Muḥkam-Mutasyābih: the Interpretation of M. 'Ābid al-Jābirī on Surah Āli 'Imrān/3: 7

  • Mohamad Yahya

Abstract

This article examines the interpretation of M. 'Ābid al-Jābirī toward the concept of muḥkam-mutasyābih in Surah Āli'Imrān/3: 7. The topic is considered important because it has theoretical implications to various problems. The reason for the selection of al-Jābirī is due to its consistency in the use of a set of methodologies, namely historical criticism and structural analysis. Āyat for al-Jābirī means sign. Āyat muḥkamah is a sign, an indicator, or reality of kauniyyah (universe reality) which shows that God is a God who is the Supreme One, while ayat mutasyābihah is a sign that God wants to set something out of the ordinary for His prophets and apostles as proof of their prophethood. Therefore, the term ar-rāsikhūn is a deep intellectual in science and knowledge, and they can know hermeneutical interpretation (at-ta’wīl wa at-tafsīr) of the mutasyābih verse (legally unclear verses) . Thus there is no verse of muḥkam and verse mutasyābih in the sense that has been used, the verse which is legally clear and legally unclear. All verses of the Qur'an are very clear and can be understood by the community as the target of Islamic preaching at the time.

 

Keywords

Al-Jābirī, muḥkam, mutasyābih.

Published
2017-09-08
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