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.


  1. 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.

    Issa Khan
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Wa salaam
      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.

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