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by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 08:49 (1739 days ago) @ Dr Zakiya Ansari MD

19:58
KHARRU | they fell
SUJJDAV | prostrating
WA BUKIYYA | and weeping.
# How can one fall in respect?

I will give you the idiomatic meaning of this verse but as soon as I say this you may accuse me of resorting to allegorical meanings when many scholars read this as a straight forward literal understanding of falling down, prostrating and crying. Yusuf Ali renders the verse as:-

19:58. Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Signs of ((Allah)) Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears.

I have looked up the various stories surrounding Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses etc and I have not come across any verse which states that they fell down and cried. I can only find a similar phrase in:-

17:107. Say: "Whether ye believe in it or not, it is true that those who were given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration,
17:108. "And they say: 'Glory to our Lord! Truly has the promise of our Lord been fulfilled!'"
17:109. They fall down on their faces in tears, and it increases their (earnest) humility.

But, when we look closely at verse 109, we see that the word translated as faces by Yusuf Ali is in fact the word for chin! As in the following translation:-

17:109 And so they fall down on their chins, weeping, and increasing in humility.

In order to continue the belief that falling down, prostration and weeping are real acts, Yusuf Ali and any number of other scholars put faces in the verse since chin does not make sense! Going back to the stories of other Messengers in the Quran, we see that they all did one thing; when they were ummi, knowing only worldly things, without knowledge of divine truth, they reasoned and thought about the problems mankind faced and then were given revelation that showed them the way and which they accepted. They did not all fall down and start to cry. Words have meanings, and Dr Shabbir has put the meaning in brackets after his translation:-

19:58 These are some of the Prophets whom God blessed. They all were from the descendants of Adam, the early humans. The descendants of those whom We carried with Noah on the Ark, and the descendants of Abraham and Israel (Jacob). We guided them and selected them. Whenever the messages of the Most Gracious were conveyed to them, they would fall down prostrate in tears. [Devoted to Submission, they put their hearts into their mission]

Also, on 19:58, Mohammad Assad says it means “all of the prophets were conscious of being no more than mortal, HUMBLE SERVANTS OF GOD.”

The verse that confirms the weeping of people before the Lord comes from the Bible, as in:-

Deuteronomy 1:44-46 New International Version (NIV)
44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 YOU CAME BACK AND WEPT BEFORE THE LORD, BUT HE PAID NO ATTENTION TO YOUR WEEPING AND TURNED A DEAF EAR TO YOU. 46 And so you stayed in Kadesh many days—all the time you spent there.

Have we not allowed our beliefs to be overly influenced by the Bible? When we see a verse that depicts an unusual act, falling on chins, weeping, should we not look for an intellectual meaning rather than a Biblical one?

27:24
QAWMAHA | her people
YASJUDU | prostrating
LISH SHAMSI |to the Sun
MIN DUNILLAAH | instead of God
# How can people respect Sun? both acts should be same for Sun and God

Respect is not the word I used, it is “submit to the revelation of Allah”. Those who follow/worship the religion of Sun do not just bow down to the celestial orb, but follow all that the priests tell them to do; they submit to these religious practices.

27:24 "I found her and her people worshiping the sun instead of God. Their ego makes them think that they are doing right. Satan (the priesthood of the Sun-Temple) hinders them from the right path. So they cannot find the right way."

We have it ingrained into our consciences that sujood means a physical prostration when it Quranically means accepting the instructions of Allah.


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