by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Thursday, November 22, 2012, 17:44 (2375 days ago) @ Dr Zakiya Ansari MD

It is all very well congratulating each other but you are not answering the questions I have posed over the understanding of symbolic verses in the Quran. Here is the word to word translation you directed me to:-

3:49 And (make him) a Messenger to (the) Children (of) Israel, ‘Indeed, I [surely] (have) come (to) you with a sign from your Lord that I design for you from (the) clay like the form (of) the bird, then I breath into it and it becomes a bird by (the) permission (of) Allah. And I cure the blind, and the leper, and I give life (to) the dead by (the) permission (of) Allah.

What am I to understand from this literal translation? Are we to reject Surah 3 verse 7 and treat all verses as literal when the vast majority of scholars have told us that we should not do so for what are clearly allegorical/idiomatic verses?

Does Allah have a hand?

3:26 Say, "Our god: possessor of all sovereignty. You grant sovereignty to whomever You choose, You remove sovereignty from whomever You choose. You grant dignity to whomever You choose, and commit to humiliation whomever You choose. In YOUR HAND are all provisions. You are Omnipotent.

If He has a hand, then He has an arm, a shoulder, head, legs... But literal cannot be understood because of :-

6:103 No vision can grasp Him while He grasps all vision. He is Unfathomable, Aware.

112.1. Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
112.2. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
112.3. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
112.4. And there is none like unto Him.

Where do we stand now? Can I pat myself on the back with self-congratulations and “well dones”? Word for word means He has a hand, symbolic meaning makes Him in control of everything. You choose or give me an argument against my understanding.

At least an “amicus curiae” presents some evidence!

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