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Deciphering the Qur'an one word at a time and the word أبا or Aba in Surat 'Abasa:31 Part 1

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Submitted by dhimmi no more, Mar 4, 2019 at 13:20

Dr. Pipes,

Students of classical Arabic and the early Arabic language realize early on that the Qur'an has its share of foreign non Arabic words and words that have no clear meaning and case in point is the word أبا in Q80:31 and the verse is as follows:

وفاكهة وأبا

Or: And fruits and Abba (I left this word untranslated because this word has no meaning. There is no Arabic word called Abba)

al-Tabari does not seem to know and he is only guessing and he provides many possible meanings with no clear conclusion. And if al-Tabari did not know then we should not expect much from the latter mufasereen

http://quran.ksu.edu.sa/tafseer/tabary/sura80-aya31.html

Well, the word Abba is from Syriac ܐܒܐ or Ibba or fruits/produce of the earth

http://www.assyrianlanguages.org/sureth/dosearch.php?searchkey=13&language=id

And the above verse should be read as:

And the fruits and the produce of earth

And the meaning is now very clear

And more evidence that there was a disconnect between 632 CE when Muhammad died and 2.5-3 centuries later when the non Arab al-Tabari was writing his tafsir! The meaning of the word ܐܒܐ was lost.

Next? The Quranic word Sariya سريا or another word that has no meaning in Arabic and is Muhammad an اسم او لقب or name or a title!

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