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What is a Kitab Mubeen and is the Qur'an a Kitab Mubeen?

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Nov 9, 2021 at 15:20

Very good questions. However, I will only concentrate on how did al-Tabari define what is a Kitab Mubeen

The term الكتاب المبين or the Clear Book appears 5 times in the Qur'an


Surat Yusuf: 1 says: الر تلك ايت الكتب المبين

This is a translation of each word

1. الر This cluster of letters has no meaning (if you are interested to know more then check al-Tabari's Tafsir of Q2:1 where he provided 14 possible meanings for these strange clusters of letters that appear at the beginning of some chapters).

2. تلك or these are

3. ايت (sic) (notice that the singular for verse is اية or Aya ) and corrected by al-Mufasereen as ايات or verses (the correct plural).

4. الكتب (sic) or the BOOKS and corrected by al-Mufasereen as singular الكتاب or The Book

5. المبين or The clear

So the correct verse in 3rd century Classical Arabic would be:

الر تلك ايات الكتاب المبين

Now, this is what al-Tabari wrote:

1. فإن أهل التأويـل اختلفوا فـي تأويـله or al-Mufasereen disagreed about the meaning of this verse. They did not know!

2. Then he wrote that it really means that a kitab mubeen means: بـين حلاله وحرامه، ورشده وهداه. or between what is allowed and what is forbidden and reason and guidance.

And only Allahu A'lam!!

Now, I very much suggest that you get a copy of Ali Dashti (another giant Shi'a thinker and a victim of Ayatollah Khomeini who murdered him because of his book 23 Years) And the book is "23 Years" his biography of Muhammad. and check page 47-59 and is the Qur'an really a Kitab Mubeen? Very good reading.

Again, Muhammad and his generation must have understood what the Qur'an really says but the meaning was lost some 2-3 centuries later and why would it be this way? Any guesses?

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