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قَالَ رَبُّنَا الَّذِي أَعْطَىٰ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلْقَهُ ثُمَّ هَدَىٰ

He said: "Our Lord is He Who gave to each (created) thing its [particular] form and nature [through which it is distinguished from another thing], then gave (it) guidance." (Taahaa:50)

Lord is Allah (الرحمن الرحيم) here. However in the Bible and Torah, there are different words. There is Lord which is Adonai and is the literal "lord" or ruler. There is also LORD which is YAHUAH which is the personal name of the God. Why is the translation here from "رَبُّنَا" to Lord?

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I can see the validity of your question, but I don't think there is a definitive answer. It seems to me that the translator refers to the common meaning of the word, not the particular literals from the Bible and Torah. However, I don't have any proof of this claim. Only the translator can confirm or deny. –  Hosam Aly Nov 20 '12 at 11:25
    
@HosamAly Ultimately I think you're right. However I had this question with nobody to ask. The question may not be a good fit for SE in hindsight. –  user206 Nov 21 '12 at 2:37
    
Allah is lord of the lords (رب الأرباب), but here it is Ibrahim peace be upon him that is talking and from what he is saying it is clear that by "our lord" he means only Allah. –  owari Nov 21 '12 at 6:52
    
@owari That's Moses talking, not Ibrahim (pbut). You can see it in context here: quran.com/20/49-50 –  Hosam Aly Nov 21 '12 at 9:10
    
@HosamAly, yes you are right, my mistake. Thanks brother. Godspeed. –  owari Nov 21 '12 at 20:47

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In this particular Ayah, the word "ربنا" (Rabbuna) is (most probably) used as an adjective, not a noun. So a translation should be referring to "Our Lord" as in "The One who created us, who cares for us and our livelihood."

(Excuse my poor English translation; please improve it if you can.)

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It's really a matter of translation here as Hosam Aly stated. In hindi I have heard same verse with different word like 'Rab', 'Malik', etc All mean the same.

It may refer to some other person as you have stated in Bible or Torah, but in Quran, it does mean the God Almighty.

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