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Ḥisāb
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, “account to be rendered to God”. Although the Ḳurʾān sometimes uses ḥisāb in the sense of computation (X, 5 and XVII 12), it is very often used by antonomasia as the “reckoning” which God will require from a man on the Day of Judgement. The expression yawm al-ḥisāb (XL, 27; XXXVIII, 16, 26, 53; cf. XIV, 41), “the Day of the Rendering of Accounts”, is synonymous with yawm al-dīn , “the Day of Judgement”. The eschatological ḥisāb is to be given to God alone (XIII, 40; XXVI, 113); He will require it from all men, but especially from the ungodly (LXXXVIII, 26; XIII, 18 and…

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Gardet, L., “Ḥisāb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0291>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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