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Author:  Index [ 06 Jun 2009, 09:13 ]
Post subject:  Verses 7:28-30

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1This translation may have been updated from the original suggested translation as a result of the discussions that follow.
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Author:  Linguistic [ 24 Nov 2009, 05:09 ]
Post subject:  Re: Verses 7:28-30

Quote:
{7:28} And when they commit an immorality, they say, "We found our fathers doing it, and God has ordered us to do it." Say, "Indeed, God does not order immorality. Do you say about God that which you do not know?"

I suggest,
{7:28} And when they have done a debauchery, they would say, "We found our fathers upon it (doing it), and God ordered us to [do] it." Say, "Verily, God does not order debauchery! Do you say about God what you do not know?"

Quote:
{7:29} Say, [O Muhammad], "My Lord has ordered justice and that you maintain yourselves [in worship of Him] at every place [or time] of prostration, and invoke Him, sincere to Him in religion." Just as He originated you, you will return [to life] -

Pickthall's translation of أقيموا وجوهكم is the more literal, but Sarwar's is best in conveying the meaning. I am torn between the two! So, I suggest combining them,
{7:29} Say, "My Lord has ordered equity and that you set your faces upright (pay attention) [in worship of Him] at every place [or time] of prostration, and invoke Him, sincere to Him in religion." Just as He began you, you [will] return -

Quote:
{7:30} A group [of you] He guided, and a group deserved [to be in] error. Indeed, they had taken the devils as allies instead of God while they thought that they were guided.

I suggest,
{7:30} A segment [of you] He guided, and a segment deserved for them was the straying. Verily, they had taken the devils as allies instead of God and they reckon that they are finding direction.

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