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aaljibar

Referring to Allah as 'it' instead of 'him'.

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What do you guys think of this? It is because we know that the almighty does not have a gender and that it is a everlasting being.

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14 hours ago, aaljibar said:

What do you guys think of this? It is because we know that the almighty does not have a gender and that it is a everlasting being.

The problem is that in English "it" is used to refer to inanimate things, with an exception of vessels (which are feminine). "It" is also used for irrational things, with the (weird) exception of people's pets. God is neither inanimate nor irrational so using it doesn't really make much sense. The masculine pronoun "him" has historically been unisex as well used in cases of ambiguities and in reference to God, like in many other languages. So while God might be genderless, "him" seems the most appropriate pronoun to use.

 

11 hours ago, Sumerian said:

Well then you are contradicting the Holy Qur'an because the Qur'an refers to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى as "He" and "Him", as did the Prophet (saww), his Household, and Islamic Scholarship since it ever began.

The obvious problem with this is that there is no "it" (as a pronoun) in Arabic, it's a gendered language with no neuters so everything is either referred to as "he" (هو) or "she" (هي). The word إله itself though feminine in construction (has a التاء المربوطة) is masculine in gender as you would say إلهنا واحد not إلهنا واحدة.

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16 hours ago, Anonymous2144 said:

Obviously Allah has no gender but I don’t know why the Quran says “He” or “Him” when referring to Allah S.w.t and I can’t seem to find the answer.  

Ayat 16:74  

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As regards the masculine pronoun HE/HUWA, in literature it can be either the grammatical or biological masculine. Also, singular neutrality in Arabic is expressed with the masculine (not biological) pronoun. There is no IT in Arabic hence the use of the grammatical masculine HUWA to denote neutrality of gender (for a singular entity, while the feminine is used for a couple like the eyes). It is interesting to note that the Quran, although it calls God with many names all symbolizing His perfect attributes, yet contrary to the HB/NT never refers to God with the title of Father/abb. Besides the fact that the word has gender as well as sexual connotations, the notion of fatherhood associated with God may easily lead to polytheism.

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On 10/3/2018 at 4:45 AM, aaljibar said:

What do you guys think of this? It is because we know that the almighty does not have a gender and that it is a everlasting being.

I am not sure I understand the reasoning of this.  

So, If “he” is for a male and “she” is for female, then “it” is for an Everlasting Being? 

We usually refer to things as “it”.  Is God closer to a thing than a person with a gender?  A thing lacks a considerable amount of qualities found in persons.  For example, a thing lacks consciousness, wisdom, love, compassion...  etc...

so why a thing?  

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On 10/3/2018 at 5:45 AM, aaljibar said:

What do you guys think of this? It is because we know that the almighty does not have a gender and that it is a everlasting being.

Salam, 

Allah gives. 

Allah provides. 

We, on the other hand, take and receive. 

This distinction, traditionally and scientifically, is made by using gendered nouns and pronouns; males (givers) and females (receivers), whether we're talking about nuts and botls, flowers, or animals. 

In this sense, and in the big picture, all creatures are females in relation to Allah, and He is the only male. 

We all depend on and receive His bounty and grace. 

 

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