Legal Rulings Derived from Qur'anic Stories, Part I

Abstract: Storytelling is universal; it has been a means to preserve and transfer culture, educate and entertain, and deliver a moral message. Much of the Qur’an comprises of stories on specific nations and prophets of God.  However, the question then arises: can legal rulings also be derived from Qur’anic stories? Based on narrations from the Ahlul Bayt, legal verses have indeed been derived from them. To demonstrate these rulings, the first part of this article draws on these narrations, using topics such as the permissibility of self-praise and dissimulation (taqiyya) and justifying punishment for the disabled and ill wrongdoers. The second part offered in the next issue includes the implications drawn from the Ahlul Bayt’s method of interpretation of Qur’anic stories. 

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