A thought occurred to me last night that I figured I should share here. If you're a mathematician and are presented with these two verses. What conclusion would you make?
Wouldn't you conclude that the look-alike verses are
My thought is that all verses of the Quran are Muhkam (definitive). However, some are definitive on their own, while others require support to show that they are. That's where the look-alike verses come in. They serve as emphasis, evidence, elucidating parables for each other. Self-definitive verses, on the other hand, do not require such support; they are definitive on their own.
The look-alike verses must be the majority, hence the verse,
Verse 3:7 tells us that the look-alike verses are vulnerable to misinterpretation by those who wish to make their own definitive interpretation of them, that such approach leads to sedition between believers. Indeed, if God wanted those verses to be self-definitive, He would have.