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The female companions of the garden

We deal here with the subject of ḥūr ʿīn and kawāʿib as used in the Qur’an. While some well-intentioned Qur'an-centric researchers may baulk at the Traditionalist's values for these terms (coming as they do from the ḥadīth) a full and systematic comparison of instances and contexts reveals the Traditionalist's values here to be fully sustainable – though, admittedly, not for the reasons the Traditionalist himself offers. There is scant internal ...

Notes on 27:1

This is an addendum to my presentation on the muqaṭṭaʿāt and pertains to the case of kitāb at 27:1. The full presentation is found in video form both on my YouTube channel and on this site. Note that conventions such as the use of bold and italics are carried over from Article XX in the Appendix to The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation (ebook or Reference Edition) which treats of the ...

Zakat in the Qur’an

zakāt – purity The Traditionalist claims that the expression ātā al zakāt means to pay a specific annual tax on wealth in order to purify it. I previously subscribed to the view that ātā al zakāt bore some relation to the value the Traditionalist claims for it albeit in a way which precluded any insistence upon a particular amount; one which emphasised, rather, a right attitude; namely, the imperative to ...

The meaning of the mysterious letters in the Qur’an

The question of the meaning of the mysterious letters in the Quran – known in Arabic as the muqaṭṭaʿāt – has both intrigued and frustrated Muslims since the time of the revelation over 1,400 years ago. Many theories have been advanced as to the meaning of the muqaṭṭaʿāt – or mysterious letters – none of them convincing. In the final analysis, the truth is that, so far, no-one has understood ...

Construction conventions in the Qur’an

Here we identify the Qur’anic sense for particular construction conventions which use particles and particle collocations. I have applied the same iterative, pan-textual methodology to extract clear meanings and then applied them consistently. In most cases, besides the consistent application, the values are the same or very similar to those which the Traditionalist assumes. In most cases, any difference is a matter of emphasis or nuance. One or two instances ...

Faith-based nomenclature in the Qur’an

This article looks at Qur’anic usage regarding the groups typically rendered Jews, Christians and Muslims. Jews The English word Jew is a fairly recent innovation. The letter j entered usage only around the middle of the 15th century. In the New Testament gospel accounts, in the Latin of the Vulgate, Jesus is portrayed at the crucifixion under a sign which reads Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudeorum. Jesus is referred to as ...

baghy (sectarian zealotry) in the Qur’an

baghy – sectarian zealotry The Traditionalist renders this variously – and not incorrectly – as tyranny, oppression, outrage, envy and synonyms. However, this rendering conveys the result and not primary causes of the value. The context at 2:90 indicates clearly that baghy is a reprehensible act based on a sectarian distinction or pride: Evil is that for which they sold themselves by denying what God sent down through sectarian zealotry, ...

Nomenclature of wrongdoing in the Qur’an

There is a range of words which indicates wrongdoing in the Qur’an. The Traditionalist has no discernible method for identifying the meaning of such words and nor, typically, does he exercise much consistency in his translation of them. However, the meaning of the words which denote wrongdoing can be established in most cases either by Qur’anic definition or contextual evidence. i-th-m – falsehood, falsity, false Translated generically by the Traditionalist ...

The meaning of the ‘-dh-y root in the Qur’an

The Traditionalist renders the verb and noun based on the ‘-dh-y root eclectically, beetling between such values as punish, torture, abuse, harm, hurt and annoy as his requirements dictate. Such arbitrary treatment of the meaning of words in scripture does not meet my standards. A car alarm going off outside my window is an annoyance. What the ruling elite does with impunity to the children of the slave class is ...

alladhīna ūtū al kitāb in the Qur’an

alladhīna ūtū al kitāb – those in possession of the law (Please search the site for other articles which deal with the question of kitab in the Qur'an. The content here is also found in full in the Appendix section of The Qur'an: A Complete Revelation which you can download below.) And when a messenger from Allāh came to them confirming that which was with them, a party of those ...