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Response to Katz's "Samaritan" complaint:

The following article was sent to brother Matthew Smith (Yusuf); may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.

From: "Matthew Smith" <indigojo@hotmail.com>
To: "Osama Abdallah"
Subject: Response to Katz's "Samaritan" complaint
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 20:54:08

As-Salaamu 'Alaikum,

The answer to Katz's query about the supposed anachronism of a "Samaritan"
existing in Moses' time (peace be upon him) is to be found in the Tafsir (translation)
of the relevant ayat (Verses) by Ibn Kathir. "Saamiree" in the Qur'an does NOT
mean Samaritan, as the city of Samaria did not exist then. The "Samiri" came
from a village called "Sāmarrā", and a culture in which cows were
worshipped. Yusuf Ali is wrong in his explanation of the term, and the
"Samaritan" mistake is repeated by Aisha Bewley in her recent translation
"The Noble Qur'an" (the same title used by Khan & Hilali, but a different

Ma'a Salaama,

Yusuf Smith




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