Monday, 14 November 2011

Arabic Grammar/Eloquence Gem #3: Female Plural used for non-Female descriptions.

Gem #3: Female Plural used for non-Female objects = 'Handful'
(less than 10)

If Female characters are not being discussed - but Feminine plural is still being used to describe them, it implies:
Jam'u qillah/small plural = less than 10 objects. ('a handful of objects')

Allah says about those who believe and
('amiluw al-saalihAAT [ عَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ ]) do A Few good actions, for them is Jannah (Paradise.) [see Quran 5:9]

This shows the extreme Mercy of Allah. He doesn't expect too much from His slaves. He just wants us to be grateful to Him. He wants us to - atleast the minimum - complete the 5 pillars of Islam and to stay away from the haraam (forbidden things.) And then He will reward His believing slaves with Jannah (beautiful Gardens in Paradise.)

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