Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
“Crime and Punishment” – This episode makes mention of how Allah SWT captures the assumption of the people of the book regarding their duration in hell fire in the light of two surahs, Surah Baqarah and Surah Al Imran.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Welcome to amused by the Quran a series in which I try to share with you things I find incredible about the Quran.
Today inshallah, continuing the conversation about different kinds of plurals a quick recap first in Arabic, you can, you can have a regular plural. And then you can have a powerful plural. So they have weaker and stronger plurals. We don't have that concept and English books is just books cars is just cars. But in Arabic, you can have one word for a few cars, and yet another word for many cars, they can actually do that in Arabic. Okay. Now this plays out in the Koran very interestingly, the example I want to share with you today is about the assumption of some people from the Israelites who believed that even if they ended up in the fire, that will not they will not end up there except
for limited numbers of days. A Yama mount Duda, Yama, Medusa means just a few days, but actually in one case in Bukhara Atlas has a mama Duda counted days or limited days. And in Anambra in the same language comes up, but it's slightly different. A Yama model that Yama Duda in Baqarah. Yama do that in an airline and they seem almost identical. But actually, from a language perspective, they're different. The one in Bukhara, the one in the earlier Sula is actually a stronger plural. And the one in Allium, Ron is actually it's yamamo and asylum, which basically suggests that it's a weaker plural. In other words, in one passage, the Israelites are saying we're gonna say a few days, they
may be a little more though. And in the other passage, they're saying, we're only going to save very, very few days. So in other words, one face they said, it's not that few maybe maybe it'll be a long weekend or something. So they're, they're worried about extra time, okay, and then the other they're less worried. This is the power of Korans contextualization, what Allah does is there are certain passages where certain things are highlighted more than others. So both on Iran and Bukhara. They both talk about the people of the book, and they both highlight crimes that they've committed. But if you compare them, the people of the look mentioned in Bukhara can commit far more crimes. And
the list of crimes mentioned in earlier Milan is much, much shorter. The passage in which the crimes are many, many more, when it came to concern about being in the fire, they said maybe it'll be a few extra days, I think. So they needed a few extra. And the passage in which there's a few crimes mentioned, they're actually more relieved and say, no, it's going to be just a few days, it's not going to be that long. So Han Allah like, like captures just the subtlety in the plural. See, this is not going to show up in translation, but just the subtlety between the morphology being used, the Yama Buddha being used a Yama model that's being used as captured in the Quran. So, so perfectly
Subhan Allah. So this is an inshallah, in the next couple of episodes, I'll just highlight these kinds of subtleties of how Allah captures down to the word, exactly what needs to be described, and what sentiment people have, because this is not just a matter of language now, it's actually also a matter of psychology, somebody who's willing to admit that they're wrong.
But if you make the if you elaborate what their crimes are, then maybe they're able to, they're they're willing to go a step further say, okay, maybe it was a big deal.
And if you don't elaborate it as much as like, Oh, come on, it's not so bad. I'm alright. You know, like this. It didn't have to be said separately. This the psychological phenomenon didn't have to be described separately. It was just embedded in two words and how they're transition from each other. So hon Allah. May Allah azza wa jal give us the ability to reflect and benefit from the word from his word barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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