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Many verses in quran mentions the term غلام ghulam? From these verses, can we identify the characteristics that fits the term ghulam? What are they?

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I thought it meant slave. But I'm neither a quranic or arabic scholar –  Mozibur Ullah Jan 26 '13 at 21:02
perhaps you might want to share why you thought it was meant as slave? –  johan.i.zahri Jan 27 '13 at 0:22

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Ghulam has root Gh-Lam-Miim, this means "excited with lust, stirred up, tumultuous, period from birth to the seventeenth year, youth, young man, boy."

Lanes Arabic Lexicon states that the primary meaning of ghulam is "young male, youth, adolescent". It also says that it can mean "slave" or "servant".

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Thanks for the answer, it would be great if you'd show some verses to solidify your argument. At the moment, I'm not completely impressed with the answer. Still have doubts on the slave and servant part. –  johan.i.zahri Jan 27 '13 at 3:52
Why? Words often carry more than one meaning. It doesn't surprise me that a word meaning 'boy' can also have the association of servant. To take a european example, in french 'garcon' means boy, but I know historically patrons of cafes would call the male staff 'garcon'. –  Mozibur Ullah Jan 27 '13 at 10:39
you'll have to legitly backup with verses in the Quran, only then will i be convinced –  johan.i.zahri Jan 27 '13 at 16:24
If you read carefully I'm not stating that this is the meaning carried by how ghulam is used in the Quran. I'm merely pointing out these are meanings stated in widely respected arabic dictionary. –  Mozibur Ullah Jan 27 '13 at 17:41
aah..so it was based on conventional dictionary..brother.. you should heed 5:49 : وَأَنِ احْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَاحْذَرْ‌هُمْ أَن يَفْتِنُوكَ عَن بَعْضِ مَا أَنزَلَ اللَّـهُ إِلَيْكَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّمَا يُرِ‌يدُ اللَّـهُ أَن يُصِيبَهُم بِبَعْضِ ذُنُوبِهِمْ ۗ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرً‌ا مِّنَ النَّاسِ لَفَاسِقُونَ ﴿٤٩﴾ the current arabic can hardly be compared with the classical arabic, and even then the classical arabic had a hard time understanding quranic arabic.. it's divine and it must have a consistent set of rule to understand it –  johan.i.zahri Jan 28 '13 at 2:51

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