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رمضان – Ramadan

The name of the month Ramadan is related to the root verb رَمِضَ ramida. It is interesting to reflect upon the various meanings associated with this verb as they seem to reveal something about the month of fasting. رمض من الأمر ramida min … Continue reading

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حبط

  Actions affect us in different ways. Generally good actions bring positive effects and bad actions bring about negative effects on the soul. It sometimes happens that the positive effect of an action becomes null, or even damaging because of … Continue reading

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Humbleness

The Arabic word for humbleness is tawaadu’, and it’s derived from the letters waw, dad and ‘ayn. The original meaning of this root is “to lay down”. Tawaadu’ belongs to the verb pattern tafaa’ala. One of the meanings of this … Continue reading

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hypocrisy – Nifaq

Hypocrisy and spending The word for hypocrisy is nifāq and its derived from the letters nūn, fa, qāf. A burrow is called nafaq. The burrow is a kind of tunnel that is used by the desert rodent, Jerboa, to escape … Continue reading

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Intoxication

It is well known that the drinking of intoxicating beverages is forbidden. The Arabic word for wine, khamr, denotes – according to Ibn Fāris – the root meaning “to cover”, and the scholars explain that the prohibition of wine is … Continue reading

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Spiritual states

The idea that words derived from the same root-letters are also semantically related is evident in the following hadith[1], The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has said: ‘The heart (qalb) takes its name from its constant turning (taqallub). … Continue reading

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Namīmah –

The word namīmah is usually defined as malicious gossip, referring in particular to the spreading of rumours in order to ruin the relationship between two people. Al-Ghazali, may God be well-pleased with him, argues that this definition of namīmah is … Continue reading

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