Payam-i Qur'an (book)

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Payam-i Qur'an (book)
AuthorAyatollah Makarim Shirazi and a group of authors in the Islamic Seminary of Qom
Original titleپیام قرآن
Series10 Vols.
SubjectThematic exegeses of the Qur'an
PublisherSeminary school of Amir al-Mu'minin

Payam-i Qur'an (Persian: پیام قرآن) (literally: the message of the Qur'an) is a thematic exegesis of the Qur'an in Persian, written by Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi and a group of authors in the Islamic Seminary of Qom. The book is in ten volumes, and it was written within eight years. In this work first, a topic or theme is specified, and then Qur'anic verses concerning the topic are cited, and then the verses are interpreted, and inferences are made based on them. The book has been translated into Arabic.

The Main Author

Ayatollah Nasir Makarim Shirazi (born in 1927 in Shiraz) is a Shiite scholar, theologian, jurist, expert in principles of jurisprudence, and exegete of the Qur'an, as well as a marja' and a prominent professor in the Islamic Seminary of Qom.

Style of Writing

Payam-i Qur'an is written in the style of a thematic exegesis. According to the author, Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi, all Qur'anic verses concerning a specific topic are gathered together without any prejudgment, and then they are interpreted one by one. Finally, the connection between these verses is considered and a general outline is provided based on all of them. In this style, the exegete does not contribute anything to the work. He just follows Qur'anic verses.[1]

Some researchers take the exegetical method in Payam-i Qur'an to be the standard method in thematic exegeses of the Qur'an.[2]

Other Authors

A number of authors from the Islamic Seminary of Qom co-authored the book with Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi, including,

  1. Muhammad Rida Ashtiyani
  2. Muhammad Ja'far Imami
  3. Abd al-Rasul Hasani
  4. Muhammad Asadi
  5. Husayn Tusi
  6. Sayyid Shams al-Din Ruhani
  7. Muhammad Muhammadi


Originally the book consisted of ten volumes, but two more volumes were later added to it,[3]

Volume one: On knowledge.

Volume two: Seeking God and knowing God.

Volume three: Ways of knowing God.

Volume four: Divine attributes of beauty and majesty.

Volume five: Resurrection.

Volume six: The Day of Judgment.

Volume seven: General Prophethood.

Volume eight: Special prophethood.

Volume nine: Imamate and wilaya.

Volume ten: the Islamic government.[4]

Topics in the two additional volumes consist in "foundation of ethics in the Qur'an" and "approbated and disapprobated moral conducts in the Qur'an".[5]

Date of Writing, Translation, and Summary

The writing of the book, Payam-i Qur'an, began in August-September 1987,[6] and its tenth volume was finished writing in 1374 sh/1995-6.[7] It was translated into Arabic under Nafahat al-Qur'an. It was summarized within three volumes by Sayyid Husayn Hashimiyan and Ali Asghar Himmatiyan under Barguzida-yi payam-i Qur'an.

See Also


  1. Makārim Shīrāzī, Payām-i Qurʾān, vol. 1, p. 29-30.
  2. Yadullahpūr, Mabānī wa siyr-i tārīkhī-yi tafsīr-i muḍūʿī-yi Qurʾān, p. 96.
  3. Maʿrifat, Tafsīr wa mufassirūn, vol. 2, p. 535.
  4. ʿAqīqī Bkhshāyishī, Ṭabaqāt-i mufssirān-i Shīʿa, p. 1030-1031.
  5. Maʿrifat, Tafsīr wa mufassirūn, vol. 2, p. 535.
  6. Makārim Shīrāzī, Payām-i Qurʾān, vol. 1, p. 1.
  7. Makārim Shīrāzī, Payām-i Qurʾān, vol. 10, p. 583.


  • ʿAqīqī Bkhshāyishī, ʿAbd al-Raḥīm. Ṭabaqāt-i mufssirān-i Shīʿa. Qom: Nawīd-i Islām, 1387 Sh.
  • Makārim Shīrāzī, Nāṣir. Payām-i Qurʾān. Qom: Madrisat Amīr al-Muʾminīn, 1368 Sh.
  • Maʿrifat, Muḥammad Hādī. Tafsīr wa mufassirūn. Translated to Farsi by Khayyāṭ Naṣīrī. Qom: Muʾassisa-yi Farhangī al-Tamhīd, 1379 Sh.
  • Yadullahpūr, Bihrūz. Mabānī wa siyr-i tārīkhī-yi tafsīr-i muḍūʿī-yi Qurʾān. Qom: Dār al-ʿIlm, 1383 Sh.