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Parables of Allah to guide and misguide


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Lo! Allah disdaineth not to coin the similitude even of a gnat. Those who believe know that it is the truth from their Lord; but those who disbelieve say: What doth Allah wish (to teach) by such a similitude? He misleadeth many thereby, and He guideth many thereby; and He misleadeth thereby only miscreants; (Quran 2:26)

Here are questions about this verse:

1. Where does Allah use these Similitudes? Are they in heaven? Are they in the sea? Or are they in the Quran?

2. The verse then says:
'..but those who disbelieve say: What doth Allah wish (to teach) by such a similitude?'

Who is this part of the verse referring to?
I mean, would the disbelievers say "what does Allah mean by this similitude"? It appears that these disbelievers already believe that these similitudes are words of Allah!!!
Let's say, you are not a Muslim. you wouldn't consider the verses of Quran to be really the words of Allah, would you? You consider them to be words of Muhammad. Then why would the Qur'an say "the Disbelievers say What does Allah mean by these similitudes..?

4. The last part of the verse says:
"He misleadeth many thereby"

In the Site of Allah, or the Quran, who is considered "Misguided"? What does the term "Mislead" really mean according to the Quran?
Provide definition of "Misguided" based on the Quran.

5. Give a few of such Parables and Similitudes of Allah, and show how those similitudes guide many, and how they mislead many.

6. Why would God want to Misguide anyone by giving Similitudes? What is the benefit of that? What is the purpose of Allah in doing such a thing?

If you could give a satisfactory and logical answer to all these 6 questions, I believe you know Quran really well.
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Some "amthal" I can think of.

(1) Destroyed cities of the past... this is a lesson warning about the Mahdi but most people are heedless about them.
(2) Chosen Ahlulbayts of the past and succession in that past, most don't see it regarding the family of Mohammad (s) as a lesson to treat them differently and not treat them unjust as many Ahlulbayt were treat, but people just take them as past stories.
(3) Parables of lights/stars/lanterns... people often think these are literal heavenly lanterns when the context is clearly heaven in terms of spiritual realm.
(4) The proper creeds in the past as a universal structure, not applied to now.