Parables in the Quran
Parable: A simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson, using comparison
Parables give a depth of understanding, providing the reader
with a mental picture of the subject matter.
Allah (Subhanuhu wa ta’ala) uses parables to describe important concepts
that need to be well understood; such as dunya, shirk, kufr and hypocrisy.
In Surat Al-Ankabut ayah 43, Allah (Subhanuhu wa ta’ala) says
“And these similitudes We put forward for mankind, but none will grasp
their meaning except those who have knowledge.”
Each parable consists of three parts:
1. The subject to be understood (in this case, hypocrisy)
2. The parable; the comparison with another subject.
3. The similarity between the two.
Read the Parable explanation for Surah Baqarah: 17 here.