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Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: To dhimmi no more: your help required

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 19, 2007 at 08:05

Hi Plato

you have selected some of the worst translations of the Qur'an by a couple of Pakistanis and one Englishman that only lived in India.

So here is one more time and this is Qur'an 114

1. The word Rab does not mean Lord it means God. The Arabic word Lord means Sayyid, and for this we have to check Arabic translations of the Bible where the Lord Jesus Christ becomes: al-Sayyid yasoo3 al-maseeh

2. The word in the sura is al-nas. The word al-nas means the people. The word men in Arabic is al-rijala. The word mankind or humanity means al-bashar

So here is my translation and notice that this is transliteration and not vocalization

qul aa3udhu bi rab al-nas Or

ISay: I seek refuge in the God of the people

maliki al-nas Or

the king of the poeple

ilah al-nas Or

The God of the people

If it would have said al-rijala the translation would be men and if it was al-bashar the translation would be (the) mankind.


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