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The meaning of the pronoun “We” as used in the Qur’an.pdf

The meaning of the pronoun “We” as used in the Qur’an.pdf

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The meaning of the pronoun We as used in the Quran
The meaning of the pronoun We as used in the Quran Why does the Quran use the term "we" in its ayats?Many non-believers believe that this may be in reference to Jesus?Praise be to Allaah.It is a feature of literary style in Arabic that a person may refer tohimself by the pronoun nahnu (we) for respect or glorification. He may alsouse theword ana (I), indicating one person, or the third person huwa (he). Allthree styles are used in the Quran, where Allaah addresses the Arabs intheir owntongue. (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daaimah, 4/143).Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, sometimesrefers to Himself in the singular, by name or by use of a pronoun, andsometimes by use ofthe plural, as in the phrase (interpretation of the meaning): Verily, We havegivenyou a manifest victory [al-Fath 48:1], and other similar phrases. But Allaahneverrefers to Himself by use of the dual, because the plural refers to the respectthat Hedeserves, and may refer to His names and attributes, whereas the dualrefers to a specificnumber (and nothing else), and He is far above that.(Al-Aqeedahal-Tadmuriyyah by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, p. 75).These words, innaa (Verily We) and nahnu(We), and other forms of the plural, may be used by one person speakingonbehalf of a group, or they may be used by one person for purposes ofrespect orglorification, as is done by some monarchs when they issue statements ordecrees in whichthey say We have decided… etc. [This is known in English as TheRoyal WeTranslator]. In such cases, only one person is speaking but the
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