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17:09 Sep 27, 2000
Arabic to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Arabic term or phrase: sabeen
Perhaps this means "followers of another religion", apostates etc...
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Summary of answers provided
naSabaeans or Sabeans
Ghassan Ghosn
naSabians
Dr. Sahib Bleher
naThose who curse...reem


  

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3 hrs
Those who curse...


Explanation:
It's hard to tell without context..but the only meaning that comes to mind (which is also close to the asker's understanding) are those curse, most likely Muslims and Islam, and hence the meaning comes closer to apostates, as the asker understood it.

reem
Local time: 01:22
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 24

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Fuad Yahya
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9 hrs
Sabians


Explanation:
it depends on the transliteration, if spelt with sad, i.e sabi-in, then they are the Sabians (Sabeans) a religious group from lower Iraq (arabic plural also Subba) of a similar believe as the Zoroastrians, mentioned in the Qur'an in Surah 2, verse 62, and Surah 5, verse 72.


Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 06:22
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

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12 hrs
Sabaeans or Sabeans


Explanation:
Sabean (from Greek sabaios, ancient kingdom in southwestern Arabia), of or relating to the ancient people and kingdom of Saba (Sheba) flourishing in southwestern Arabia from about 950 to 115 B.C.

The Arabic name/word, as-Sahb'-oon, or as-Sabi-a (Sabaean), is explained as those who leave their religion for another; or those who worship planets and claim to be descendents of Noah.

A 'second' possibility means: renegade; apostate (as you mentioned); members of a Judeo-Christian Gnostic sect.

There's also the VERY remote possibility (if it was not for your explanation) that it is: SABINES, members of an ancient people of the Apennines northeast of Latium (Italy).


    Webster's 3rd International Dictionary, al-Mu'jam al-WaSeet Arabic-Arabic dictionart, al-Mughni al-Waseet Arabic-English
    and Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th Edition).
Ghassan Ghosn
Local time: 08:22
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
PRO pts in pair: 4

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