THE HOLY QURAN – PART 30
IMAM AL-BAQIR (A.S.) & THE HOLY QURAN-(SECTION
HIS KNOWLEDGE OF QURAN
One of the titles of the fifth Imam of
Ahlul-Bayt (as) is that of
in Arabic has its roots from
which means ‘to split open’ or ‘to rip open’ or ‘to cut open’. Imam (as)
because of his profound knowledge of
everything including the Holy Quran, which he (as) had inherited from
his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah and which, he (as) split open to
impart to others.
Imam al-Baqir (as) himself has been quoted
“We have been taught the language of the
birds and bestowed with knowledge of everything”.
(Manaqib Aali Abi Talib)
Jabir bin Abdullah al-Ansari (r.a.) has
Holy Prophet (saww) had told me,
“O Jabir! I hope you be alive till you
meet a son from the progeny of my grandson al-Husayn whose name shall be
Muhammad. He will split open the knowledge of religion and impart it to
others. O Jabir! When you meet him, convey my salutation to him”.
Thereafter, I always searched for this
young man. Finally, when I met him, I witnessed the attributes in him,
which the Messenger of Allah had described to me. I conveyed the
salutation of his grandfather to him and said,
“O Baqir (Splitter)! You are the Baqir in
truth. You are for certain the one who will split open the knowledge”.]
DO NOT INTERPRET QURAN WITH YOUR OPINION
Qutadah bin Da’amah visited Imam al-Baqir
(as) and the following conversation ensued between them.
“O Qutadah! Are
you the scholar of the people of Basra?”
Qutadah: “This is what the people say”.
interpret the Quran with knowledge or with ignorance?”
Qutadah: “Ofcourse I interpret it with
if you are interpreting the Quran with knowledge, I will ask you a
Qutadah: “Please do so”.
“Tell me what
does Allah (SWT) mean in the following verse:
‘…And We had ordained the course through them:
Travel through them in safety, night and day’.?”
Qutadah: “This refers to one who departs
from his home with the intention of visiting the sacred mosque
(Masjidul-Haraam). He gathers his provision for the journey and hires
his transport all through Halaal means. Such a person is in safety until
he returns to his family”.
“O Qutadah! Take
the oath of Allah and tell me. Do you know of any person who has
departed from his home for the House of Allah and arranged for his
provision and paid for his transportation all through Halaal means yet
robbers attacked him, took away his possessions and physically injured
Qutadah: “Yes! Indeed I know of such a
“O Qutadah! Woe
unto you! (In such a case) if you are interpreting the Quran with your
own opinion then you are misled and have misled the people. And if you
are interpreting it from what you have heard from others, then again you
are misled and have misled the people. Woe unto you O Qutadah! This
verse refers to one who departs for the House of Allah after arranging
his provisions and paying for his transportation from Halaal means and
in addition, he is also cognizant about our rights (the rights of
Ahlul-Bayt) then Allah (SWT) will most certainly incline his heart
towards us, just as He (SWT) says: ‘So
make the hearts of a part of the people fond of them…’ (14:37)
We are the answered prayer of Ibrahim (as). Whoever inclines his heart
towards us, his Hajj shall be accepted otherwise not. O Qutadah! If one
performs Hajj in this manner (as stated) then on the Day of Judgement he
shall be safe and protected from the Hell-fire”.
When Qutadah heard this, he said, “By
Allah! I will henceforth interpret the Quran as you have taught”.
Thereupon, Imam al-Baqir (as) added,
he truly understands the Quran whom the Quran addresses”.