Is it true that the first aya (verse) of 20th surah (Taha sura) is a name or perhaps a cognomen of our prophet?

  • Can you post a reference or say where did you get the idea from?
    – Sayyid
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 5:34

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Initially it is necessary to mention that Taha is from the words which are Moqata'eh in the holy Qur'an and it has come at the initial verse of Surah-Taha.

Secondly according to a tradition from Imam Ja'far Sadiq (a.s.):

Taha is a name of prophet's names and its meaning is "Ya Talib Al-Haq, Al-Hadi Elaih". In fact it means " o you (person) who are the applicant the right, are navigator toward that.{1}

و أما طه فاسم من أسماء النبي ص و معناه يا طالب الحق الهادي إليه ما أَنْزَلْنا عَلَيْكَ الْقُرْآنَ لِتَشْقى‏ بل لتسعد به...

Another point is that the word Taha, gradually, turned to a specific name (after passing the time) that even the clan of the prophet (pbuh) are named Ale-Taha as well. {2}

{1}: Ma'ani Al-Akhbar, Pg.22

{2}: Eqbal Al-A'maal, Pg.298


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