Parables of the Qur’an Article Index

This page is dedicated to gathering all of our translations on the subject of the Amthal al-Qur’an, or Parables of the Qur’an. We have listed the 40 of so parables found in the Qur’an, and perhaps Allah will enable us to translate explanations of each of them over the coming months and years. Our current schedule is to publish a new article related to the parables of the Qur’an at the beginning of each month.

Introductory articles

• Introduction to the Parables of the Qur’an: Tafsir al-Shinqitee [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

See also: The Qur’anic Methods of Calling People to Tawheed: Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzan

Surah al-Baqarah

• 2:17-18 – Tafsir ibn Kathir on Major and Minor Nifaq [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

• 2:19-20 – Tafsir ibn Kathir on Major and Minor Nifaq [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

• 2:26-27 – Allah is Not Shy to Strike a Parable of a Mosquito: Tafsir al-Sa’di [forthcoming March 2nd, inshaAllaah]

• 2:171

• 2:261 – The Example of Those who Spend Their Wealth in Allah’s Path …: Ibn al-Qayyim [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

• 2:264

• 2:265

• 2:266

• 2:275

Aal ‘Imran

• 3:117


• 6:71

• 6:122

• 6:125


• 7:175-176 – Those Who Threw Off the Guidance that Allah Gave Them: Tafsir al-Sa’di [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]


• 10:24


• 11:24


• 13:14 – “And the supplication of the disbelievers is not but in error”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

• 13:17


• 14:18 – The examples and comparisons in the Qur’an: Tafsir al-Shinqitee

• 14:24 – “A Good Word is like a Good Tree”: Tafsir al-Sa’di

• 14:26 – “A Good Word is like a Good Tree”: Tafsir al-Sa’di


• 16:75-76

• 16:112


• 18:32-44

• 18:45 – The Passing Nature of this Life: Tafsir al-Tabari

      Allah’s Comparison of the Dunya and Water – Tafsir al-Qurtubi [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]


• 22:31

• 22:73


• 24:35 – The Light of Eeman in the Heart of the Believer: Tafsir al-Tabari

• 24:39

• 24:40


• 25:44 – More Astray Than Cattle: Ibn al-Qayyim [forthcoming April 2nd, inshaAllaah]


• 29:41 – Like the House of a Spider: Tafsir ibn Kathir [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]


• 30:28 – Allah Presents a Parable From Your Own Selves: Tafsir ibn Kathir


• 39:29 – A Parable of Two Slaves: Ibn al-Qayyim


• 47:20 – You Will See Them Looking Like One Overcome by Death: Tafsir al-Shinqitee [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]


• 48:29


• 49:12 – “O you who believe, avoid much suspicion…”: Tafsir al-Sa’di


• 59:15

• 59:16


• 62:5


• 66:10-12 – Three Parables in Surah al-Tahreem: ibn al-Qayyim [forthcoming, inshaAllaah]

                    Two disbelieving women and two believing women: Tafsir al-Sa’di


• 74:50-52

Note: This collection of translations was inspired by the small book al-Wajeez fee Amthal al-Qur’an al-‘Aziz by Sheikh Abu’l-Hasan al-Rouqi al-‘Utaybi, may Allah reward him. In this book, the author selected brief yet beneficial explanations of each parable in the Qur’an from some of the well-known scholars and books of tafsir. The list presented here is the same as found in his book (with the addition of 18:45, which perhaps he excluded because of its similarity to 10:24, and the addition of 2:26-27), and we chose to translate many of the same excerpts that he selected.

We ask Allah to make this effort a source of benefit for the original authors, the compiler, the translator, and all who read these articles. BaarakAllaahu feekum.

-Abu’l-Yaman Khalil Klopfenstein (Translator and Administrator)