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03-26-2007, 03:16 PM
Assalamu alaikum Sheikh!

IN class you mentioned the meaning of 3afaa- meaning to erase, the way the waves erase footsteps on the beach...and ghafara- to mean to cover up...the way Allah will cover up sins that we repent for (after 6 hours).. I was looking at a verse today and i was wondering what's the linguistic meaning of SAFAHA?:

64:14 O YOU who have attained to faith! Behold, some of your spouses [11] and your children are enemies unto you: so beware of them! [12] But if you pardon [their faults] and forbear, and forgive-then, behold, God will be much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّ مِنْ أَزْوَاجِكُمْ وَأَوْلَادِكُمْ عَدُوًّا لَّكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ وَإِن تَعْفُوا وَتَصْفَحُوا وَتَغْفِرُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (64:14)

jazak Allah khair!

Waleed Basyouni
03-28-2007, 08:29 PM
As-Safh linguistically means to turn away from something... in this verse it refers to turning away from what they are calling you to... or overlooking their error. This is what Ibn Faaris said in his book Mu'jam Maqaayees Al-Lughah, wallaahu a'lam.