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Friday, December 26, 2008

WHAT DOES MA’AL MEAN?

“The meaning of ayat-i karimas [1] are given as ma’al” means “meaning as reported by the scholars of tafsir [2]”; for, the meanings of ayat-i karimas were understood only by Rasulullah 'sall-Allahu ’alaihi wa sallam', who, in his turn taught these meanings to his Sahaba [3]. The scholars of tafsir (science of interpretation of the Qur’an al-karim) differentiated these hadiths [4] from those made up by munafiqs [5], mulhids [6] and zindiqs [7], and, for those hadith-i-sharifs they could not find, they themselves gave meanings to those ayats by following the (rules and principles of the) knowledge of tafsir. What is understood by those people who are unlearned in the Islamic sciences, who speak Arabic but have no knowledge of tafsir, is not called the tafsir (interpretation) of the Qur’an. That is why a hadith sharif says, ‘One who gives meanings to the Qur’an al-karim according to his own understanding becomes a disbeliever.’ May Allahu ta’ala have us all keep to the right path shown by the scholars of Ahl as-Sunna [8]! May he protect us from believing in the false, deceitful, insidious lies of the enemies of Islam and of the non-Madhhabi [9] people using the name ‘great scholar of Islam’!

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GLOSSARY
[1] Ayat al-karima: a verse of al-Qur’an al-karim.
[2] tafsir: (book, science, of) interpretation of the Qur’an al karim.
[3] Sahaba: if a Muslim has seen the Prophet, or talked to him, at least once when the Prophet was alive, he is called Sahabi. Plural form of Sahabi is Sahaba or As’hab.
[4] hadith (sharif): a saying of the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam).
[5] munafiq: one in the disguise of a Muslim but disbelieves Islam, but believing in another religion; a hypocrite.
[6] mulhid: he who goes out of the Din by misunderstanding one or more parts of Islam.
[7] zindiq: an enemy of Islam who pretends to be a Muslim.
[8] Ahl as-Sunna (wa’l-Jama’a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali.
[9] non-Madhhabi: (la-madhhabi) of antagonism to the four madhhabs.

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