Monthly Archives: January 2012

Intellect – ‘aql

وَلَدَارُ الآخِرَةِ خَيْرٌ لِّلَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ أَفَلاَ تَعْقِلُونَ The abode of the Hereafter is far better for those who are aware. Do you not use your intellect? (K. 12: 109) Although intelligence is a concept that is highly valued in most, … Continue reading

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SWEETNESS AND PUNISHMENT

How is punishment related to sweetness? These two words seem to be total opposites, since as Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzi says human beings look for pleasure and do their outmost to avoid pain, but in spite of this both words are … Continue reading

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Miḥrāb

So the angels called him while he was standing in prayer in the chamber (al-miḥrāb), “Indeed, Allah gives you good tidings of John, confirming a word from Allah and [who will be] honorable, abstaining [from women], and a prophet from … Continue reading

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Falling down

In his book al-furūq al-lughawiyyah ibn ’Asākir writes that there are no synonyms in the Arabic language. The main purpose of the book is to explain the differences between words that are often thought to be synonymous.  For example, the … Continue reading

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