Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ghaflah and Sharī’ah

The word sharī’a is a path leading down to a waterhole. As long as you follow it, i.e. as long as you stay inside the boundaries of the path you will arrive to the water hole. In the Quran it’s … Continue reading

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Fā’ala – فاعَلَ

As we saw in an earlier post the different verb forms are tied to several meanings. Today we are going to look at the verb form fā’ala and the two meanings that are related to it. mutual participation (tashāruk) continuance … Continue reading

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Intention – نيّة

Niyyah is the Arabic word for intention, and it is derived from the letters nūn, wāw and yā. From the same root we find the word nawāh, meaning, amongst many other things, date pit, fruit kernel and core.  From this … Continue reading

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ṣawm

The lexical meaning of the Arabic word for fasting, ṣawm, is to abandon something, and the religious meaning is to refrain from such things as food, drink and sexual intercourse. Sawm also means to become still and motionless. The Arabs … Continue reading

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Af’ala – أَفْعَلَ

Learning Arabic opens up a whole new world, not only because you get access to thousands and thousands of books, but also because you become aware of the different interpretations and understandings that can be derived from a single word. … Continue reading

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Insanity

Words sharing the same radicals often share a fundamental meaning. For example words derived from the radicals Jīm and nūn always denote something hidden. Consider the following examples. Mail (a kind of body armor) is called junnah, when the night … Continue reading

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Anger

The Arabic word for wrath is ghadab. The verb taghaddaba is derived from ghadab and it’s used to express fierce boiling. The Arabs say taghaddabat al-qidr, the pot was boiling fiercely. If you picture a pot with fiercely boiling water … Continue reading

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