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Question text

According to Shi`ahs and Sunnis who is entitled to interpret the Qur`an?


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Answer

Shi`ahs believe that ´Imams of the Household of the Prophet are entitled to explain and interpret the Qur´an because the Household of the Prophet (s.a.w.) are the followers of the Reminder that in the verse “So ask the followers of the Reminder if you do not know” [1] God has ordered to refer to them,and in the verse “…,but none knows its interpretation except ´Allah ,and those who are firmely rooted in knowledge…” [2] God says that they are aware of the interpretation of the Qur´an. [3] Sunnis believe that ,first, all the Companions (sahabah) and then the scholars of the Ummah are entitled to explain the Qur`an , and most of them have said that nobody is aware of the interpretation (ta`wil) of the Qur´an except Allah. [4]


resources and references

[1] Qur´an- Surah 16:43
[2] Qur´an- Surah 3:7
[3] With truthful people, p. 28.
[4] With truthful people, p. 26.
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