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For Rizil: Of Anbia (and not al-nabiyyin) and al-rasul

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in response to reader comment: Claim Of Prophethood by Rashad Khalifa

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 4, 2006 at 18:09

My dear Rizal 3:81 does not define what is a messenger/prophet, it only assumes that the reader is already aware of the definition but it does not define it.

As a matter of fact I do believe that there is a mistake in grammar in this aya, and why am I not surprised?, the word al-nabiyyin (alif, lam, nuun with a fatha and a shadda, beh with a kasra, yeh with a shadda, and an alif underneath nuun with a fatha) should be al-anbiyya, but again if the author of the Quran can write poor grammatical Arabic as in "ina hadhan la sahran" anything is possible.

as for 33:7 and 33:40 I do not see any defintion that would support your case. The author of the Qur'an assumes that those who read it are already familiar with such definitions.

No I have not changed my mind: You need to do the following and i do not know how good is your Arabic but you need to:

1. You must consult Ibn Manzur's Lisan al-'Arab. Consulting the Qur'an in matters of the language I'm afraid to say will not help you that much.

2. You must do some reading about the Muslim masora and how it came about.

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