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Arabic اللغة العربية is the language in which the Quran was revealed. Use this tag for questions on Islam related terms or for understanding Islamic-texts.

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What are the readings (qira'at) of Quran?

As far as I know there are more than one reading for Quran. Some say they are 7 and others say they are 14. What does that mean? Are there more than one Quran? Which reading is the correct one and why?...
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Is "Amen" originally Arabic word?

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Alhamdulillahi rabbil-'alamin. Was-Salatu was-Salam 'ala Sayyidina wa Azimina, Wa Habibi Qulubina wa Shafii Nufusina, Abul Qasim Muhammad. Wa 'ala Ahli Bayti tayyibina ...
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Do Arabs really speak with lengthened sounds?

In Tajweed, especially in this YouTube Channel, it is emphasized that some sounds should be lengthened up to 4 seconds. I am not a linguist, and I am not a historian. Yet I know many languages in ...
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How to read these verses in the Quran?

Assalamu alaikum. I am learning how to read Arrabic alphabets and how to read Quran. I'm slightly confused with something: In the first verse of Sura Al-Faatiha, the spelling suggests the following ...
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Assalaam vs Assalaamu alaikum

I have a grammar question. Would it be weird to say “assalaam” instead of “assalaamu alaikum” or “salaam”? I want to write it this way just for a piece of art (painting) for aesthetic reasons.
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I have forgotten how to read the quran. Where can I learn to read Arabic?

Assalamu aliakum. I am 12 years old. I learned to recite the Quran when I was very young. But a few years back I stopped reciting quran and now I don't know how to read Arabic, I have forgotten. I ...
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The Dream of Yusuf

(I am not sure if this type of questions are allowed or encouraged, because it is mainly a language-related question. If not, please tell me and I delete.) I am trying understand the second part of ...
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Should Qur'an 54:17 be interpreted as meaning the Qur'an is intended to be simple to understand?

There's a range of translations of Quran 54:17; here are some examples: And in truth We have made the Qur'an easy to remember; but is there any that remembereth? -- M. M. Pickthall We have ...
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Why did Allah only forgive Adam and not eve?

In the Qur'an we have these verses: And they ate [DUAL] thereof, and their [DUAL] shame became clear to them; and they [DUAL] began to draw over them of the leaves of the garden; and Adam opposed his ...
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Does the word Al (Arabic: آل) indicate consanguineous relevancy or support?

I'm reading Syed Husain Mohammad Jafri's "The Origins and Early Development of Shi’a Islam". On the term "Al" he mentioned: The term Al, meaning nearer or nearest relations by ...
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what is the rule for seperating words in Quran Arabic?

What is the universal criteria to separate words in Arabic of Quran? My computer program uses "empty space character" to separate words and count them. Is that "always" correct rule for this? For ...
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Difference between صَلِّ and بَارِكْ after the tashahhud

Salamo3alaykom, I have a question regarding the linguistics after the tashahhud. للَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، ...
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What ٱلْحُبُكِ truly means?

I read this verse from the Quran: وَٱلسَّمَآءِ ذَاتِ ٱلْحُبُكِ Then I wanted to see what the true meaning of ٱلْحُبُكِ could be. I tried Almaany but all those diacritics makes it extremely difficult ...
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What's the difference between the word "al-bahra" and "al-yammi" in the Quran?

Both of these words are translated as "sea." What's the semantic difference between them?
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Is Akbar a name of Allah?

Al-Kabeer is a name of Allah what about Akbar? Can we say it's not a name of Allah if it's not found in the Quran or Sunnah or should we need to say I cannot affirm it because it's not found in Quran ...
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What is meant by the word "مُّبِينٌ" in reference to Arabic?

In Qur'an 16:103 and 26:195, the word مُّبِينٌ (often translated 'clear' or 'pure') is used to refer to the Arabic language of the Qur'an. In linguistic terms, describing language as 'clear' means ...
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What is the difference between khalaqa and ja`ala in the qur'an?

in sura al-Anaam allah uses "khalaqa" خَلَقَ for samawat (heavens) and ard (earth) but "ja´ala" جَعَلَ for zulumat (darkness) and noor (light): الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ الَّذِى خَلَقَ السَّمَـوَتِ ...
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what is the difference between haula and hilala?

Salam, What is the difference between haula (as in La haula wa la...) and hilal (as in hilalahuma nahara)? Do they come from the same root word?
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Why do words like "salah" and "riba" have an extra unpronounced letter waw in them?

I've noticed that in many masaahif ("mushafs"), certain words like "salah" and "riba" have an extra, unpronounced letter waw in them, such as Surah Baqarah, verse 3: The fifth word here is pronounced ...
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Is ناس related etymologically or in any other ways to نسیان?

It is claimed here, at 14:03, that one possible root of ناس is نسیان. Is it true? Can it be supported linguistically?
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Clarification on "Tawaffa"

To the best of my knowledge, whenever Allah or His angels perform tawaffa on someone it only means sleep or death. 25+ times only death: وتوفنا مع الأبرار 3:193 الذين يتوفون منكم 2:234 & 2:240 ...
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Grammar related to أصحاب الأيكة?

أصحاب الأيكة, translated as "people of the wood" or "people of the forest", is a phrase that occurs 4 times in the Holy Quran. It refers to the people of Shuaib (as). However, ...
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When to use Wa'iyyak vs Wa'iyyakum?

What is the difference between the two and when should they be used? Also when addressing one person what is the difference between Jazakallah Khayrun vs Jazakallah Khair?
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What is the most reliable source of Arabic grammar for understanding Quran?

In this video it is claimed that س is for farther away future, but سوف is for more nearer future. But when I search for س vs سوف I see the opposite. So, is there a formal resource that can be used as ...
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Why masjid Haram is called that name?

In Islam we use the word Haram for things that are forbidden, but when we say Majid-e-Haram, why do we use the "Haram" word?
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Why didn't the audience of the Prophet(Sm) ask about huruf muqatta'at?

The generally held view of traditional scholarship is that its meaning is not known to us. But why didn't the Arabs raise any objection when the verses were recited?
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Why was Quran revealed in Arabic language?

Due to the fact that Allah is All-wise, there must've been a reason for sending down Quran in Arabic. So what is it? What would have happened if Allah had used another language? I'm asking this ...
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What are the differences between "Ya Allah" vs "Allahuma"?

I have a little but not much knowledge of Arabic. Although God is called Al-Karim, I hear the invocation Ya Karim, but I never heard the invocation Ya Al-Karim or Ya-l-Karim. Same for other names of ...
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Is it correct if we attribute fairness to scientists in this verse?

In Surah 3, Ayah 18 we read: شَهِدَ ٱللَّهُ أَنَّهُۥ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةُ وَأُو۟لُوا۟ ٱلْعِلْمِ قَآئِمًۢا بِٱلْقِسْطِ ۚ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ And ...
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What is the difference between فعل and عمل?

Allah (SWT) in some places in the Quran uses فعل and in other places uses عمل. 2:68 فافعلوا ما تومرون 41:40 اعملوا ما شئتم Is there a difference between them linguistically or semantically that ...
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Did quran distort the name of Jesus?

Why quran chose the name or as some scholar suggested (arabized) the name of Jesus so strange that has puzzled the scholars of both experts of language and scholars of comparative study for centuries ...
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Why near 17 percent of Quranic words start with 'wa' (وَ)? Can we detach 'wa' from those words?

I'm working on Quran (using Quran's database) and I've noticed that from like 17000 distinct words of Quran, around 3000 start with wa attached to the beginning of the word. Examples: ...
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Does rafatha in Quran equals dirty talking?

In two places Allah (SWT) talks about رَفَثَ. And almaany.com defines it as کلام قبیح among other things. But I am not Arab and I don't understand its true meaning. Does this mean dirty talking? Is it ...
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نحن (Nahnu) usage in the Ancient Near-East

In my college classes, I am studying the Quran and I've noticed that the "We" pronoun used by Allah is typically seen as the "Royal We," but I cannot seem to find that sense of the ...
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Do verses 32:5 and 22:47 contradict 70:4?

There are multiple interpretations of يوم, one is that it means "world" in 70:4, and is recorded in Ibn Kathir's tafsir. But my main problem is the meaning of "you count" (تعدّون). ...
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Why does 2:74 use "or"?

I first found this verse while reading the context of a verse. I do not know if it's a feature of the Arabic language. Qur'an 2:74 (emphasis mine): 2:74 ثُمَّ قَسَتْ قُلُوبُكُم مِّنۢ بَعْدِ ذَٰلِكَ ...
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Explanation of Surah 9:64?

It says something like "say mock [as you wish]." in part of it in Sahih International translation We should not assist in sinning We should command good and forbid evil So how do we tell ...
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If Arabs were no nation, how did Arabic become the language of the Quran? [closed]

From history I came to know that before Islam the Arabs wer not considered a nation but any types of nomads people were called Arabs. How come Arabic is called a language in the Quran when the Arabs ...
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Quranic or linguistic support that قعود is longer than جلوس

In this video it's claimed that قعود is longer than جلوس. It's the translation/interpretation of surah Ma'idah, ayah 5: قَالُوا۟ يَـٰمُوسَىٰٓ إِنَّا لَن نَّدْخُلَهَآ أَبَدًۭا مَّا دَامُوا۟ فِيهَا ۖ ...
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Possible translation mistake of islamqa

Salamo3alaykom, in this answer in IslamQa I've may have found a translation after the tashahhud, translating at the beginning as "O Allah send prayers..." but Allah does NOT send prayers, rather He ...
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Need help with 57:25

يَعلَمَ is translated as a thing like "and will make evident Allah". What is the basis of this translation? how can Allah learn if he knows everything? why did it not use يُ as in 24:31?
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The strength of words related to "coming to someone" in the Quran

Quran talks about prophets coming to nations. And it usually uses two words for this: آتاهم; come to them جائتهم; he came to them Is there a strength difference between these two? For example, can ...
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Why is rihlata in 106:2 mansoob? [closed]

eelafihim rihlata ash-shita'i was-sayf - 106:2 (their accustomed security in the caravan of winter and summer) 106:2 has the word رِحۡلَةَ (rihlata - caravan/journey) with the مَنصُوبُ (mansoob - ...
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Why does hamzah lose its seat after interrogative prefix?

أَرَءَيۡتَ ٱلَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِٱلدِّينِ (107:1) Have you seen the one who denies the recompense? وَرَأَيۡتَ ٱلنَّاسَ يَدۡخُلُونَ فِي دِينِ ٱللَّهِ أَفۡوَاجٗا (110:2) And you have seen mankind ...
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Who named our prophet 'Muhammad' and why?

This is actually my son's question but I could not find a satisfactory quick answer. The meaning from the derived Arabic root H-M-D (to praise) is praiseworthy, commendable, laudable. src I am ...
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Why does the word Hypocrite and Spending share same root in Arabic?

Why does the word منافقون (Munafiq/hypocrite) and انفاق (Infaq) which means “to spend out (wealth) share the same triliteral root nūn fā qāf (ن ف ق) List of occurrences in Quran from triliteral root ...
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Is following claim is right on meaning of word "daha" in verse 79:30

In following website, the author claims that in Libyan, the word "daha" means egg or something like egg shape. In the Book "The Bible, the Quran and Sciences" by Maurice Bucaille, ...
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Various Reading of Sura 30:1-10

Assalamualaikum I have read academic page on verse 30:1-10, al-Rum, according The paper is long and goes into great detail, but I will summarize just the first few pages, which I read. The 4 readings ...
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What is the difference between "Ajirna" and "Ajirni"?

I don't know Arabic very well. Our imam in the mosque says "Allahumma Ajirna Minan Naar" and we say "Ameen" to it. Now due to lockdown, I hear to radio more often and I noticed that the Imam in ...
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Do we wash our feet or wipe our feet in Wudu? [duplicate]

Bismillah. Alhamdulillahi rabbil-'alamin. Was-Salatu was-Salam 'ala Ashraful Anbiya Sayyidina Muhammad wa 'ala 'Alihi Muhammad. My question is about Wudu prescribed in ayah 5:6. According to this ...

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