This note aims to highlight the inimitable depth of the expressive language of the Holy Qur’an which is rich with lively images and profound metaphors. One could almost visualize a motion picture upon reading some verses, yet another indication that the Holy Qur’an could not have been produced by an “unschooled” human being.
A Grain That Sprouts Seven Hundred Grains:
Al-Baqara(The Cow) 2:261 “The likeness of those who spend their wealth for the sake of God is as the likeness of a grain[of corn] that sprouts seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing…”
Barren Rocks Versus Fertile Gardens:
Al-Baqara(The Cow) 2:264“…… he [the disbeliever], who spends his wealth only to be seen and praised by men, and believes not in God and the Last Day: for his parable is that of a smooth rock with [a little] soil, upon it –on it falls heavy rain which leaves it barren. They are not able to do anything with what they have earned: for God does not guide people who refuse to acknowledge the truth. ”
Al-Baqara (The Cow) 2:265 “….And the likeness of those who expend their wealth, seeking God’s good pleasure [believers], while they are certain that God will reward them, is as the likeness of a garden on a height: heavy rain falls on it, and thereupon it doubles its yield of harvest; and if it does not receive heavy rain, soft rain suffices it. And God sees all that you do. ”
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