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Qurʾān

(7,360 words)

Author(s): Muhammad Abdel Haleem
The Qurʾān uses the fact that it was revealed in Arabic to argue that the Arabs who hear it have no excuse for not understanding: “We have sent it down as an Arabic Qurʾān so that you [people] may understand” (Q. 12/2). As Sībawayhi (d. 177/793?) puts it, “They were addressed in their own speech, and the Qurʾān came to conform to their language and what they understood” ( Kitāb I, 331–332). Similarly, aš-Šāṭibī (d. 790/1388) states: “The Qurʾān was revealed in Arabic, conforming to the way the Arabs spoke, making it easy for them to understand what God commands and prohibits” ( Muwāfaqāt III, 346). The Qurʾān conformed to Arab speech: it provided the reason for codifying Arabic grammar and stylistics and …
Date: 2018-04-01

ل/و/ﻁl–w–ṭ

(221 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to coat with mud, to stick; to hide; to claim; to be affectionate tow…

ع/ب/سʿ–b–s

(117 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
dung, to be soiled, to be dismal; to frown, to look stern, to be austere. Of this root, two forms oc…

هـ/ز/وh–z–w

(13 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
(see هـ/ز/أ h–z–ʾ). Elsaid M. Badawi Muhammad Abdel Haleem

ط/غ/و-ىṭ–gh–w/y

(540 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
(of a liquid) to overflow, to transgress, to exceed the limits, to be excessive, to violate establis…

م/ﻫ/لm–h–l

(156 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
molten copper, a generic name for all metals, tar, heated dirty oil; ease of manner, self recollecti…

ز/ج/وz–j–w

(127 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to urge gently, to assist along, to drive forward, to propel. Of this root, two forms occur three times in the Qur’an: يُز…

ع/ث/رʿ–th–r

(132 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
a hole in which irrigation water collects, palm tree…

ب/هـ/مb–h–m

(51 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
four‐footed animals; to be dumb; obscure, unintelligible; to be dark; unmarked. Of this root, بَهِيمَةٌ baḥımatun o…

ذ/ي/عdh–y–ʿ

(73 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to declare, to announce, to divulge, a telltale; to take away. Of this root, only أَذَاعَ ʾadhāʿa occurs once in the…

م/ر/ىmry

(349 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to rub the udder of a she‐camel before milking, (of a she camel) to give plenty of milk; to cause bl…

خ/ض/دkh–ḍ–d

(68 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to twist, to crack, to cut the thorns off a branch; to become stale, to become shrivelled; to munch …

ك/ع/بk–ʿ–b

(139 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
ankle, ankle bone, heel; cube, dice, to fold in a square shape, square building; honour; the Ka‘ba; …

د/ر/جd–r–j

(143 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
rank, level, station; to walk slowly, to do something gradually, flood channel; to wrap up, to fold,…

خ/ط/أkh–ṭ–ʾ

(291 words)

Author(s): Badawi, Elsaid M. | Abdel Haleem, Muhammad
to miss the target, to veer away from the correct path, to err, to commit a crime, to sin; a mistake…
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