Offspring; gender-inclusive term for young people, between infancy and youth. The Qurʾān contains a number of terms for ¶ “offspring” and “young people,” (e.g.
dhurriyya; ghulām, pl.
ghilmān; ibn, pl.
banūn; walad, pl.
awlād), but it is only seldom clear from the context when these refer to the age group between birth (q.v.) and maturity (q.v.). More specific terms for infants and children are:
walīd, “child” (pl.
wildān, although in q 56:17,
wildān probably means “youths”);
mawlūd, “born, child,”
ṣabī, “infant, boy,”
ṭifl, “infant” and
ṣaghīr, “young.” Generally the terms in th…