Quranic Style of Storytelling
In order to appeal to human beings’ hearts
and minds, the Holy Qur’an has used a number of approaches. This
has been in an effort to persuade humans to support the truth,
which is traced back to God, and the true path, which leads to
Him. It has been done in such a way as to allow the faith to
touch on the innermost feelings of man. The spiritual experience
should roam in the vast realm of the ideology, lest the faith be
dulled by the emptiness of the thought, or the thought should
give in to the rawness of the senses.
among the styles of dialogue the Holy Qur’an has adopted. The
approach has been applied to different brands of storytelling.
Some have been historical tales, which talk about the prophets
of old and bygone generations; others have been meant to serve a
moral purpose; and a third type of tale, which is precise and
terse in what it tries to convey, usually discusses a certain
position or a particular aspect of a certain human being.
In its aims and
objects, the story is not intended to give us an account of
history per se. It is not expected to dwell on portraying
a picture only of what happened, so that it should be governed
by the modus operandi of storytelling, especially the detailed
account of the incident or the position.
The Quranic story
is entwined with the main guidelines and message of the Holy
Qur’an, i.e. the call to the way of God, guiding people to the
truth, and eventually showing them the light to believing in God
and submitting to Him. Thus, it seeks to deliver man from the
darkness of dishonesty and malpractice to the light that is
emanating from the heart of the Message in God’s realms.
In the historical
facts and situations of which the Qur’anic story has told, it
has sought to achieve all the aims [discussed above]. Sometimes
it can be seen that particular historical stories have been
repeated in more that one surah, because they have a
bearing, as a whole or in part, on the context and the notion
being discussed in that particular chapter.
As a result, the
Quranic style advocates different approaches to telling the
story. Sometimes a detailed account of the story is given, which
may contain most of the characteristics of storytelling. At
other times, it gives a summary, usually contained in one or two
The style may
tackle the story either from the start or the end, according to
the idea or the aspect being discussed or handled, or the
situation or position being highlighted or focused on.
The Quranic story
stresses the unity of the Message
Among the aims of the Quranic story are
stressing the unity of the Divine Message, the unity of the
methods the messengers use to call to the way of God, the unity
of the spiritual world they live in while making efforts to
deliver the Message and in enduring the trials and tribulations
in executing their missions, including the challenges mounted
against them by their adversaries. This should serve as evidence
of the one common path that God wanted His Messages to run
along. It should also serve as a proof of the uniform problems
that the activists confront at all times and places, regardless
of the differences in circumstances of each and every mission
and messenger. In the same vein, the Quranic story tries to
highlight the uniformity that characterizes the motives of the
unbelievers, the haughty, and the straying, in that these
motives stem from personal inclinations. The unbelievers do not
seem to be standing on any ideological ground in their rejection
of God’s Message.
The history of
the prophets, in all that they came to stand for, the problems
they faced, and the achievements they made, was an important
factor in achieving that aim. For this reason, the Holy Qur’an
has discussed in detail their experiences and personal and
public positions. This is so that Prophet Mohammad (p.), his
companions, and those who have followed in their footsteps would
find the lively picture of reunion between the past and the
present of the Divine Messages. That is, without losing sight of
the difference in time, place, and circumstances that had
characterized each and every Message. Pondering their history
would provide us with the opportunity to learn from their
experiences in spreading the Message. Their history would
provide us with the experience we require to withstand the
pressures and odd situations, and thus give us the strength and
resilience to weather adversity. It makes clear how God
eventually perfected His victory on the prophets in anchoring
their Messages firmly on the stage of life, against all the odds
Also among the
aims of the Qur’an is presenting life’s issues by way of giving
examples, where the concept should be clearly defined. Thus the
Quranic story has proved to be among the most successful methods
of achieving this end result, by virtue of manifesting the
notion in a live and dynamic real life setting, instead of
talking about it in abstract terms.
styles of Quranic storytelling
One can talk about two distinct manners of
telling the story in the Holy Qur’an: reporting the incidents
from the start of the tale to its end, and role-play, where each
player in the plot plays his or her part in a transparent style.
Interaction between the players then ensues.
approach deals with minor incidents of history. The storyteller
here plays the role of guiding the listener to the fundamental
points in a manner that borders on the instructive in filling
The importance of
the dialogue style of storytelling lies in its attempt to
simplify and make understandable the concept all round, so that
no aspect should remain ambiguous. This is because each party to
the dialogue does their best to put across their point of view.
However, there is
another point that distinguishes the dialogue style. It paints a
live and dynamic picture of the scene. Thus, the reader lives
the situations, one after the other, trying to visualize the
climate of the historical occurrences through the activity of
the heroes of the story as though he were living then. The
reader does not only experience the narrative and its
connotations, but also the dynamism and atmosphere that govern
the entire story. It is obvious, therefore, that recounting the
facts of the story per se cannot serve this purpose,
although it should provide a detailed account of the situation.
This has been the
reason why the Holy Qur’an has concentrated more on dialogue in
telling a story in order to portray a lively picture of the
history of the Message in its vitality in real life situations,
which the Qur’an has desired to relate to the present, stressing
the common denominator between all the Divine Messages. It may
be said too that the Holy Qur’an has desired to raise the vital
issues that relate to people’s lives in order to give them that
extra dimension in their minds.
We will also come
up with some samples of Quranic stories that are told in a
dialogue style, in the history of prophetic missions to deliver
the Divine Message to people. Some stories should also touch on
the fundamental issues as they simmer in real life situations.
This should help the cause of propagating the way to God and the
journey of Islam in life.
In recent future we will add the article on
Noah and his people, related to the above concepts.
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