When Allah azza wa jal address His servants, He subhanahu wa ta’ala will say “‘ebaadi” - My servants. Sometimes the ‘yaa’ pronoun (yaa al-mutakalim, meaning “my”) will be there and sometimes it be omitted, while still retaining the meaning of “my”. Why this change?
Get ready to dive into the beauty of the Qur’an :)
قال معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه : (تعلموا العلم ـ فإن تعلُّمه لله خشية، وطلبه عبادة، ومدارسته تسبيح، والبحث عنه جهاد، وتعليمه صدقة، وبذله لأهله قربة وهو الأنيس في الوحدة، والصاحب في الخلوة، والدليل على الدين، والنصير في السرَّاء والضراء، والوزير عند الإخلاء, والقريـب عند القرباء، هو منـار سبيل الجنة، يرفـع الله به أقواماً [...]
Have you ever wondered why “rahmah” is singular and “barakat” plural in the salaams?
Rahmah is a masdar (verbal noun) that does not have a plural. It would be incorrect to say “Rahamat”, just as we do not say “ra’afaat” (kindness), instead we say “ra’fah”. Rahamat would signify a limit that would be contained within a [...]
In the famous hadeeth that we’ve all heard before, the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said:
من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak good or remain silent.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
From an Arabic perspective, this hadeeth is very powerful.
Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah says:
The science of nahw (grammar) is a noble science tha is a means to two important things:
Having an understanding of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). Comprehension of these two will give one understanding and knowledge of grammar.
Establishing the tongue upon the [...]
For students of Arabic, there are a lot of wonderful dictionaries and resources available online and in-print. However, the wrong dictionary at certain stages of learning could lead to a lot of frustration, unnecessary expenditure of time and even ultimately a loss of motivation to study Arabic.
Thus, here is a list of dictionaries and resources [...]
A word that has recently fascinated me is the word inbaghaa إِنْبَغَى , which appears in the Qur’an in different verbal forms. This word is usually translated as “suitable” or “befitting” but has a deeper meaning…as always :)
This word can carry four different meanings depending on the context of the ayah. Here are some [...]
I came across some beautiful poems from the classical book, “Knowledge Mandates Action” (which can also be found online). I’ve posted a few below:
The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam combined both outward and inward perfection. Allah ta’ala fashioned His Prophets to be morally and phsyically sound or kamaal. We are all familiar with the beautiful character of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, yet how many of us are aware of his physical beauty? We find [...]
A few days ago, we had our weekly tafseer of Juz Amma class with br Nouman at the masjid and he briefly covered some different words used for fear in the Qur’an. I was very fascinated by these words so I decided to do a bit more research on their meanings and usage in the [...]