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Surat At-Tur () (The Mount) is the 52nd sura of the Qur'an with 49 ayat.


And swearing is by the At-Tur;

وَكِتَابٍ مَّسْطُورٍ فِي رَقٍّ مَّنشُورٍ

and swearing is by the Book with the qualitative character of written text, on the paper qualitatively fine and spread.

وَالْبَيْتِ الْمَعْمُورِ

And swearing is by that particular House, the peculiar feature of which is that it is frequented and is enlivened/vivified ;

Let us find which الْبَيْتِ is this?

الْمَعْمُورِ It is a derived noun-Passive participle from the verb relating to Root ع م ر. The basic perception infolded in the Root is that of inhabiting and populating a place, which reflects frequent visiting and stationing of large number of people thereat. It thus denotes a particular place which is frequented by large number of people with the result that it gets depicted as enlivened and vivified. This depictive characteristic is attributed to الْبَيْتِ.

When a speaker initiates speech with oath, the intended purpose is to draw concentrated attention of listener to that which is going to be narrated. The intended purpose requires that the listener must be able to understand and perceive the grandeur, greatness and/or familiarity of that object etc upon which swearing is made. Thus it is understood that the referred الْبَيْت "The House" is quite familiar to the listener/reader. Its characteristic...
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