Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Salaam all,

This is 2:209
فَإِن زَلَلْتُمْ مِّن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءتْكُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
Fain zalaltum min baAAdi ma jaatkumu albayyinatu faiAAlamoo anna Allaha AAazeezun hakeemun

The Aya says:
So, if you (plural) slipped after the clarifiers came to you. Therefore know that Allah is strong, resistant to pressure, wise.

My personal note:
This is an interesting Aya in many ways. It reminds us that we can slip after having received the message. It also reminds us that GOD is strong and resistant and that HE is wise. In a way, it reminds us that we cannot fight GOD and it remind us to feel safe in his wisdom.

Translation of the transliterated words:
Fain: So if
Zalaltum: you (plural) slipped
Note: the root is Z-L-L and it means slipping as something slipping on earth and so forth. This is the concrete meaning and it is understood as well in the abstract terms. ZALALTUM is the third person plural past tense of a verb that is derived from the root. This verb means you (plural) became slipping. This, in turn means here you slipped in the plural sense.
Min: from
baAAdi: after
Note: the root is B-Ain-D and it means further in time or place. Further in place means moving further and in time it attains the meaning of after.
Ma: What
Jaatkumu: came to you
Note: the root is J-Y-Hamza and it means coming. JAAT is the third person singular or plural feminine in the past tense. The meaning of the verb is literally arrived coming by her/them (feminine) which means came by her. KUMU means plural you. So JAATKUMU means in reality came to you by/through her or by them
Albayyinatu: The clarifiers
Note: The root is B-Y-N and it means in concrete between. The action of the verb is betweening. This betweening can mean clarifying because one can know better the difference between two things. It also can mean distancing because the betweening makes things become apart. ALBAYYINAT means the betweeners which here fits best with the clarifiers.
faiAAlamoo: Therefore know
Note: FA means therefore or So. iAALAMOO is derived from the root Ain-L-M and it means knowing or knowledge. iAALAMOO is an order form of a verb that is derived from the root and that is addressing a group of people. This verb says. You (plural) know
Anna: That
Allaha: Allah/The GOD
AAazeezun: strong and resistant to pressure.
Note: the root is Ain-Z-Z and it means strength and resistance to change or pressure. AAaZEEZUN means strong and resistant to pressure at the same time.
Hakeemun: Wise/Steerer.
Note: the root is Ha-K-M and it means in it’s most concrete the steer that is put on the animals to steer them. This word is then used to mean rule as well as best judgement using the best tools available including knowledge, compassion and justice. This, in Arabic is considered the essence of wisdom. HAKEEMUN is the best steerer which is the wisest of the wise.

Salaam all and have a great day


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