Do Not Beat Around the Bush
[2:189] They ask you about the phases of the moon! Say, “They provide a timing device for the people, and determine the time of Hajj.” It is not righteous to beat around the bush;* righteousness is attained by upholding the commandments and by being straightforward. You shall observe GOD, that you may succeed.
*2:189 The literal Quranic idiom says: “Do not enter the homes through the back doors.” The question about the phases of the moon is an example of beating around the bush; there were bad ulterior motives behind this question.
Righteousness is being straightforward. We need to formulate the thought and often times people think how they can win a point by making it have a double meaning so they can’t be wrong. It is powerful to be straightforward. What we formulate in our thoughts should be clear.
Forest Gump is an amazing movie where he lived a simple life and didn’t have a complex way of thinking. His candidness caused people to believe in him and start following him. When he decided to run everyone followed.
[3:7] He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses – which constitute the essence of the scripture – as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. None knows the true meaning thereof except GOD and those well founded in knowledge. They say, “We believe in this – all of it comes from our Lord.” Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.