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What Does 'Maghrib ash-shams' (Setting of the Sun) Mean?
« on: May 31, 2014, 03:52:25 AM »
Salaam Joseph sir

Might I ask you a question?

The Quran speaks of him reaching the setting of the sun and also the rising of the sun. I read your article on what it means to see the sun setting in a spring

But how do I understand expressions like Maghrib ash-shams?

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Re: What Does 'Maghrib ash-shams' (Setting of the Sun) Mean?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 03:54:07 AM »
Wa alaikum assalam

'Maghrib al-shams' merely indicates the setting place of the sun, e.g. a most westerly point from the reference perspective of the individual. In the case you have kindly shared (18:86), it will be a most westerly point reached by Dhu'l-Qarneyn in his travels where either the road or his particular travel route ended.

Please see my following travelogue which may assist to elaborate, God willing


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