Foreign words in the Quran?!


Islamic Studies is a very developed field in the West. Many universities have an Islamic studies faculty and they produce a fresh studies every year. I salue them for their work but one thing I cannot understand – why they take Traditionalist assumptions without question. It is something I hope to question in the future.

One of those assumptions is the fact that there are foreign words in the Quran. What does this ‘foreign words’ acceptance entail? Well you’ll have to start looking into ‘foreign lexicons’ which obviously invites ‘foreign philosophies’. .

I find it ironic that Muslims, even Quranists, accept this assumption. This is even when they believe the Quran says:

And We certainly know that they say, “It is only a human being who teaches him.” The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and this a clear Arabic language (16/103)

I personally don’t believe ‘arabiyoon’ to be ‘Arabic’ because it doesn’t fit the description given by the Quran. ‘Arabiy’ is rather to be ‘faultless’ (ghair iwaj according to the Quran) i.e  to be totally smooth and systematic. The Quran tells us:

Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might think (12/2)

The function of the ‘arabiyoon’ aspect is for thinking  (ta’aqul). How do you think about something if it’s not systematic? If things stick out? No, no, Arabiyoon means to be smooth. Even the word ‘uruba’ in the Quran refers to smooth couches.

And if We had made it a faulty Quran, they would have said, “Why are its verses not explained in detail … (41/44)

So it is the language of the Quran, its systematic quality which enables us to discern meanings of words. We don’t need any foreign vocabulary at all.

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5 Responses to Foreign words in the Quran?!

  1. Nadeem says:

    A’3jami means non-arabic language… and the quran is in arabic.. The guy they pointed to in verse 16:103 did not speak arabic.. When it comes to ‘foreign words’.. it does not mean words that were not understood by arabs at these times.. this is false assumption… but rather, it is talking about arabicised words.. words which ARABS have adopted taken from other languages… it is also called load words. Does not mean the Quran was the first to use these words.. they were already in use by the arabs at these times.

    • But Foreign Words cannot be fit in systematic or consistent Arabic rules, meaning they are no longer good for us to work with unless we study back the historical circumstances in which these words were born and passed on as Arabic. This would mean we’re studying history as we have studied hadith before.

  2. Nadeem says:

    Holy books besides the Quran have been tampered by clergymen. If we compare the Old and New Testaments, the originality of the Quran will become evident. The Quran might report similar historical events, yet it never reports contradictions or silly stories like the ones inserted into the Bible. For instance, compare Quran’s 2:93 with the Bible’s Exodus 32:20; or compare Quran’s 11:40-44 to the Bible’s Genesis, Chapters 6-8 and 1Peter 3:18-20; 2Peter 2:5; 2Pe 3:6. Dr. Maurice Bucaille’s book, “The Bible, The Quran and Science” contains numerous comparisons between the Quran and the Bible.

  3. There is no evidence at all that any of these ‘holy books’ are holy books as per the Quran. Therefore your comparison is baseless.

  4. Asfora says:

    “Even the word ‘uruba’ in the Quran refers to smooth couches.”
    in 56:36-37? I thought couches were l-arāiki (like in 18:31)
    I see also Abkaran and atraban there

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