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Salaamun Alaykum

Please find below a question on the arrangement of Quran to which the reply was
kindly provided by Shaykh Abu Mohammad.

Jazakallah

 With Duas and Salaams

 posted on behalf of Maqbul Rahim
 Acting Moderator for ABDG-A

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Question:

Why does it seem in the holy Qur'an that some verses have apparently
unrelated material stated together? Specifically, in the verse 3 of sura
Al-Ma'eda, in the middle of the hokm for edible meat, we read: 'Al-yawm
akmalto lakom deenakom wa atmamto alaikom ne'mati wa razito lakomol-eslama
deena,' which is related to Al-Ghadeer. I know the Prophet (PBU Him & His
Family) ordered that the Quran be recorded as we see it today and we may
not know all its aspects for now. But
has a reason been stated for this arrangement of the above verse?
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Answer:

In The Name Of The Most High;

Since the Quran was revealed for all times and all situations, it's verses
confirm to a logical concept called "Jari". "jari" means that the verse, or
a statement applys to various situations. If you refer to tafseer books by
known Ulama, they explain many a hadith which is narrated regarding a verse
as tafseer al jari.

Take for example the verse in surat Al-maedah..The verse does apply to the
penal code being conveyed, but it was revealed at the most complying and
conforming situation possible to the verse..i.e. announcing that Imam
Ali(A.S) is the Prophet's heir.

You will also find the verses of the Quran are grouped according to
subject. Any Chapter of the Quran will contain at least one group, and
many cases more than one that discuss a certain message. You will find
that a single verse, in most cases, sums up the message. Examples are:
Innahu min Sulaimana wa innahu Bismillahi Arrahmani Arrahim in Chapter
Annaml verse 31, this verse sums up Sulaiman's letter to the queen. 

Similarly verse 33:33 sums up the call for adequate behavior by the
Messengers wives and the purpose of such behavior. And so on. Therefore, if
you place careful attention to groupings of verses, such misconception
about verses being out of order will go away. I encourage you to read
Tafseer Al-Mizan for it covers the Quran  from many aspects. I also
encourage you to learn Arabic and apply it to the Quran as much as you can.

Allah Knows Best.

Abu Mohammed




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