Ahl al-Bayt (as) as the True and Exclusive Exegetes of Holy Qurʾan in Understanding Mutashābih Verses

Document Type : Original Article


1 Member of the academic staff and assistant professor of Imam Mobin International Research Center

2 Assistant professor and faculty member, Department of English Language and Culturology, Higher Education Complex for Language, Literature and Culturology, Al-Mustafa International University.


Considering the important and fundamental position of Qurʾan, which has the role of guiding all people to eternity, in order to achieve this goal, the Exalted One has assigned the explanation and exegesis of the Qurʾan among the duties of Holy Prophet (pbuh) so that the content of the Qurʾanic messages and teachings be clarified for everyone, and the Messenger of God (pbuh) delegated his mission in explaining and interpreting Holy Qurʾan to his Ahl al-Bayt (as). In this article, based on the documentation of verses and narrations and through applying the descriptive and analytical method, it will be explained that in Shia logic, understanding the teachings of Holy Qurʾan as the most important source of knowledge and religious thinking and a source of removing ambiguity from Mutashābih verses as well as interpreting ambiguous verses and achieving understanding the appearance and interior of the Qurʾan could not be made without referring to Ahl al-Bayt (as), since, otherwise, it would lead to gross errors and exegeses. The study suggests that the exegesis of the verses of Holy Qurʾan is the prerogative of Muhammad (pbuh) and his family, that is, Ahl al-Bayt or the infallible imams (as).  


Volume 1, Issue 2
December 2023
Pages 26-46
  • Receive Date: 22 December 2023
  • Revise Date: 12 January 2024
  • Accept Date: 11 January 2024
  • First Publish Date: 11 January 2024
  • Publish Date: 01 December 2023