Dr. Alan Godlas on the Literal Meaning of "Nabi"

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Dr. Alan Godlas, commenting on Lisan al-‘Arab, said, “The literal meaning of the Arabic word, ‘nabi,’ ‘prophet’, although cognate with the Hebrew ‘nabi’ and ‘navi’, one etymology given by the grammarian, Shaykh al-Kasa’i is that originally, it meant ‘path’, ‘thariq’, with ‘anbiya’’ being ‘paths of guidance.’  Shaykh Abu Mu’adz an-Nahwi said, ‘I heard Arabs saying, ‘Guide me on the nabi’, meaning ‘on the path.’’”


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

In Saudi Arabia, Mawlid is Bid'ah, the King's Birthday is Fine

Singapore Bans Ismail Menk from Entry

Some Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in Art