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May 11, 2007

(استطاع) istaTa_’a – Arabic Word A Day

Filed under: Arabic,QFW,verbs — arabicwordadayposts @ 8:07 pm

(استطاع) istaTa_’a, verb. present tense (يستطيع) yastaTi_’u

Meanings

  1. to have the capability to
  2. to be able to

Examples

  1. fa ma_ istaTa_’u_ an yaZharu_hu wa ma_ istaTa_’u_ lahu naqaba…
    (فَمَا اسْطَاعُوا أَن يَظْهَرُوهُ وَمَا اسْتَطَاعُوا لَهُ نَقْباً)
    They were not capable of going over it nor were they capable of digging through it. Quran 18:97
  2. wa lilla_hi ‘ala_ ‘l-na_si Hijju ‘l-bayti man istaTa_’a ilayhi sabi_lan.
    (وَلِلّهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلاً);
    And for God’s sake it is obligatory for the people to make the pilgrimage to the house, if they have the ability to… Quran 3:59

Etymology/Notes

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