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What is the Difference Between Zin / Basir?
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:08:53 PM »
Dear Mr. Islam,

Please can you clarify what is difference between:

BASIR (Sure Knowledge or ...)
ZIN (Conjecture ...)

In Quranic perspective?


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Re: What is the Difference Between Zin / Basir?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 06:09:36 PM »
Salamun Alaikum.

They are completely different words.

‘Basir’ means all-seeing, having sight, knowledge or perception of something. See how ‘basir’ is generally understood in 12:93.

The meaning of the derivatives of ‘Zun’ depends on context. It can mean doubt, suspect, conjecture (45:32, 53:23, 53:28) It can also sometimes mean to ‘know’, to be certain about something (10:24, 18:53, 21:87, 38:24, 75:28).

Even in English we have ‘contronyms’ or ‘auto-antonyms’ which are the same words which carry opposite meanings depending on context. Such as:

Apparent – it can mean something which may not be fact and something which is ‘obvious’
Strike – In baseball, it can mean to strike the ball or it can mean to ‘miss the ball’
Overlook – Can mean to inspect something and can also mean to completely miss something.
Dust – To add small particles or to remove them
Flog – To keep promoting something or to beat or criticise something.

The Quran was simply revealed in a language that a certain people spoke with all their peculiarities. It spoke to them in their language. The Quran was not revealed in a new language.

I hope that helps, God willing.
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