Many people talk about it, but most of us don’t know any of the Qur’ans linguistic miracles.
We’ll gather Linguistic Miracle Gems from the Qur’an here inshaa’ Allah. Maybe Allah will increase us in emaan by reflecting on them.
Will be Updated gradually insha’ Allah.
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1 – Companions of the Elephant [Feel 105:1]
2 – We have certainly created man into hardship [Balad 90:4]3 – 12 words for Fear in the Arabic Language.
4 – Then perhaps [La’alla] you would kill yourself through grief over them.. [al Kahf 18:6]
5 – Allah alone is Waheed.
6 – The letter Waaw in Faatir 35:32 has a right to be written in tears…
7 – “While Allah has created you and what [Maa] you make!” (as-Saffaat 37: 96)
8 – “I am near…” [Baqarah 2:186]
9 – Difference between Kifl and Naseeb.
10 – The Angels write what you Do.
11 – The Precise “Selection”.
12 – Bonds of Brotherhood.
13 –Allah has not put for any man 2 hearts inside his body. (Ahzab 33:4)
14 – Why is Walidayn used instead of Abu and Um? [Israa 17:23]
15 – Marriage – Tranquility, Passion, and then.. Mercy. [Rum 30:21]
16 – Your life Summarised in 1 Aayah. [Hadeed 57:20]
17 – “And whoever We give long life, We reverse him in creation” [Yasin 36:68]
18 – Exposing the Hypocrites: “O people of Yathrib! There is no stand (possible) for you (against the enemy attack!) Therefore go back!” [Ahzab 33:13]
19 – What does ‘Surah’ mean ?
20 – When the Wild Beasts are Herded [Takweer 81:5]
21 – Wali vs Mawla
22 – Your Mawla is the Fire! [Hadeed 57:15]
23 – Khaalideen vs Khalida. [Nisa 4: 13-14]
24- The Secret Happiness
25- The Heart [fuaad] Lied not in what he saw [Najm 53:11]
26- The Gates of Hell vs. The Gates of Paradise [Zumar 39: 71-4]
27-Have they tied their knot on remaining on disbelief? [Zukhruf 43:79]
28-Makkah and Bakkah
31 – ..and when I fall ill, He is the One who restores me to health. (ash-Shu’ara 26:80)
32 – 4 Emphasises to emphasise the Preservation of the Quran.
33 – Truly that is certainly from the noble tasks. (Shoora 42:43)
34 – With every hardship, there are 2 eases.
35 –No doubt, if you give thanks – I will give you more [Ibrahim 14:7] 3x Emphasis.
36 – Difference between the speech of Humans, and the speech of Allah.
37 – Placing the Name of the Righteous closer to Allah’s Name (Ahzaab 33:24)
38 – So do ‘affuw on us. And forgive us. And have mercy on us. [Baqarah 2:286]
39 – Truly that is certainly from the noble tasks. (Shoora 42:43)
40 – Replace the word Sky with Man, and Earth with Woman.
41 – The People of Taqwa are sandwiched between 2 aayaats of Jannah (Paradise). [aal Imran 3:134-6]
42 – Thee (alone) we worship; and Thee (alone) we ask for help. (al-Fatiha 1: 5)
43 – Miracle Story Timeline – Surah Yusuf.
44 – Rhyming Scheme in surah Maryam.
45 – Similarities in surah al Kahf and surah al Israa’.
46 – Think about these words from different Angles.
47 – “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I [Iblis] promised you, but I betrayed you. [Ibrahim 14:22]
48 – ..his reward is [due] from Allah. [Shuraa 42:40]
49 – An Arabic Quran. [Yusuf 12:2]
Conflict Resolution [Surah Hujurat 49:9]
Do not despair of the Mercy of Allah.. [Zumar 39:53]
And they did not become divided until after knowledge had come to them – out of jealous animosity between themselves.. [Shura 42:14]
Shaytan Beautified their Deeds [Anfal 8:48]
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A Collection of Visual Gems from the Qur’an – Imagery – producing Pictures in your mind through the words chosen by Allah, ‘azza wa Jal.
I hope that through this Collection, many brothers/sisters who produce excellent videos like; A Meeting with Allah, and ‘The Goodly Life‘ will see the images in this Collection and be Inspired to produce graphical videos to make people in Awe of the Qur’an at a Visual level.
5 – “The sight turned not aside, nor it transgressed beyond the limit.” (Surah Najm 53:17)
6 – Compare yourself to a War Horse. [Surah Aadiyaat – 100]
7 – And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain.. [Kahf 18:45]
8 – Amazing Imagery: And surely We, surely [will] make what [is] upon it (the Earth) Sa’eedan, Juruza. [al Kahf 18:7]
9 – When the Wild Beasts are Herded [Takweer 81:5]
10 – His Mother is Hell [Qariah 101:9]
11 – Being a Polytheist is like… [Hajj 22:31]
12 – A Visual scene in the Qur’an – of Truth vs Falsehood [Anbiya 21:18]
13 – Her Heart became Empty.. [Qasas 28:10]
14 – “And when you recite the Qur’an, We put an invisible veil between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter.” [Isra’ 17:45]
15 – Social Reflection on The Dream of Prophet Yusuf
[tab]Miracle Sounds [Onomatopoeia] in al-Qur’an.
The use of delicate sounds.. exhibits the Qur’an’s ability to express meaning and images via the sound of its text:
1 – The Still Night..
وَاللَّيْلِ إِذَا سَجَ ى
wallayli izaa sajaa..
“And by the Night when it is still..” [Qur’an 93: 2]
The way the Qur’an uses the word ‘when it is still’ produces a tranquil tone and a smooth sound. This indicates thepeace, stillness and serenity that night time provides.
2 – The Striking of Rocks to Produce Sparks:
The Qur’an also uses sound to build intense images, for example,
“And the producers of sparks striking” [Qur’an 100: 2] (really referring to war horses galloping and their hooves striking rocks to produce sparks [refer to the tafseers on this verse])
The word for sparks striking, ‘Qad-han’, that is used here emits a sound that develops the sense of this image, the proximity of the Arabic letters Qa – striking the ‘daal’ and rebounding the ‘ha’ is responsible for this sound.
3 – Splattering and Scattering..
In another example,:
وَأَنزَلْنَا مِنَ الْمُعْصِرَاتِ مَاءًثَجَّاجًا
Waanzalna mina almu’siraati maa’an thajjaja
And sent down, from the rain clouds, pouring water.[Naba’ 78:14]
The use of the word‘thajjaja’ in this verse, with its series of vowels emits a sound of splattering and scattering, which expresses the image of the drama.
For example in the verse below the Qur’an uses words that imitate the sound they denote. This rhetorical device called Onomatopoeia is widely used throughout the Qur’anic discourse.
4 – Saaaakhah..the loud deafening noise.
فَإِذَا جَاءَتِ الصَّاخَّةُ
But when there comes the Deafening Blast. [Abasa 80:33]
The word for ‘deafening noise’, ‘alssaakhah,’ chosen here produces a sound eluding to its meaning.
The Arabic letters ‘kha’ connected with a ‘ta’ [marboota = a ‘ha‘ sound] emanate harsh sounds which conform to the meaning of the text.
5 – TheWaswasa Whispering..
فَدَمْدَمَ عَلَيْهِمْ رَبُّهُم بِذَنبِهِمْ فَسَوَّاهَاوَسْوَسَإِلَيْهِ الشَّيْطَانُ
FaWasswassa ilayhi-shaytaan.. [Ta-Ha 20:120]
So Satan whispered to him [Adam]…
The wordWasswassa = Repeated Whispering which is targetted at someone, paused, and then comes back again.
The word is repeated twice [Wass-Wassa] because satan’s whispering is targetted at a person – to make them doubt/fear/get confused etc. then he will go away and come back again to whisper again another time…
[Also See Surah al-Naas 114.]
Added – 23/1/2011
6 – A Moan / Sigh for Destruction – “Haa”
يَا لَيْتَهَا كَانَتِ الْقَاضِيَةَ
yaa laytaHaa kaanati-‘l QaaDiyah
O I wish (“Haa” – heavy sigh) – had it been (my) Ending.. [Haaqqah 69:27]
7 – Destruction – Damdama! – Pounding:
فَدَمْدَمَ عَلَيْهِمْ رَبُّهُم بِذَنبِهِمْ فَسَوَّاهَا
fa damdama alayhim Rabbuhum bi dhanbihim fa sawwaahaa
So Pounded [damdama] upon them their Master (because of their sin), so He levelled them (to the ground). (Shams 91:14)
The word Damdama = to pound something on the ground so much so that it becomes flat and one with the ground. So the people of Thamud were flattened into the ground because of their opposition to Allah and their oppression of His believing slaves.
The utilisation of sounds in the Qur’an also play a rhetorical role.
Sounds in the Qur’an are employed to increase the effect of its message. The Arabic language has many words for a single meaning, but yet the Qur’an selects and arranges the words to portray the intended meaning in addition to create sounds to conform to the image, scene and message the book conveys. This is not only done by selecting the right words but also arranging them in a specific way to develop sounds and rhythms. Just by touching upon a few simple examples it can be seen why Pickthall was lead to believe that the Qur’an had an “inimitable symphony”.
A famous Orientalist Arberry comments on his personal experience with the rhythm of the Qur’an:
“Whenever I hear the Quran chanted, it is as though I am listening to Music, underneath the flowing melody there is sounding… insistent beat of a drum, it is like the beating of my heart.”
Arthur J. Arberry. 1964.The Koran Interpreted. Oxford University Press
Refer to the following Aayaat/verses for more Onomatopoeias’ in the Qur’an.
[al Waqi’ah 56:4], [Nazi’at 79:6-7], [Ta-Ha 20:120], [Zalzala 99:1].
There are more, and I will add them inshaa’ Allah if I am able to find them. Maybe you can find more?