Some books of Arabic Rhetoric mention that there are metaphors in the
Qur'an, and this causes some skepticism among them. Examples include
"He must free a neck (believing slave) and compensation (blood, money, i.e., Diya)"
So they call this a metaphor because it is a slave that is being set
free, but it mentions a neck with the meaning of slave. So is it correct
to call this a metaphor? And Allah's saying:
"Saying with their mouths what was not in their hearts"
But they said it with their tongues, while "mouth" is mentioned to refer to that. And Allah's saying:
"Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him))?"
What was opened was the heart, and the chest is mentioned metaphorically to refer to that. Allah also said:
"They thrust their fingers in their ears."
They say that they only put the tip of their finger in the ear, not all
of the finger, while finger alone was mentioned. There are many other
examples of this problem. Is it correct to say that there are metaphors
in the Qur'an, and what is the evidence for it, and are there metaphors
in Hadiths as well.
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