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{ وَفَدَيْنَاهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِيمٍ }

Then We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice. He said:When Abraham loved his son with a natural human [love], God’s favour (faḍl) and protection(ʿiṣma) corrected him, such that He commanded him to sacrifice his son, though the intention [of this command] was not the realisation of the sacrifice, but rather the aim was to purge his innermost secret (sirr) from the love of other than Him by the most effective means. Then when He had purified his innermost secret for Himself, so that he desisted from following his natural habit (ʿādat al-ṭabʿ), He ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.His words:


Tafsīr al-Tustarī, trans. Annabel Keeler and Ali Keeler
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