Could عالمين actually mean, since it is pluralized using masculine sound plural "just inhabitants of the world", not the usual translation 'the whole universe'? Otherwise, why is it used?

  • In the context of which verse?
    – Medi1Saif
    Jul 27, 2017 at 19:39
  • any verse where the plural is formed using the جَمْع سالِم
    – GJC
    Jul 27, 2017 at 20:42
  • I don't know of any verse quoting عالمون as it basically sounds wrong, but there are plenty quoting عالمين the plural of عالَم is عوالم and maybe أعلام!
    – Medi1Saif
    Jul 27, 2017 at 20:54
  • Actually it's genitive العالمين is the one appearing; In fuSha عوامل
    – GJC
    Jul 27, 2017 at 21:13
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about Arabic language and has no relation to the Qur'an nor Islam, the attribution simply is wrong!
    – Sassir
    Aug 1, 2017 at 6:59

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First of all this is rather a question on Arabic language as both عالَمُون or عالِمون are not used or present (in this form) in the Qur'an at all. As they sound somewhat wrong, at least they are not much used instead of the other options (especially in the first case)!

According to al-maany عالَمُون is one plural form of عالَم: which means world, creation and some even add any thing in the universe.

while عالِمون is one plural form of عالِم: scientist, scholar etc.

  • عالمين, which is اسم مفرور, appears 77 times in Qur'an, as soon as in 1:2:4 corpus.quran.com/… or haqeeqat.pk/English%20Tafsir%20e%20Haqeeqat/…
    – GJC
    Aug 1, 2017 at 15:11
  • almaany.com/quran/1/2/4
    – GJC
    Aug 1, 2017 at 15:25
  • Should I infer that عالمين and عالمون are not related?
    – GJC
    Aug 1, 2017 at 15:58
  • @GJC I guess your question is answered or am I wrong?
    – Medi1Saif
    Aug 1, 2017 at 16:01
  • I am afraid it isn't; so far, the discussion has been a bit childish and about grammar and literalness
    – GJC
    Aug 1, 2017 at 16:06

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