« on: October 16, 2016, 11:36:10 PM »
Just to add some more thoughts to this discussion on Salat.
I stated that many of the words used for Salat fail in the different settings/context that the Quran uses (especially prayer).
The most problematic verse in most translations is 9:84 which causes a myriad of shifts in meanings and words:
9:84 And do not "Tusali" upon/for any of them who have died, nor stand at their grave. They have rejected God and His messenger and died while they were wicked.
If we use "pray/commune", then that forces the use of the same meaning for 33:56 & 33:43 where God and His angels "Yussalu" upon the prophet and the believers.
If we use "connect/link", then that creates a different problem as we are speaking about a dead person - no chance of linking or connecting there...
However, if we use the verb "educate" then we can see some form of teaching should be happening when a person dies, which, in this case, the prophet is commanded not to carry out said teaching for this particular group of people...
This is further confirmed by 5:106-108 where we see a "death Salat" being called for after a person has passed and the subject of his testimony/will is discussed and witnessed:
5:106 O you who believe, witnessing shall be done if death is approaching one of you and a will is being made-by two who are equitable amongst you. Or, by two who are unknown to you if you have gone forth in the land and death is approaching. If you have doubt regarding them, then you will hold them after carrying out the "Salat", and let them swear by God: "We will not purchase with it any price, even if it was from a near relative, and we will not conceal the testimony of God, else we are of the sinners."
5:107 If it is then found that they had indeed incurred the sin, then two others, from those who have been named as beneficiaries, will take their place; and they will swear by God: "Our testimony is more truthful than their testimony, and if we aggress, then we are of the wicked."
5:108 This is best as they are more likely to bring the testimony as intended, or face that their oaths would be disregarded as the previous oaths. And be aware of God, and listen; God does not guide the wicked people.