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Anfasakum one more time

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in response to reader comment: dhimmi thanks again!

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Aug 23, 2007 at 20:00

I just double checked in another edition of the Qur'an and there is a fatha above the seen which would make it anfasakum for sure

But ask him is he using the 1923-1924 Cairo edition of the Qur'an or is he using the Tunisian 1969 Qur'an, as it makes lots of difference

But a fatha or even a damma would not change the meaning. One thing that Muslims do not understand is that short vowels are a function (as well as long vowels) of your accent in Arabic (eg: in Lebanon the word mithil is the Egyptian mathal and they are both correct)

Another example is the much celebrated MLK: In the Egyptian Qur'an the word MKL in surat al-fatiha is read as maaliki and in the Tunisian copy it is read as maliki and yes the meaning here is different (the owner v. king) but the meaning in the case of anfasakum means yourselves/ one another.


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