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Your Questions Answered 7

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Your Questions Answered - VII by Sayyed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi
Your Questions Answered - VII by Sayyed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi

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Can you please enlighten us with the correct meaning of the verse 52 of ch.22 (Hajj) which
"Never did We send a messenger or a prophet before thee, but, when he framed a desire,
Satan threw some (vanity) into his desire: but Allah will cancel anything (vain) that Satan
throws in."
Aparently this is the verse on which the accursed Salman Rushdie based his book, The
Satanic Verses.

A: I am sending to you my book, "The Qur'an and Hadith" (Revised and Enlarged edition).
You are advised to study the whole book minutely; but before any thing else, read the
Addenda: The Satanic Suggestion, (pp. 113-126) which deals particularly with this topic.


What is the meaning of Tafseer of Qur'an? When did it originate? Is the Tafseer concerned
only to the Shi'as'? How many Tafseers had been written so far? Whether the difference
between one Tafseer let's say A and other B are same or different?

A: Tafsir does not mean translation. It means explanation of real meaning and connotation
of a verse or verses. For example, take the verse, Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Its
translation is known to every body. But Tafsir tells us what is the implication of "Bi"; what
does the divine name, Allah, signify, what is the difference between Rahman, and Rahim;
and so on.

Tafsir originated with the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who explained the true significance of the
verses whenever they were revealed For example, when the verse was revealed which
says: “O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those vested with
authority from among you...” (4:59), the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) explained who "those vested
with authority" were, giving in detail the names of the twelve Imams (as.).

Books on Tafsir are found in every sect, and in these fourteen centuries thousands of such
books have been written by the Muslim scholars.

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