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My focus here is on the translation of the word Ummah (أُمَّة) in Arabic, by which Allah attributed Ibraheem in verse (16:120). As shown below there are different interpretation in its translation:

إِنَّ إِبْرَهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً
Sahih international and Muhsin Khan
Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader,... .

  • while Pickthall and Dr. Ghali used the word "nation",
  • Yusuf Ali used the word "model"
  • and Shakir "exemplar".

All these words could certainly fit to describe this prophet (), but my question is:
What is the actual meaning of this word in this context and why was it used as an attribute of Ibraheem and how -if it actually does- does it differ from it usual meaning? Which was discussed before in:

Or is there a secret behind calling Ibraheem "ummah"?

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    I remember a hadith where Zaid ibn Amr was referred to as an "ummah of his own" because he was individually on the Hanif religion. Maybe it is a similar usage.
    – The Z
    Apr 10 '19 at 16:44
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Allah swt actually defines it right after that, "devoutly obedient to Allah, strictly inclining to the truth, and to not associate others with Allah." That is what is meant by referring to Ibraheem as an ummah. Allah knows best.

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  • Are you familiar with this meaning of the word ummah? Have you found that elsewhere?
    – Jeschu
    Jun 23 at 22:40
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Apart from the word stems for people and nurse, female slave which still have similar forms in current Arabic, I have found in my Hebrew and Aramaic dictionary:

Hebrew אַמָּה [ammɔh] Aramaic אַמָּא [ammɔ'], Assyrian ammatu

I) cubit, yardstic (also figurative); German: Elle, Maßstab (a. übertr.)

II) foundation, basis; German: feste Grundlage, Basis, Feste

Maybe امه or امة was also a rare word in Arabic having the same meaning.

This would go into the sense of the translation of Yusuf Ali:

Abraham was indeed a model, devoutly obedient to Allah, (and) true in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah

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