By Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʼī, William C. Chittick
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Because of the sacred nature of the texts and their fundamental importance as sources for the Shi`ite branch of Islam, I have attempted to translate them in a strictly literal manner so that the least amount of personal interpretation will have been made. There are definite disadvantages to this method, but the necessity for an accurate translation would seem to outweigh them ail. After all, the Quran has been translated dozens of times. Others who may feel that the present translation does not do justice to the literary qualities of the text may try their own hand at rendering it into English.
The description). Whoso gives Him a comrade has declared Him to be two (tathniyah). Whoso declares Him to be two has divided Him. Whoso divides Him is ignorant of Him. 34 Whoso points to Him has delimited Him. Whoso delimits Him has numbered Him. ', has enclosed Him. ', has excluded Him (from certain things). "He is a being (ka'in*) not as the result of temporal origin (hadath*), an existent (mawjud*) not (having come) from non-existence (cadam). He is with everything, not through association (muqaranah*); and He is other than everything, not through separation (muzayalah*).
The constant emphasis upon this point underlines God's incomparability and illustrates the particular errors to which the polytheistic and anthropomorphic thinking and imagination of the "Age of Ignorance'' (al-jahiliyyah*) before Islam was prone. In order to clarify the meaning of the selections, I have tried to supply a sufficient number of Annotations. To comment upon the sayings in detail has been the task of much of Shi`ite speculation throughout the centuries. Every word and every sentence have Page 25 provided numerous scholars with ample opportunity to display their erudition.
A Shiʻite anthology by Muḥammad Ḥusayn Ṭabāṭabāʼī, William C. Chittick