Guestbook opened for now. We aren't registering members at the moment. Guests wanting to post brief queries may post in our guestbook. No lengthy debates please. Kindly note: MV is a place for serious learning through mutual consultation where we have zero tolerance for trouble-makers, narcissists and needless disputants. We simply stand for what is compatible with the Noble Quran regardless of titles such as "traditionalism" or "modernism."
Muslim Villa
June 20, 2021, 05:22:53 pm
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
  Home Help Search Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  

Quranic word al-amanati translated at 'deposit' in V. 4:5. Feedback needed.


+-
Shoutbox
July 07, 2020, 11:23:26 am N. Truth Seeker: InshAllah, vaccine will come but might take a bit of time.
July 07, 2020, 11:22:43 am Heba E. Husseyn: Exactly ... !
July 07, 2020, 11:22:10 am Zeynab: World stuck in a pandemic desperately needs a vaccine.
July 07, 2020, 11:21:18 am N. Truth Seeker: lol true.
July 07, 2020, 11:20:59 am N. Truth Seeker: Very soon it will be neck deep.
July 07, 2020, 11:20:23 am Heba E. Husseyn: Dr. Fauci in US says country is knee-deep in pandemic.
May 30, 2019, 06:15:49 am Zeynab: Alhudulilah, yes sister Ruhi.  Time flies in this fleeting world.  May Allah The Almighty accept our hard work in the permanent world.  That's the real success.
May 30, 2019, 03:43:58 am Ruhi_Rose: Jumaa-tul-widaa (farewell to Ramadan) tomorrow Friday 31.  How time flies!  Ya Allah, keep us close to Your mercy.
View Shout History
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Send this topic  |  Print  
Author Topic: Quranic word al-amanati translated at 'deposit' in V. 4:5. Feedback needed.  (Read 35 times)
Ruhi_Rose
TEAM MUSLIM VILLA The Avid Reader | Mom of 3 cute rascals
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 3457



WWW
Badges: (View All)
« on: May 12, 2021, 01:25:05 pm »

 

BismEm



"Indeed!  Allah commands you that you restore deposits to their owners, and, if you judge between mankind, that you judge justly.  Indeed! comely is this which Allah admonishes you.   Indeed! Allah is ever Hearer, Seer."   4:58  An Nissa.


Salams dear folks.    What does the term "deposit" in this translation refer to.   In the original Arabic, Allah Almighty mentions the word al-amānāti which Pickthall has translated as 'deposit.'  Some details on its explanation would be greatly appreciated.   Allah bless.


Report Spam   Logged

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Zeynab
TEAM MV Founder
Admin
Hero Member
*
Posts: 4831



WWW
Badges: (View All)
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2021, 02:08:03 pm »



Wa'salaam dear Sister Ruhi.     I think Pickthall's translated choice of the word "deposit" is not too accurate in this Verse of Surah An-Nissa.  

The sahih International translates it better:

"Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice.  Excellent is that which Allah instructs you.   Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing."  4:58  An-Nissa.

"al-amanati" means trust rather than 'deposit.'   The word deposit generally carries the monetary or financial definition.   But that isn't what Allah refers to in this Verse.  Instead, Allah Almighty commands that those people who are honorable, honest, virtuous and reliable are the ones who must be trusted .. that trust must be restored to the trustworthy. The other part of this Verse is about justice which is of course correctly translated by Pickthall and I'm sure you understand it;  it's about promoting the concept of justice. 
 
I found A.A. Maududi's commentary on this Verse very helpful.


Quote:

Muslims are warned that they should avoid those evils in which the people of Bani Israel were involved. They gave away the positions of trust to incompetent and dishonest people. They began to entrust positions of responsibility and religious and political leadership to inefficient, bigoted and immoral persons. As a result, the whole community became corrupt. The Muslims are being cautioned against such missteps and told to entrust responsibility to trustworthy and competent people who are deserving of it.

Another evil that was prevalent among the Jews was injustice. They had lost the very sense and spirit of justice and become utterly inequitable and dishonest  without any pangs of conscience. The Muslims were personally having a bitter experience because of the bias of the Jews in al-Medinah. These Jews were supporting the idolaters of Quraysh against the Muslims who believed in Tawheed though comparing the lives of the pagans with the followers of Monotheism, it was obvious that the former were the misguided ones and the latter were the ones rightly guided.  On the one side, they saw the pure lives of the Final Messenger (pbuh) and his followers; on the other, they witnessed the immoral lives of their enemies who buried their daughters alive, married their step mothers and went round the Ka`bah in naked state. Still these "people of the Book" preferred the idolatrous people to the Believers, and brazenly declared that the pagans were more rightly guided than the believers of Allah, The One and Only.   Allah Almighty warns the Believers against this sort of injustice and enjoins them always to say what is fair, true and right, and to judge between the people with justice whether they be friends or foes.

Unquote:

Report Spam   Logged

Ruhi_Rose
TEAM MUSLIM VILLA The Avid Reader | Mom of 3 cute rascals
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 3457



WWW
Badges: (View All)
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2021, 02:10:44 pm »



Ah!  Okay, got it.   Big thanks Sister Zeynab .....
Report Spam   Logged

Zeynab
TEAM MV Founder
Admin
Hero Member
*
Posts: 4831



WWW
Badges: (View All)
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 02:11:27 pm »



Welcome sis  .....
Report Spam   Logged


Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Send this topic  |  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Scammers & spammers will be reported | If you borrow MV contents you must mention our link with hypertext | MV Team is not responsible for comments by members or guests.
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum


Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy