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 91 
 on: October 06, 2018, 02:43:34 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose



Aw!  Many thanks for this bit dear Sis.  Totally clear to me now.  Alhumdulilah.


Walaikum As-Salaam dear Sis .....

Furthermore, it's also very essential to clarify that the translated expression "six days" is a bit inaccurate.  The original term "ayyamin" in the Noble Quran  precisely means epoch or era or span or stages ... a stretch of time marked by significant events with specific characteristics.  Thus the original Arabic expression "sittati ayyamin" refers to 'six epochs' or six stages or six spans.  Again, only Allah would know the exact length of time of each of those six epochs.  It's impossible for anyone except HIM to confirm that.  Most translators have translated the word "ayyamin" as 'days' but apparently that translation is symbolic.  It may not mean the usual days of a week or month brought about by the rotation of the earth.  It's not literal and therefore it can lead to a misunderstanding for readers with little or no knowledge of Arabic.

Another very, very useful elucidation that has helped my understanding of this expression greatly and sounds perfectly logical.  You're right, the choice of the translation "six days" has caused misunderstandings among many.  I recall, a couple of years ago a revert brother was getting rather restless as he concluded that "six days" means the standard 24-hours a day as in this planet.  We could only tell him that most likely it's symbolic.  We didn't know the exact definition of the original term "ayyamin" and "sittati ayyamin."  That makes perfect sense.  Alhumdulilah.  And yes, the duration of each epoch or span is known to Allah only.

Plenty of thanks Sister Heba.   

Allah bless.



 

 92 
 on: October 06, 2018, 02:14:58 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn


Walaikum As-Salaam dear Sis .....

In my opinion that parenthetical expression briefly refers to the state of the universe (earth included) which existed before its creation, and Allah Almighty mentions it as "water."   But it may not literally mean the same water we have on earth.  It could be some other fluid or substance or gaseous matter.  Only The Almighty knows precisely what.  Thus when Allah says "His Throne had been upon water"  it means that before the creation of the heavens and the earth, the Throne of Allah rested upon that substance which He states as "water."   We cannot go any farther with this explanation as only Allah would know best what exactly that substance was.

The Quranic content of Verse 11:7 that follows the underlined portion, basically indicates the purpose of the creation of humankind which is a very popular query in scholarly spheres.   Very briefly, the purpose is to test humankind with a variety of challenges and also with successes as to how they handle these differing situations, proving the triumph or failure of their own souls in earthly life.    Unfortunately, as The Almighty Himself mentions in this Verse and it's so true as we see at present, most of humanity has chosen to disbelieve and has rejected resurrection.

Furthermore, it's also very essential to clarify that the translated expression "six days" is a bit inaccurate.  The original term "ayyamin" in the Noble Quran  precisely means epoch or era or span or stages ... a stretch of time marked by significant events with specific characteristics.  Thus the original Arabic expression "sittati ayyamin" refers to 'six epochs' or six stages or six spans.  Again, only Allah would know the exact length of time of each of those six epochs.  It's impossible for anyone except HIM to confirm that.  Most translators have translated the word "ayyamin" as 'days' but apparently that translation is symbolic.  It may not mean the usual days of a week or month brought about by the rotation of the earth.  It's not literal and therefore it can lead to a misunderstanding for readers with little or no knowledge of Arabic.




 93 
 on: October 06, 2018, 02:03:38 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Ruhi_Rose
 BismEm


And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in six days - and His Throne had been upon water - that He might test you as to which of you is best in deed. But if you say, "Indeed, you are resurrected after death," those who disbelieve will surely say, "This is not but obvious magic."  (11:7)  Surah Hud.

As-salam Alaykum folks.  Can anyone please elaborate the underlined portion of Verse 11:7 with some additional commentary?
 

 94 
 on: October 05, 2018, 11:53:44 pm 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by Zeynab


SubhanAllah.  All praise be to You, ya Rab.


Related topic:  Investigation before belief



 95 
 on: October 05, 2018, 06:01:45 pm 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by guest1162
Al-Quran mentions that the believers do ponder over the Universe around them which increases their faith in the Creator. The Creator is the original designer and maker of the Universe. As believers discover more and more about this Universe, their awe and appreciation for its splendor, its immaculate design and balance, its complexity  and its immense power, increases and they can appreciate more the absolute wisdom, knowledge and power of the Creator. The parameters of the Cosmos are so meticulously designed that even if one factor or physical property of the matter and energy had differed an iota, the whole Universe would have crashed. This extreme care to perfection leads the believers to believe that this is all by the design of the most intelligent being whom people of all religions call the Creator.

3:191  الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Those who remember Allah, standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and ponder in the creation of the skies and the earth, (They say). “Our Lord! not for falsehood have you created (all) this! Glory to You! give us salvation from the punishment of the fire.

The link to below post reviews verses of Quran about creation of the Universe and sequence of creation.

https://topicsfromquran.com/2018/05/19/creation-of-skies-and-the-earth/

 96 
 on: October 05, 2018, 12:56:31 am 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by N. Truth Seeker


Right sister .....

 97 
 on: October 05, 2018, 12:54:07 am 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by Ruhi_Rose


That's very true.   

Also, what  stands out in my mind is that the true  Muslims or submitters are the only ones whose title has been chosen by Allah Himself.  People of all other religions have named their faith after other humans or tribes etc.  For e.g. Jew is derived from a major Hebrew tribe, Juda.  Christian comes from "Christ" (the anointed), the title people gave to Essa son of Virgin Maryam.  Similarly Zoroastrians  (also known as parsis in Pakistan) are named after their religous leader, Zoroaster.  Hinduism comes from some sanskrit word written as "sindhu" meaning 'large body of water' or 'river' based on which hindus revere the water of a certain river in the east of South Asia ... I forget the name of that river.  Buddhism which is a branch of hinduism is named after its founder Buddha and so on.   

It is only the name 'Islam,'  the only Ultimate Truth, which is chosen by Allah.



 98 
 on: October 05, 2018, 12:08:26 am 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by N. Truth Seeker

Hummm .. interesting.    Actually  "Muslim" as in the Noble Quran refers to a believer who submits to Allah alone.  Islam means submission to Him only.   This defines Monotheism (Tawheed) which is the essence of the true Faith, without which one cannot proceed ahead as a Monotheist.  And if one is not a Monotheist, they cannot be a submitter and therefor not a Muslim. 

As for Jews and Christians, the Noble Quran refers to some of these folks who were righteous and also refers to many who were unrighteous at the time of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and earlier.  The Quran generally alludes to all Jews and Christians as People of the Scripture, of which, some opted to follow right guidance (Muslims or submitters) but many did not.

"They are not all alike.  Of the People of the Scripture there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of Allah in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie one with another in good works. These are of the righteous."  (3:113-114).   

"And if the People of the Scripture had believed it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-livers."  (3:110)


Anyone, regardless of their official label or denomination, who at heart sincerely surrender their purpose of life to Allah Almighty alone, would be 'Muslims' in His Sight.   Those Jews and Christians referred to as righteous in the Quran were by definition Muslims or submitters in Allah's Sight.  The term 'Muslim' in the Quran is actually a common noun, not a proper noun, denoting a segment of the human society in the world who follow a specific path as commanded by Allah, that is, submission (to Him alone).


Related post:
Can believers take disbelievers as friends


 99 
 on: October 03, 2018, 09:50:46 pm 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by guest1162
Quran mentions several groups of people with certain names or labels, such as Muslims, Jews, Christians, etc. When Quran introduces these labels it also gives behaviors and character traits of these people. An important point to keep in mind is that when Quran mentions for example ‘Jews’ it means those people who act according to traits given in Quran for Jews, and not by what the World calls them or not by what label they put on themselves.

And when Quran mentions ‘Muslims’, then those people who match the character traits of ‘Muslims’ in Quran are meant.  The labels that people put on themselves don’t matter. If some people call and label themselves as ‘Muslims’, however, their actions actually match the traits of ‘Jews’ given in the Book, then they are actually ‘Jews’ in the eyes of the Lord. Vice Versa, if some people call and label themselves as ‘Jews’, however they do not match the characteristics of ‘Jews’ in the Book, they are not ‘Jews’ in the eyes of the Lord.
 
The link to below post reviews the character traits of a few groups mentioned in Quran:

https://topicsfromquran.com/2018/05/04/recognize-groups-by-their-behaviors-not-by-their-labels/

 100 
 on: October 02, 2018, 11:06:52 pm 
Started by guest1162 - Last post by Ruhi_Rose

Brother, I'm shifting your last two posts in our "General Articles on the Glorious Quran" board.

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