Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the apparent of the Qur’an and its inside
Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله عن محمد بن خالد الأشعري، عن إبراهيم بن محمد الأشعري، عن ثعلبة بن ميمون، عن أبي خالد القماط، عن حمران بن أعين، قال: سألت أبا جعفر عليه السلام عن ظهر القرآن و بطنه. فقال: ظهره الذين نزل فيهم القرآن، وبطنه الذين عملوا بمثل أعمالهم يجري فيهم ما نزل في أولئك.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Muhammed bin Khalid al-Ash’ari, from Ibrahim bin Muhammed bin al-Ash’ari, from Tha’laba bin Maimoun, from Abu Khalid al-Qammat, from Hamran bin A’yan, that he said: I asked Abu Ja’far, peace be upon him, about the apparent of the Qur’an and its inside. He said: Its apparent applies to those for whose sake the (scattered verses of the) Qur’an was revealed, and its inside applies to those who act by the same deeds of theirs; it continues in them what was revealed for the sake of those (of the apparent sense).