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Hot and Cold
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Having, or characterized by, a high or low temperature. Hot and cold are two primary qualities that have a contrastive distribution in the Qurʾān, hot being associated with pain and discomfort, cold (generally) with comfort and relief. In most of its attestations, hot is expressed by ḥarr and ḥarūr. It indicates pain in both this world and the one to come. A verse illustrating both aspects is q 9:81. God warns those reluctant to join the expedition (see expeditions and battles ) to attack Tabūk, “They said, ‘Do not set out in the [mid-summer] heat.’ Reply, ‘The fire (q.v.) of hell (q.v.) is a …

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Johns, Anthony Hearle, “Hot and Cold”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00198>



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