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 Post subject: Verses 4:131-134
PostPosted: 07 Jun 2009, 05:18 
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 Post subject: Re: Verses 4:131-134
PostPosted: 17 Sep 2009, 16:41 
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{4:131} And to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And We have instructed those who were given the Scripture before you and yourselves to fear God. But if you disbelieve - then to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And ever is God Free of need and Praiseworthy.

Good translation, except for "on the earth." The Arabic says "in the earth." To translate it "on the earth" means that what's in the earth may not be included! Since, in Arabic, السماوات means everything that is above the earth, the expression "in the heavens and in the earth" covers all beings, while "in the heavens and on on the earth" doesn't.

I suggest,
{4:131} And to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And We did commend those who were granted the Book before you and yourselves to watch out for God. But if you disbelieve - then verily to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And ever has God been Need-Free, Praiseworthy.

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{4:132} And to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is God as Disposer of affairs.

Same issue with "in the earth." Also, "Trustee" is a better translation of وكيل, IMHO.

I suggest,
{4:132} And to God belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth. And sufficed God a trustee.

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{4:133} If He wills, He can do away with you, O people, and bring others [in your place]. And ever is God competent to do that.

I suggest,
{4:133} If He wills, He would do away with you, O people, and bring others [in your place]. And ever has God been of that quite capable.

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{4:134} Whoever desires the reward of this world - then with God is the reward of this world and the Hereafter. And ever is God Hearing and Seeing.

I suggest,
{4:134} Whoever wants the reward of [this] the nearest [life] - then with God is the reward of the nearest [life] and the Hereafter. And ever has God been All-Hearing, All-Seeing.

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