by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Friday, November 16, 2012, 08:48 (2383 days ago) @ Dr Zakiya Ansari MD

Your question “How can Bird HudHud (Hoopoe)realise that......


HudHud was not a bird but a commander in the army of Suleman. Birds do not speak except parrots and these only repeat words they are taught. They cannot speak or hold a conversation, neither can ants.

Regarding the verse you quoted:-

QAWMAHA | her people
LISH SHAMSI |to the Sun
MIN DUNILLAAH | instead of God

The translation by Yusuf Ali and another 5 out of 7 translators have the words worship or adore in them, not prostration. Can they all be wrong?

27:24 Wajadtuha waqawmaha yasjudoona lilshshamsi min dooni Allahi wazayyana lahumu alshshaytanu aAAmalahum fasaddahum AAani alssabeeli fahum la yahtadoona
27:24"I found her and her people worshipping the sun besides God: Satan has made their deeds seem pleasing in their eyes, and has kept them away from the Path,- so they receive no guidance,-

And translated by 4 out of 7 translators of the Quran, including Yusuf Ali as “adore”
where the same word is used:-

41:37Wamin ayatihi allaylu waalnnaharu waalshshamsu waalqamaru la tasjudoo lilshshamsi wala lilqamari waosjudoo lillahi alathee khalaqahunna in kuntum iyyahu taAAbudoona
41:37. Among His Sings are the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon. Adore not the sun and the moon, but adore Allah, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve.

We can clearly see that the word can be correctly understood as worship or adore the sun and does not have to mean physical prostration.

I know the word can mean physical prostration as many human beings bow down to statues etc, but Quranically we are not asked to do this physical act but only humbly, intellectually, honestly accept and follow the teachings of the Quran.

Please reflect upon this and the idiomatic meaning of falling on ones chin which I mentioned in the previous post.

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