Monday, December 05, 2005


Salaam all,

This is 2:192
فَإِنِ انتَهَوْاْ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Faini intahaw fainna Allaha ghafoorun raheem

The Aya says:
Therefore, if they stopped, then the GOD is all protector (of all), bringer (of people) to HIS womb-like mercy.

My personal note:
The AYA says that if they stopped fighting then GOD will cover and protect all. This means that GOD will protect the Muslims as well as the ones that ceased fighting Muslims. GOD is basically asking the Muslims not to fight the ones that stopped fighting them.

GOD may be even mentioning that HE may cover and protect the aggressors from his wrath through forgiveness . It also mentions that GOD brings the people to his womb and that is the sign of HIS mercy.

One can also understand it as the forgiver and merciful which is the more traditional understanding.

Translation of the transliterated words:
Faini: therefore if
Intahaw: they made themselves stop
Note: the root is N-H-Y and it means stopping short of doing something or just stopping. It can be used as an ending of something or as an order to stop doing something or to stop before doing something. INTAHAW is the third person plural past tense of a verb that is derived from the root. This verb means made selves become stopping in a literal sense. This in turn means made themselves stop or just stop.
Fainna: therefore verily
Allaha: ALLAHA/the GOD
Ghafoorun: coverer for protection/forgiver
Note: the root is GH-F-R and it means covering for protection. The concrete word is the helmet of the fighter. This term is also used to mean mean forgiveness from sin because it means that GOD is covering the person from the effect of their sin as well as covering them from committing a sin. GHAFOOR is the one that covers for protection. So, here, GOD is giving the ones that stop fighting the Muslims protection and even forgiveness if they went further.
Raheem: merciful/bringer of people to HIS womb-like mercy
Note: the root is R-HA-M and it means womb. RAHEEM is the one that brings the people to his womb. This means merciful as well as all the other great things that come with the womb.

Salaam all and have a great day


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