This article explains the purpose of word analysis related to studying and understanding the meaning of the Quran
The Goal of Word Analysis
- To Analyse the words grammatically - verbs, nouns, singular, plurals, past tense etc.
- Look at the words linguistically
- What does the dictionary say about a word?
- What is the root of a word?
- What are the related words?
- What meaning do we get?
- What are other meanings of a word? e.g. Deen = religion, action, recompense, judgement
- To study the words contextually - what does a word mean in the context, sentence, circumstance, environment.
The word. ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ A'rahman, Mercy
Grammatically, the root words are
ر ح م - r h m
ٱل Al = the
Rahman = Mercy. Is the word a noun, a verb, is it singular or plural etc.
Linguistically - what the dictionary says about the word – the root stems from the mother's womb, from that we get other words such as love, tenderness, pity, forgiveness, vulnerability one of the words that branch out is mercy - Rahman
Contextually - how the word relates to the rest of the sentence. Allah is merciful to all. We get feelings of encouragement when we say Most Merciful, Especially Mercifully, because of Allah's mercy and compassion.
This is the pattern to follow when doing word analysis.
So the actual word we are studying remains the same it does not change we are just looking at the deeper meaning, what the original root word is so you get a deeper understanding.
I like this way of exploring the original meaning of the words, which is extremely helpful in understanding the actual message of the revelation.
Thank you very much for this site and work.
Alhamdulilah, thank you for your feedback, I’m so glad to hear that it was helpful.
Some words have multiple meaning therefore breaking them down makes understanding them so much easier. You can apply this concept with any form of study! Thank you!
Masha Allah keep up the good work
All of this is so important to know and learn. May Allah reward you for all your effort!
JazakAllah Khair for sharing. I didn’t realise such a deep analysis was needed. But obviously it is so important when trying to understand the Quran
Masha Allah, never knew there was so much detail in a word, sounds interesting.
What a great topic. Truly why people can spend a lifetime studying the Quran.
This is a good way to help us understand the roots of Arabic, I’ve tried & tried but in vain I am still struggling to read Arabic thanks for this, I will keep on trying Insha’Allah
Alhamdulillah! This is very concise and clearly explained. Jazakillah khair for sharing. Etymology certainly is a very important aspect for understanding the Qur’an!
You have very valid points. Sometimes when reading any religious text it can be difficult to understand the meanings. So break the words down the way you described will help eliminate that problem.
As salaam allakum
i randomly came across this site and m glad i did… sister, i was wondering if u could forward me your notes for surah Baqarah since i have an exam coming up, its really amazing for revision.
JazakAllah Khairun SIster Jamila.
As salaam allakum
Sister Momina has not replied. I suggest you follow her on Slideshare, when she uploads another slide, you will automatically be informed. here is the link http://www.slideshare.net/momina166
i really love these slides,they are so helpful.I wish I had it for the juz4 and 5.is there a way Jamila I can get them.
I have sent an email to sister Momina who created these slides on your behalf and will post her response once she replies. I shall be uploading the notes soon that go with these slides which inshallah will also be of benefit. I have also completed flash cards for juzz 2 which I shall be uploading this week.
Salam Jamila Jones
I want to help our muslims brothers and sisters .
Its regarding Quran root words with their meaning. It will help alot doing AlHuda Course which I am doing do.
Have a look at sample
If you like it I can do this for the whole Quran.
Assalamualikum I got only one page of the pdf file!
Wa Alaikum Salaam sister Suha
There is only one page for these notes The Goal of Word Analysis, It explains the purpose of word analysis for your studies