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 Post subject: Verses 24:27-29
PostPosted: 05 Jun 2009, 10:06 
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 Post subject: Re: Verses 24:27-29
PostPosted: 02 Aug 2012, 23:09 
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The verb تستأنسوا in 24:27 is widely translated "to get permission", but that's not linguistically correct. It means to seek confirmation that the place is not vacant. That's because the verb origin, أنس, is the opposite of the word وحش, which means to be deserted. This understanding is further confirmed by the following verses. Verse 24:28 addresses the case where the place is occupied but permission to enter is not granted. Verse 24:29 addresses the case where the place is unoccupied.

So, I suggest,

{24:27} O you who have believed, do not enter homes other than your homes until you ascertain occupancy and greet their tenants. That is better for you; perhaps you will remember.

{24:28} And if you do not find anyone therein, do not enter them until permission has been given you. And if it is said to you, "Go back," then go back; it is purer for you. And God is, of what you do, quite knowledgeable.

{24:29} It is not a violation upon you to enter unoccupied homes in which there is a utility for you. And God knows what you reveal and what you conceal.

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