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: Difference Between Shair'ullah and Manasik (Rites)
: Reader Questions March 14, 2013, 02:30:25 PM
Dear Sir,

What is difference in meaning - Shairulla ( 22:32) and manasik (rites)?

Regards.
: Re: Difference Between Shair'ullah and Manasik (Rites)
: Joseph Islam March 14, 2013, 02:32:04 PM
May peace be with you.

'Manasik' is a plural phrase of the word 'mansak' which means a holy rite (religious ceremony / ritual / devotional act etc). Different rites were performed by different nations. (22:34, 22:67).

'Sha'air’ (plural 'shi'arah) means waymark, a symbol or an indication. In verse 2:158 (as in 5:2, 22:32 and 22:36), the references are to God's indications / waymarks / symbols etc.

Sometimes a rite (mansak) can be performed around a shi'arah of God (symbol of God) as in verse 2:158.

I hope that helps, God willing.
Joseph.