Tafseer Surah al-Ma’idah Ayah 103

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Baheerah, Sa’ibah, Waseelah and Haam

In this ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is negating the rituals that some people had innovated. He says,

مَا جَعَلَ اللَّهُ مِن بَحِيرَةٍ وَلاَ سَآئِبَةٍ وَلاَ وَصِيلَةٍ وَلاَ حَامٍ وَلَـكِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ يَفْتَرُونَ عَلَى اللَّهِ الْكَذِبَ وَأَكْثَرُهُمْ لاَ يَعْقِلُونَ

“Allah has not instituted things like Baheerah or Sa’ibah or Waseelah or aHaam. But those who disbelieve invent lies against Allah, and most of them have no understanding.”

Baheerah was a female camel whose milk was spared for the idols and no one was allowed to milk it.

Sa’ibah was a female camel let loose for free pasture for the idols, and nothing was allowed to be carried on it.

Waseelah was a female camel set free for the idols because it had given birth to a she-camel in its first delivery and then another she-camel at its second delivery. They used to set such camel…

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