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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 at 16:44

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