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Key terms of the Quran explained in a concise manner.

Jihad (جِھاد)

Jihad (جِھاد)

The Arabic word ‘Jihad’ or ‘jihaad(un)’ (also spelt as ‘Jihaad’) is a noun. The meanings of every Arabic noun depend mainly upon two factors: a)      What is the Arabic root of the noun word, and the signification or meaning of that root? b)     What is the form or measure (or baab, as they call it in Arabic) of that noun word? The Arabic root of the word ‘Jihad’ is ‘jahd(un)’ or ‘juhd(un)’, with the following meanings: Power; Influence; Energy; Ability; Labour; Toil; Exertion; Effort; Endeavour; Diligence; Painstaking, or…

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Islam (اِسلام)

Islam (اِسلام)

Dictionary Meanings of the Term The verb form IV aslama (أَسْلَمَ) of the verbal noun is’lām (إِسْلَٰم) means: to submit[1]; to surrender[2]; to commit oneself (to an authority, system or a way of life); to resign; aslama lillahi (اَسلَمَ لِلّہِ) means to declare oneself committed to the Will of God[3]. The verbal noun is’lām (إِسْلَٰم) means: submission (i.e. yielding to the law, power or control of an authority); resignation; surrender; reconciliation; accepting someone’s sovereignty and authority. Those who submit, surrender…

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Deen (دِین)

Deen (دِین)

Dictionary Meanings of the Term The Arabic word ‘Deen’ has the following dictionary meanings: Obedience; a state of abasement and submissiveness; الدِّینُ لِلّہ  means ‘obedience to God’; a religion, implying obedience and submission to law; a particular law, statute or an ordinance; a system of usages, rites, ceremonies; custom or habit; a way, coarse, mode or manner of acting or conduct; management, conduct or regulation of affairs; state, condition or case; repayment, requital, compensation or recompense; retaliation; reckoning[1]. The Quranic…

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