Arabic Word A Day

May 31, 2007

(عند) ‘inda – Arabic Word A Day

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(عند) ‘inda

Meanings

  1. near
  2. at

Examples

  1. Ayna firsha_tu asna_ni? hiya ‘inda ‘l-hanafiyyah.
    (أين فرشاة أسناني؟ هي عند الحنفية.);
    Where is my toothbrush? It is near the faucet.
  2. kamula Nisa_bu ‘l-Zakati ‘indi
    (كمل نصاب الزكاة عندي);
    I’ve reached the limit for zakat liability.

Etymology/Notes

n/a

May 30, 2007

(بين) bayna – Arabic Word A Day

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(بين) bayna

Meanings

  1. between
  2. among

Examples

  1. hal qara’ta ‘l-kita_ba? Na’am, ma_ bayna daffatayhi
    ( هل قرأت الكتاب ؟ نعم ، قرأت ما بين دفتيه);
    Did you read the book? Yes, from cover to cover.
  2. huwa basi_run bayna ‘l-‘umya_n
    (هو بصير بين العميان);
    He’s like a seeing man amongst the blind.

Etymology/Notes

When this word is repeated i.e. (بين بين) it gives the equivalent of the English phrase “so so”.

May 29, 2007

(ضدّ) Did – Arabic Word A Day

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(ضدّ) Did, noun

Meanings

  1. against
  2. opposing, opposite

Examples

  1. kalla_ sayakfuru_na bi ‘iba_datihim wa yaku_nu_na ‘alayhim Didan
    (كَلَّا سَيَكْفُرُونَ بِعِبَادَتِهِمْ وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً);
    “Nay, they will reject their worship and will be against them.” – Quran 19:82
  2. al-aswadu Didu ‘l-abyaD
    (الأسود ضد الأبيض);
    Black is the opposite of white.

Etymology/Notes

An antonym in the Arabic language are known as (مضادّ).

May 28, 2007

(قلق) – qalaq, qaliq – Arabic Word A Day

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(قلق) – qalaq, qaliq noun

Meanings

  1. anxiety
  2. to be anxious, worried

 

Examples

  1. uSi_ba ‘l-Tiflu bi ‘l-ru’bi wa ‘l-qalaq.
    (أصيب الطفل بالرعب والقلق);
    The child was striken with fear and anxiety.
  2. Ana qaliqun jiddan ba’da ‘l-Ha_dith.
    (أنا قلق جدا بعد الحادث)
    I am quite worried after the accident.

 

Etymology/notes

Notice that this post contains two words; both are spelled the same. The only difference between them is that one possessed a (فتحة) on the letter (لام), and the other a (كسرة). The former is used to describe a feeling, while the latter a person sensing that feeling.

 

May 26, 2007

(وجبة) –wajbah – Arabic Word A Day

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(وجبة) – wajbah, noun

Meanings

  1. meal

 

Examples

  1. ta’a_la ila_ wajbati ‘l-ghada_’i
    (تعال إلى وجبة الغداء);
    Come eat lunch.
  2. akhiSa_’i ‘l-taghdhiyati yanSaHu bi thalathi wajba_t khafifah.
    (اخصائي التغذية ينصح بثلاث وجبات خفيفة)
    The nutrional specialist recommends three light meals.

 

Etymology/notes

n/a

May 25, 2007

(استمع) – istama’a – Arabic Word A Day

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(استمع) – istama’a, verb present (يستمع) yastami’u

 

Meanings

  1. to listen to (something)

 

Examples

  1. qul u_Hiya ilayya annahu ‘stama’ nafarun min ‘l-jinni fa qa_lu_ inna_ sami’na_ qur’a_nan ‘ajaban
    (قُلْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيَّ أَنَّهُ اسْتَمَعَ نَفَرٌ مِّنَ الْجِنِّ فَقَالُوا إِنَّا سَمِعْنَا قُرْآناً عَجَباً);
    “Say: It was revealed to me that a group of Jinn listened and said ‘We have heard an amazing recitation” – Quran 72:1
  2. wa idha_ quri’a ‘l-qur’a_nu fastami’u_ lahu wa anSitu_ l’allakum turHamun.
    (وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُواْ لَهُ وَأَنصِتُواْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ)
    “…and when the Quran is recited then listen to it and stay quiet so perhaps you will gain mercy.” – Quran 7:204
  3. wa ana akhtartuka fa ‘stami’ lima_ yu_Ha_
    (وَأَنَا اخْتَرْتُكَ فَاسْتَمِعْ لِمَا يُوحَى);
    “I have chosen you, thus listen to what is revealed.” Quran 20:13

 

Etymology/notes

From the root (س م ع) meaning to hear. Examples 2 & 3 use the command form of the verb, ordering someone “to listen”.

 

May 23, 2007

(خد) – khadd – Arabic Word A Day

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(خد) – khadd, noun

Meanings

  1. cheek

Examples

  1. gharazat khaddaha_ fi_ ‘l-wisa_dati wa na_mat
    (غرزت خدها في الوسادة ونامت);
    She buried her cheek in the pillow and slept.

Etymology/notes

n/a

May 22, 2007

(مقرمش) – muqarmash – Arabic Word A Day

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(مقرمش) – muqarmash, noun

Meanings

  1. crunchy

 

Examples

  1. raqa_’iqu ‘l-dhurati muqarmashatun wa ladhi_dhah
    (رقائق الذرة مقرمشة ولذيذة);
    Corn flakes that are is crunchy and delicious…

 

Etymology/notes

n/a

May 21, 2007

(أصلع) – aSla’ – Arabic Word A Day

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(أصلع) – aSla’, noun

 

Meanings

  1. Bald

 

Examples

  1. ka_na rajulan Asla’a ‘l-ra’s
    (كان رجلا أصلع الرأس);
    He was a bald headed man.

 

Etymology/notes

n/a

May 20, 2007

(دخل) – dakhl – Arabic Word A Day

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(دخل) – dakhl, noun  

Meanings

  1. income

Examples

  1. kam dakhluka?
    (كم دخلك);
    How much is your income?

Etymology/notes

The word dakhl comes from the three letter root (د خ ل) which mean “to go in”.

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