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Now, Let us see what They have written

The term used in Arabic in this narration was haiba, which is a higher form of respect. Ancient dictionaries of the language like Al-Azhari’s Tahtheeb Al-Lugha 4/3687 and Ibn Al-Athir’s Al-Nihaya p.1017 explain the term not only as fear, but as a form of respect. They explain it as to be seen in a respected light and thus raised in status.

The term haiba cannot be attributed to petty criminals or to wild animals. One person may have makhafa (fear) towards them, but there is no haiba in the matter, for animals are seen as lower beings, and nobody respects a criminal in the first place.

Usually, I consult two dictionaries mainly

First one is, Bayan-ul-Lisan by Qazi Zain-ul-Abideen Mirthi, Published by Dar-ul-Isha’at, Karachi.

And when We look into that, and search for the word Haiba; We find on p. 890 that The first meaning they have written is:- خوف، ڈر

which means: fear or afraid etc

The other book which I consult is, Misbaah-ul-Lughaat, and on p. 964; We find the first thing they write, and that is,

خوف کرنا،

to fear,

Now, They said

The term haiba cannot be attributed to petty criminals or to wild animals. One person may have makhafa (fear) towards them, but there is no haiba in the matter, for animals are seen as lower beings, and nobody respects a criminal in the first place.

I would like that they translate a sentence for Me which is present in al-Nihaya, and it states

أن المؤمن يهاب الذنوب فيتقيها

If We go as per their logic, the translation would be

Momin Has higher form of respect for sins, so He protects himself

Doest it make sense?

It would be very nice if they translate this sentence for Us.

Secondly, They tried to explain the word, and wrote

Furthermore, the term haiba is most commonly found in the hearts of the young towards the old, or the student to the teacher. A student feels haiba towards his teacher not out of fear of being beaten, but due to the respect that fills his heart and the high status of his teacher in his eyes. The student does his best to not be found playing or fooling around when there is a slight chance being caught by his teacher, even if such an action is halal.

Similarly, as we can see above, the Prophet (salalahu alaihi wa salam) did not feel comfortable with Omar walking in on his wives, laughing with food on their faces

So if We summarize This paragraph, it would be

Young feels haiba towards Old

Student feels haiba towards teacher

Holy Prophet (asws) felt haiba towards Umar

Please do see this in light of what they had written, let me copy paste again

They explain it as to be seen in a respected light and thus raised in status.

In order to defend Umar, and remove the charge upon him that Holy Prophet (asws) was afraid of Him, They raised the status of Umar;

and the examples which They gave, and they similarity they have drawn from it by saying “Similarly” ; That you interpret for yourself

haib

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