After having studied a general overview of the Qur’an in the previous year, this time we shall delve in to something more precise and focused, and endeavour to study the beautiful book compiled by the great Imam of Islam: Imam Ibn Qayyum al-Jawziyyah (ra) about similes in the Qur’an. He authored an incredible book entitled Al-Amthal fil Qur’an al-Kareem (The Similes in the glorious Qur’an), in which he looked at 22 similes and the lessons and wisdoms learnt.
A simile is a figure of speech and type of metaphor that compares two different things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’. The purpose of a simile is to help describe one thing by comparing it to another thing that is perhaps seemingly unrelated. This is a great linguistic tool used to convey depth and emphasize what one is trying to convey to the reader or listener in a vivid way.
There are many such verses in the Noble Qur’an by which Allah, the Most High, brings Greater clarity and insight when explaining things to mankind. It is from his infinite Wisdom that Allah destined these divinely revealed similes to become rooted in His Final Revelation, until the Last Day – through which mankind can increase in knowledge, recognise guidance and embrace the truth. Studying these verses will provides inspiration and instils spiritual enlightenment for every Muslim who seeks to create a stronger bond with the Mighty Book of Allah.