Question Regarding Qira’a Ibn ‘Amir


Asalamu alaykum,

I noticed in the reading of Ibn ‘Amir of the verse, “All praise be to Allah who guided us to this and we were not from those who sought guidance” That the letter و is not mentioned. Whereas, in the other six readings it is. Any idea why?

The Answer:

In the six readings, including the Hafs, the و is known as the و of Hal. Thus, it means, and Allah knows best, “Who guided us while we were not from those who sought guidance.”

As for the reading of Ibn ‘Amir the و is missing because the statement “While we were not from those who sought guidance” is an explanation of the statement before it and is, as Ibn ‘Ashur mentions the “cause for their praise.”  “All praise be to Allah who guided us. We were not from those who sought guidance!”

And Allah knows best

Suhaib

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