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One who foretells the (negative) consequences of actions. The Arabic word nadhīr (pl. nudhur) appears no fewer than fifty-eight times in the Qurʾān, scarcely less frequently than the verb andhara (including nominal and adjectival forms, particularly mundhir) from which it derives, and nearly always in the sense of “warner” (cf. Lisān al-ʿArab, xiv, 100). As Watt puts it (Muhammad at Mecca, 71), the verb “describes the action of informing a person of something of a dangerous, harmful, or fearful nature, so as to put him on his guard against it or put him in fear (q.v.) of it” (see also chastise…

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Robinson, Chase F., “Warner”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00452>

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