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Surat al-Rahman: The Two Seas Tradition, more Variant Traditions and Deciphering Q55:19 and Q55:20 Part 2

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 12, 2022 at 07:03

Now let us read Q55:20 which is the second verse in this tradition (I urge the reader to read part 1 first):

بينهما برزخ لا يبغيان

1. بينهما means: Between them (dual)

2. برزخ means: Dry land/Isthmus between two bodies of water and for more details about the word برزخ see the previous post.

al-Qurtubi tells us that a Barzkh is: برزخ أي حاجز or Barzkh or A BARRIER.

Then he says: وجعل بينهما برزخا ، وتحول أحدهما ملحا أجاجا ، وبقي الآخر على حالته عذبا فراتا

Or: (Allah) placed between them (the two bodies of water) a Barzkh or partition/Isthmus) and one body of water became salty and the other remained sweet.

And this makes sense that salty and sweet water would not mix if there is a barrier placed between them and notice that this is a physical barrier.

3. لا means: Not

4. يبغيان : Means They (dual) oppress

al-Mufasereen, as usual, come to the rescue and they tell that يبغيان means لا يبغيان على الناس فيغرقانهم or "they do not oppress the people by drowning them" or may be: "جعل بينهما وبين الناس يبسا" or "he created between them (the two bodies of water) and the people dry (land which would be the Isthmus)"

al-Qurtubi fixes the strange syntax as follows: لولا البرزخ الذي بينهما لا يبغيان أن يلتقيا

Or: Without the barrier (Barzkh) between them (dual) they do not oppress (means) They MEET.

So Allah places a dry land between the salty and sweet water so they do not mix.

Any ignorant tablighee who tells you that this is not what these two verses say is not telling you the truth.

Here is a link to Tafsir al-Qurtubi (I quoted al-Qurtubi however his Tafsir is very similar to al-Tabari)


Next? The other Two Seas Tradition and it is Q25:53

Stay tuned


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