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Strange names given to animals by idolaters (V.103-104 Al-Maidah)


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« on: June 10, 2021, 03:31:17 am »



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"Allah has not appointed anything in the nature of a Bahirah or a Sa'ibah or a Wasilah or a Hami, but those who disbelieve invent a lie against Allah.   Most of them have no sense."   5:103   Al-Maidah.

"And when it is said unto them: Come unto that which Allah has revealed and unto the messenger, they say:  Enough for us is that wherein we found our fathers.  What!  Even though their fathers had no knowledge whatsoever, and no guidance?"    5:104  Al-Maidah.



As-Salam Alaykum everyone.

These mythical names - Bahirah, Saibah, Wasilah, Hami - quoted by Allah Almighty in the above Verses were given by the idolaters to certain animals with false stories in regard to those animals connecting them with their idols.   What the heck were these practices in the era of jahilya? 

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 03:45:32 am »



Walaykom AsSalam.   

These were strange and ridiculous ignorant practices of the days of ignorance in Arabia .. a huge stack of complex illiterate shit!   The idolaters assigned these names to camels with false beliefs for the cause of their idols.   I don't know the details but just have some general information.  "Bahirah" was the name given to a she camel they would pick who was not allowed to be milked because she was supposed to belong to their idols.   "Saibah" was the name given to a female camel who was not permitted to be taken for riding or travelling etc. because she was also dedicated to their idols.   "Wasilah" was another label given of a female camel that gave birth to female camels during its first and second deliveries, and this camel was also dedicated to the idols of the pagans.  Hami was a label given to a male camel dedicated to idols that had fathered a certain number of calves. 

Mohsin Khan has given quite a detailed explanation in brackets of his translation and A.A. Maududi's commentary also describes this pagan practice with some details.


Mohsin Khan translation of V.5:103 with tafsir in brackets:

"Allah has not instituted things like Bahirah (a she camel whose milk was spared for the idols and nobody was allowed to milk it) or a Sa'ibah (a she camel let loose for free pasture for their false gods, e.g. idols, etc., and nothing was allowed to be carried on it), or a Wasilah (a she camel set free for idols because it has given birth to a she camel at its first delivery and then again gives birth to a she camel at its second delivery) or a Ham (a stallion camel freed from work for their idols, after it had finished a number of matings assigned for it, all these animals were liberated in honour of idols as practised by pagan Arabs in the preIslamic period). But those who disbelieve invent lies against Allah, and most of them have no understanding."



Maududi's commentary, quote:

"In this verse the superstitious practice of dedicating animals to idols, graves, gods or saints, and leaving them to roam about and graze at liberty has been condemned. In the pre-Islamic Arabia, they gave different names to such animals and marked them off, and considered it unlawful to take any service from them or slaughter them for food or derive any benefit from them in any way. Bahirah was the name given to a she-camel which had five young ones, the last of which was a he-camel. Her ear was then split and she was turned loose to roam at liberty. After this, none would ride her nor drink her milk nor slaughter her nor shear her hair. She was allowed to graze in any field and pasture and drink from any watering place.   Sa'ibah was the name given to that he-camel or she-camel which was let loose as a mark of gratitude in fulfillment of a vow taken for recovery from some illness or safety from some danger. Sa ibah was also the name given to the she-camel which had ten young ones, each of which was a she-camel. Wasilah was the name given to a special he-goat which was one of the first born twins, the other of which was a she-goat. The practice about the first born young ones was that they used to sacrifice, in the haute of their deities, the first horn young one if it happened to be a he-goat. But if they happened to be twins the: would not sacrifice the he-goat and would call it Wasilah and set it at liberty in the name of deities. Ham was the name given to a he-camel as soon as his "grandson" became grown up and fit for riding: it was then set at liberty. The same name also was given to a he-camel which begot ten young ones and was set at liberty."
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 03:49:38 am »




When humans are hellbent on following things of which they have absolutely no knowledge, their misguidance can really be disastrous!     

Thank you brother TS for all the info you provided.    Ignorance is such an awful disease !!

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You're totally right sister, ignorance is an awful disease that is disastrous for the soul.
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