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Surat al-Rahman: 13 and al-Kalam al-Mukarrar

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 3, 2022 at 08:16

Let us read Q55:13 and this is the edited version of the verse by al-mufasereen

فباي الاء ربكما تكذبان

1. فباي means: Then which

2. الاء this word has no clear meaning. The rasm would have been الا as there was no Hamza or alif madda in the consonantal text of the Qur'an. The edited word becomes آلَآء or االَااء !! or as per al-Qurtubi: الآلاء

al-Mufasereen were unable to read such word and why would it be this way that by the third century of Islam the meaning and vocalization of the word was lost. Notice that Ghali translates the word as: Boons.

So what does this word really mean? Only Allahu A'lam

However, according to السياق (context) of the sentence it very well could be: Favors

Now, check Surat al-Tawba: 10 and same word was read by Ibn Kathir as:

" جبرائيل " ، " ميكائيل " ، " إسرافيل " ، [ كأنه يقول : يضيف " جبر " ، و " ميكا " ، و " إسراف " ، إلى " إيل " ، يقول عبد الله : ( لا يرقبون في مؤمن إلا ) ] كأنه يقول : لا يرقبون الله .

Ibn Kathir is saying that إلا (same as in Surat al-Rahman) really means: Allah/God and it is from Hebrew and Aramaic El ܐܶܝܠ or there is a missing Ya and Lam in the Quranic text.

Could it be that the author is saying: Then which of your God, your Lord do you deny? I guess we will never know.

4. ربكما تكذبان means Your (Dual) Lord You (Dual) deny?

It is clear that we have two subjects here. However, the author of the Qur'an does not tell us. al-Mufasereen come to the rescue and tell us that they are: Humans and Jinn! Mashallah!

So what does this verse mean? Only Allahu A'lam

More? This verse is repeated in the same chapter at least 31 times (I stand corrected on the exact number) but why would the author of the Qur'an repeat himself ad nauseum?

al-Qurtubi has an answer: التكرير طردا للغفلة ، وتأكيدا للحجة (repeating get rid of lack of attention and strengthen the evidence) or in modern Arabic: التكرار بيعلم الحمار (repeating is how to teach a donkey)

This strange Quranic phenomenon of al-Kalam al-Mukarrar is best explained by Sheikh al-Azhar and here is the link:


Notice that Sheikh al-Azhar mentions that if al-Kalam al-Mukarrar is gone from the Quranic text, the Qur'an will shrink to the size of a كراسة or a booklet. What a disaster.


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