Word Wise

  • Love, oh love.

    11th April 2007

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, The word ‘love’ appeared as a noun in the Qur’an ten times – of those...

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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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  • It’s a hit!

    20th October 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, The Arabs have a number of words to express specific ways of hitting. When reading...

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  • In perfect form.

    5th May 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, One aspect of the miraculousness of the Qur’anic language lies in the precision of its...

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  • Two ends of the same stick.

    20th April 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, There is a category of words in Arabic known as al-ad`daad الأضداد. They are a...

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  • Tales from the riverbank.

    16th April 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, One of the most fascinating aspects of Arabic in my eyes, is finding the relationship...

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  • Kitty, Kitty, sleep sleep sleep.

    13th April 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, As seen previously, the Arabic language is very precise in its lexical references owing to...

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  • There’s always a first.

    27th March 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, Arabic often has the ability to convey a very precise meaning using a single world,...

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  • Like a crumbled mountain.

    21st March 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, Many languages of the world contain words that reflect certain concepts that are hard to...

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  • Too sweet for words.

    19th March 2006

    al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh, The opposite end of the ishtiraak phenomenon in which a single word has many shades...

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