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 Post subject: Verses 5:48-50
PostPosted: 07 Jun 2009, 05:07 
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 Post subject: Re: Verses 5:48-50
PostPosted: 04 Oct 2009, 20:07 
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{5:48} And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what God has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had God willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To God is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.

This and the other translations struggled to translate مهيمنا, a word that simply means "superseding." That is, the Quran annuls previous revelations.

I suggest,
{5:48} And We have sent down to you [, O Muhammad,] the Book in truth, confirming of what is between its hands (before it) of the Book and superseding over it. So judge between them by what God has sent down and do not follow their fancies away from what has come to you of the truth. To each We set up for you [people] a charter and a procedure. And if God had willed, He would have made you (mankind) one community, but [He wanted] to test you in what He has granted you; so race to good things. To God is your return altogether, then He [will] inform you concerning that over which you have been differing.

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{5:49} And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what God has revealed and do not follow their inclinations and beware of them, lest they tempt you away from some of what God has revealed to you. And if they turn away - then know that God only intends to afflict them with some of their [own] sins. And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient.

I suggest,
{5:49} And judge [, O Muhammad,] between them by what God has sent down and do not follow their fancies and beware of them lest they tempt you away from some of what God has sent down to you. And if they have turned away - then know that God only wants to hit them for some of their infractions. And verily, many of the people surely are deviant.

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{5:50} Then is it the judgement of [the time of] ignorance they desire? But who is better than God in judgement for a people who are certain [in faith].

I suggest,
{5:50} Is it then the ruling of the ignorance era they solicit? But who is better than God in ruling for a folk who are certain [in faith]?

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