Surah 109:6 "لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ"

The ayah starts with "to you is your (plural) religion" using the second person plural possessive suffix, while the possessive suffix is not used in the second part of the ayah. Instead of ولي ديني we find ولي دين i.e a more literal translation would be "To you is your religion and to me is a religion".

What are the semantic nuances that such formation carries? Why was the first person singular possessive suffix dropped? What do other Muslim scholars and commentators say about this?

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  • Because in my translation it states that it should be as you mention it "To you is your religion and to me is a religion?" I think it's a typo in the Quranic text you read.
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    Jul 29, 2018 at 14:31
  • @Tarik what's your source then?
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    Jul 29, 2018 at 15:25
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    Both meanings are valid and one needs to check whether the Qur'an actually clearly excludes one.
    – Medi1Saif
    Jul 30, 2018 at 6:46

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1- Check out the diacritic undeneath ن. It is Kasrarh" ِِِِ " Yet, at the end of a sentence in Arabic, diacritics are silent.

2- Majority of scholars said it is pronounced Din without ي. Three scholars (3) Said that it is pronounced " Dini "ديني as it is a noun like Kaf in دينكم" Dinkum". However, when reading Quran, it is noticeable that there are verses with words without the alphabet Ya ي such as the verse here 'فهو 'يهدين' فاتقوا الله 'وأطيعون.

My answer is based on this source: http://quran.ksu.edu.sa/tafseer/qortobi/sura109-aya6.html

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