Hadith on Tafsir: Beware deviants who misuse unclear Quran verses

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, recited the verse, “It is He who revealed the Book to you, in which are decisive verses that are the foundation of the Book, and others are ambiguous. As for those in whose hearts is deviance, they follow what is ambiguous from it, seeking discord and its interpretation, but none knows its interpretation but Allah and those grounded in knowledge say: We have faith in them, all of it is from our Lord. Yet none will take heed but those of understanding.” (3:7) Then, the Prophet said, “If you see those who seek the ambiguous verses in it, they are those whom Allah has named. Beware of them!

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 4547, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2665

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ قَالَتْ تَلَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّنَا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ قَالَتْ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ فَأُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ سَمَّى اللَّهُ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ

4547 صحيح البخاري كتاب تفسير القرآن سورة آل عمران باب منه آيات محكمات

2665 صحيح مسلم كتاب العلم باب النهي عن اتباع متشابه القرآن والتحذير من متبعيه والنهي عن الاختلاف في القرآن