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The theme needs no introduction or any beating about the bush as the issue dominates current hermeneutic narratives and polemical debates and must be understood in the historical context of the Qur’an and in light of its holistic message.  

Those who insist on literalist interpretation must admit that any literalist interpretation of the Qur’an will call for, among other things, employing birds of prey to hunt for food (5:4), journeying to Mecca on lean mounts (22:27), resisting an invasion by standing firm like a solid block in the battlefield (61:4) and having a cavalry division in the armed forces (8:60)……