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Qur'an 30:30

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Al-Fitra Verse
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Verse's Information
Name of Verse: 30
Sura: Sura al-Rum
Juz': 21
Page: 407
Content Information
Place of Revelation: Mecca
Topic: Belief
about: Human's tendency to the religion

Al-Fiṭra Verse (Arabic: آیة الفطرة ), or the Verse of Innateness, is the verse thirty of Qur'an 30 in which the human tendency to the religion is deemed "fitri" or "innate". The verse commands people to wholeheartedly turn to the religion. According to Quranic exegetes, the verse implies that Islam was legislated in harmony with the human innate nature. In Majma' al-bayan, the word, "hanif" in the verse is interpreted as being steadfast in religion, but Allama Tabataba'i interprets it as being moderate in religion.

In many hadiths, monotheism is counted as an instance of human innate tendency or fitra. Other instances, cited in hadiths, include knowledge of God, Islam, and wilaya. Allama Tabataba'i and Jawadi Amuli appeal to al-Fitra Verse to show that all human beings only have one path to guidance.

Text and Translation

Full Direction at God's Religion

According to Allama Tabataba'i, al-Fitra Verse states a conclusion that is implied by its preceding verses. He writes, "since in the preceding verses, it is shown that there will be a resurrection and God will evaluate people in the afterlife, this verse comes to the conclusion that one should not turn away from God and should only be committed to the religion brought by God. For it is this religion that is in harmony with the divine creation."

Interpretation of "Hanif"

In Majma' al-bayan, al-Tabrisi interprets "hanif" as steadfast, interpreting the verse as referring to being steadfast in the religion, that is, not to turn away from the religion and tend to another religion. However, according to Allama Tabataba'i, the word refers to how religion is practiced, and based on its literal meaning, it implies that we should be moderate in our religiosity.

Interpretation of "Fitra"

According to Majma' al-bayan, "fitra" refers to monotheism and Islam with a tendency to which human beings are born and to which they innately resort. Al-Tabrisi cites a hadith from the Prophet of Islam (s) according to which, every person is born with the "fitra" until his parents make him a Jew or a Christian or a Zoroastrian.

In the majority of Shiite hadiths, "fitra" is interpreted as referring to monotheism. However, in some hadiths, other instances of fitra are also enumerated, such as knowledge of God, Islam, and wilaya.

Zurara has transmitted a hadith from Imam al-Baqir (a) according to which the "the original nature endowed by God according to which He originated mankind" means that human beings are created with knowledge of God. Otherwise, people did not know who their Lord and Livelihood-Provider is. In Ibn Shahrashub's al-Manaqib, there is a hadith in which Imam al-Rida (a) quotes Imam al-Sadiq (a) as saying that "fitra" refers to monotheism, the prophethood of Muhammad (s), and the wilaya of Imam Ali (a)

The Path to Guidance is One

Allama Tabataba'i and Jawadi Amuli have inferred from the phrase "the original nature endowed by God according to which He originated mankind" that there is only one path to human happiness. In their view, the phrase implies that human beings enjoy a certain fitra, that is, a certain sort of existence that guides them to a specific path to the purpose of their creation, just as other beings are guided to the purpose for which they are created, in accordance with Quranic verse "He said, ‘Our Lord is He who gave everything its creation and then guided it.’"[1]

Moreover, since all human beings are of one type and have the same general characteristics, there is only one path to their happiness.

Notes

  1. Qur'an 20:50

References

  • The material for this article is mainly taken from آیه فطرت in Farsi WikiShia.