Etymology

  • Lord, have mercy.

    27th June 2011

    This post is dedicated to my baby Rahma, the joy of my heart, light of my life, and queen...

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  • The secret of happiness

    16th March 2008

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, So important is the concept of ‘happiness’ in our lives that many people – even...

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  • How the horse got his name.

    29th July 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, The verb خالَ khaala has two different forms that also differ in pattern and meaning....

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  • Submit and obey.

    1st April 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, Sometimes there appear mushtarak lafdhee words in the Qur’an, that sound and are written the...

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  • Don’t be a hater.

    11th March 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, When Ibn ‘Aashoor (d. 1973/1393) wrote his tafseer on the Qur’an, which he called Tafsir...

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  • The story’s secret.

    5th February 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, To look back to the original meaning of a word is to embark on more...

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  • Eternal regret.

    15th January 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, There are some commentaries on the Qur’an (tafseers) which have a strong linguistic element, and...

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  • The correct combination.

    20th November 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, I came across an amusing anecdote in Lisan al-’Arab recently illustrating the dangers of engaging...

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  • Purity in corruption.

    7th October 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, There is a long standing disagreement between supporters of classical Arabic الفصحى vs. supporters of...

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  • Discover your roots.

    26th September 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, A common phenomenon known to linguists is that of semantic shift, whereby a word acquires...

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