Tuesday, May 28, 2013

[2-20] The Meaning of Ghishawah

The Meaning of Ghishawah


Reciting the Ayah,

[خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ]

(Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing), then pausing, then continuing with,

[وَعَلَى أَبْصَـرِهِمْ غِشَـوَةٌ]

(And on their eyes there is a Ghishawah (covering)) is accurate, for the stamp is placed on the heart and the hearing while the Ghishawah, the covering, is appropriately placed on the eyes. In his Tafsir, As-Suddi said that Ibn `Abbas and Ibn Mas`ud said about Allah's statement,

[خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ]

(Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing), "So that they neither understand nor hear. Allah also said that He placed a covering on their sight, meaning eyes, and so, they do not see.''

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