I dont understand what s the difference between two

why Allah use sometimes the plural form and sometimes the sinular form

anyone knows maybe the singular form is a way of communicate more closely I dont know...

  • This should cover your inquiry. If not please add examples to make clear what you mean.
    – Medi1Saif
    Aug 6, 2020 at 9:49
  • It hard to make example since in English there is no différence between you when I talk to a single person or you when I talk to many like in Arabic, the quran use both I don't understand why sometimes Allah use the plural form and other times the singular form of you when he ask us to do something
    – user39272
    Aug 6, 2020 at 20:32
  • Do you mean why Allah sometimes uses "We" and sometimes uses "I"?
    – Yusha
    Sep 6, 2020 at 15:00

1 Answer 1


Singular form almost always refers to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). For example:

And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. (2:4)

Sometimes it may be singular outwardly referring to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), but refer to Muslims or people in general by extension through the Prophet. It is simply a way of speaking. For example:

The truth is from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters. (3:60)

The message is for people in general (since the Prophet does not doubt) but it is said in proxy through the Prophet (SAW).

Plural form can refer to different groups of people including but not limited to Muslims, Bani Israel, and all humans in general depending on context.

Muslims: "Neither those who disbelieve from the People of the Scripture nor the polytheists wish that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord. But Allah selects for His mercy whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty." (2:105)

Bani Israel: "O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and fulfill My covenant [upon you] that I will fulfill your covenant [from Me], and be afraid of [only] Me." (2:40)

Mankind: "O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous" (2:21)

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