I was reciting Surah Al Bqarah verse 256, at one point there is لا/قف and on other mushaf there is صلے

لا means stop is prohibited While صلے means stop is preferable.

I am so confused, please if someone can guide me.

It happened earlier in one ayat earlier as well.

with stop sign

  • Please refer to this post.
    – ياsr
    Jun 12, 2020 at 17:12
  • Does this answer your question? What are the different punctuation in Quran?
    – Sassir
    Jun 13, 2020 at 0:05
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    @Sassir I am not sure that answers the question since this is a case of combining two seemingly opposite marks لا and قف.
    – UmH
    Jun 13, 2020 at 4:03
  • @UmH at least this looks like a Turkish/Pakistani Mushaf. Only people familiar with it could answer. As this doesn't appear in other Mushafs. However the applied ruling is that لا wouldn't fit.
    – ياsr
    Jun 15, 2020 at 9:58

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According to the books I looked at, the meaning of صلے is given as an allowed stop but not recommended. This means you can stop if you wish but it is better to continue.

Secondly, لا means "don't stop" while قف means "do stop."

So it is a bit confusing that both لا and قف are used at the same time in the picture you gave.

However, in my opinion, this appears to mean that the writers of the mushaf thought both are possible and are giving you the choice to choose.

It seems, in both books, the choice is given to you whether you wish to stop or not.

The meaning of the verse is not impacted either way. The verse being:

There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion (the stop or not-stop) The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.

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