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Salat "al-Wusta" (Verse 2:238) Surah Al-Baqrah

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« on: July 12, 2019, 07:46:49 am »

Oh!  A ton of thanks dear Sis.  We knew something was amiss in most of those translations.  So, the real definition of "wusta" is 'excellent or best' and the translation 'balanced' represents the same positive aspect of the definition.   Right? 

Seems to me that the variation of 'middle' came about by stretching the meaning 'balanced' a bit too far.  I would understand that 'balanced' in explaining the Arabic term 'wusta' defines the all-inclusive ideology, a comprehensive concept, which is what salat is .. representing the complete code of laws as stated by The Almighty in the Noble Quran.  Plus, it also tests the extent of our commitment and the depth of our respect to Him.  All aspects taken together, it represents the excellence of salat.   It's the far stretched variation of 'balanced' that brings the idea of 'middle.'   So, when some translations mention it as "middle prayer" it's obviously taken as the Asr prayer which comes in the middle of the total 5 prayers of each day.  But certainly this isn't what V.2:238 means. 

From what I assume, the term "wusta" has been further extended in Urdu as 'connection' often pronounced as 'wasta.'  This ensues from the already broadened (and inaccurate) definition of "middle" where the word 'middle' is taken as a connecting source of any two things - persons, families, groups, institutions, countries, cities etc. 

Thanks again Sister Heba.   I'll share this with my husband right away, Insh'Allah.

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