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Various Examples of the Linguistic Beauty of the Quran - Multaqa Ahl Al-Hadeeth

Various Examples of the Linguistic Beauty of the Quran - Multaqa Ahl Al-Hadeeth

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 Multaqa Ahl al­Hadeeth
 
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06­03­2008, 07:46 AM
Umm Muawiyah
 
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Various Examples of the Linguistic Beauty of the Quran
Assalamu Alaikum.As I've come across so many wonderful articles (and blog posts) on the linguistic beauty of the Quran, Ithought I'd post them here. (I studied it as well so perhaps one day insha­Allah, I'll type out some of themy notes.)Some of these require some knowledge of the Arabic language. That's not a bad thing at all. It should just whet our appetite and make us want to learn Arabic instead of relying on translations.Also, if anybody spots any mistakes in these articles, please do say so.Okay, the first one is about an ant that's smarter than me....http://www.masjidibrahim.org/article...a/sulaiman.htm
Sulaiman (as) and the Ant ­ By Yahya Ibrahim
Allah (swt) narrates to us in the Quran the story of Sulaiman and an ant. We must first understand thatSulaiman (as) was a Prophet who had been given dominion that surpassed all other human beings pastand present. 'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin al­'Aas (ra) reports that Rasool ul Allah (saw) said, 'When Sulaiman(Solomon) son of Dawoud (David) (re­)built Baitul Maqdis he requested from Allah three things inintervals:­ He asked Allah governorship with Justice that is in accordance with the Laws of Allah­ He asked to possess dominion that cannot be attained/possessed by anyone after him­ He asked, after having completed the (re­)building of the Masjid, that anyone who comes to it, seekingonly to pray in it, that he departs from it (exits him) sinless as the day he was given birth to by hismother (In another narration he said, 'As for the (first) two requests, then he received them. I am hopefulthat he was granted the third as well.')[Reported by an­Nasaa'i, Ahmed, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Al­Haakim in al­Mustadrak, Al­Bayhaqi in ash­Shu'ab and others.]One of the blessings extended to Sulaiman was his ability to converse with the natural livingenvironment.
 
Allah (swt) says in Surat al­Naml:
"And there were gathered before Sulaiman (Solomon) his hosts of jinns and men, and birds, andthey all were set in battle order (marching forwards). Till, when they came to the valley of theants, one of the ants said: "O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaimân (Solomon) and his hostscrush you, while they perceive not."So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: "My Lord! Inspire andbestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You havebestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will pleaseYou, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."
Surat an­Naml (27: 17­19)Shaykhul Islam Ibn al­Qayyim discusses in Miftaah Dar as­Sa'aadah (Vol. 1, Pg. 243) the linguisticpower of the ant's speech.He says: The dialogue of the ant – "O ants! Enter your dwellings, lest Sulaiman (Solomon) and his hostscrush you, while they perceive not" – involves 10 different communicational tools. This single statementcarried in its message the following 10 linguistic parameters:1. A Call and plea2. An indication3. Identification4. Mandating5. Stating6. Warning7. Specification8. Discerning and proving9. Generalizing10. ExcusingThe simple and concise exhortation of the miniscule ant carried all that has been listed above. As aresult, Sulaiman felt compelled to thank Allah for the Ni'mah that Allah extended to him. So Sulaimaninvoked Allah saying:
So he [Sulaiman (Solomon)] smiled, amused at her speech and said: "My Lord! Inspire andbestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You havebestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will pleaseYou, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."
Surat an­Naml (27: 19)Here is the break down of the ant's exhortation."O" : A call and plea"ants!" : Identification and Indication"Enter" : Mandating and Commanding"your dwellings," : Stating what to do"lest Sulaiman" : Specifying and Labeling"and his hosts" : Discerning and Proving"crush you" : Warning"while they perceive not" : Excusing
 
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SubhanAllah! An ant's sentence contained all of that eloquence and precision. Let us ponder the wordsof Allah (swt):
"There is not a moving (living) creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but arecommunities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all)shall be gathered."
Al­An'aam 6:38
06­03­2008, 07:51 AM
Umm Muawiyah
 
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Assalamu Alaikum.http://arabicgems.wordpress.com/2007...storys­secret/
The Story's Secret
To look back to the original meaning of a word is to embark on more than just a linguistic voyage; insome cases, tracing a word back to its original meaning is actually the key to unlocking one of thetreasures of the guidance of the Qur’an.For example, Allaah said in the introduction to the story of Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him),
 ﻧَ ﺤ ْﻦ ُ ﻧَ ﻘ ُﺺ  ﻋَ ﻠ َ ﻴ ْﻚ َأَ ﺣْ ﺴ َﻦ َا ﻟْ ﻘ َ ﺼ َﺺ ِ ﺑِ ﻤ َﺎ أَ وْ ﺣَ ﻴ ْ ﻨ َﺎ إِ ﻟَ ﻴ ْﻚ َ ﻫَ ـ ﺬ  َاا ﻟْ ﻘ ُ ﺮ ْ آ نَ وَإِن ﻛُ ﻨ ﺖ َ ﻣِﻦ  ﻗَ ﺒ ْ ﻠ ِﻪ ِ ﻟَ ﻤ ِﻦ َا ﻟْ ﻐ َﺎ  ﻓ ِ ﻠ ِ ﻴ ﻦ  َ
We relate to you, the best of stories (qasas) in what We have revealed to you of this Qur’an althoughyou were, before it, among the unaware. wherein the real secret behind Allah relating this story to us lies in none other than the word story itself.The word being used for story in this verse is qissah
 ﻗ ﺼ ﺔ 
(pl. qasas
 ﻗ ﺼ ﺺ 
), is derived from the root qaaf­saad
ق
­
ص
. The primary connotation of this root is ‘to follow’. This meaning is further evidenced by theverse,
 وَ ﻗَﺎ  ﻟَﺖ ْ ﻷِُ ﺧْ ﺘ ِﻪ  ِ ﻗُ ﺼ  ﻴ ﻪ ِ
And she said to his sister, “Follow him” wherein the mother of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) told his sister to follow Musa after the familyof the Pharoah had picked him from the river, and the word used by Allah for ‘follow’ in the verse wasqusseehi
 ﻗُ ﺼ  ﻴ ﻪ ِ
­ also derived from the root
ق
­
ص
.Similarly, the juridical term qisaas
 ﻗ ﺼ ﺎ ص
referring to the law of equality in punishment, is so calledbecause it involves following in the footsteps of another ­ doing to one person what they have done toanother.And thus we find that the word qissah
 ﻗ ﺼ ﺔ 
(story) as has been used in the Qur’an has been chosen overall other synonyms (such as hadeeth
 ﺣﺪ  ﻳﺚ 
or hikaayah
 ﺣ ﻜ ﺎ  ﻳﺔ 
) because it indicates that the story is notbeing narrated for the sake of amusement or entertainment, but rather within the word itself lies the

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