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Hakkini helal etsin is a wonderful phrase, the most beautiful...
1.       Leo S
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 31 May 2017 Wed 01:09 pm

Can I say silently to myself to a deceased person "hakkini helal etsin"?

I really love hearing  this phrase, there is something sanctifying about it, even though I don´t know how to use it but have heard it around Turks. It´s probably a favorite right now at this moment for me.


So, hakkini helal et...

2.       anka453
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 05 Jul 2017 Wed 05:25 pm



It´s so nice to see people interested in phrases such as this! But as far as I know, you can say "hakk覺n覺 helal etsin" only for living people, as a deceased person "hakk覺n覺 helal edemez". 


In this context "hak" has a meaning like the injustice or wrongs done agaisnt someone. And when they "hakk覺n覺 helal etmek", they forgive the wrongdoings against them. Obviously this requires the person to be alive ^^


On the other hand, saying "Hakk覺m覺 helal ediyorum." about the recently deceased is a common practice here. The belief is that when you forgive the wrongdoings the recently deceased may have done against you, they won´t be punished (or punished more lightly) for those sins in the hereafter.


This phrase also has a response phrase, "Helal olsun".

Person A: Senden izinsiz kitab覺n覺 alm覺t覺m, hakk覺n覺 helal et. (I took your book without asking for permission, forgive me.)

Person B: Ne hakk覺 can覺m, tabii ki helal olsun! ("Hak", what "hak"? Of course I forgive you!)


Sorry for the wonky translation there, it´s a bit hard to translate this as there´s no close phrase to it in English.


So, helal olsun!

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