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Quran Dictionary - م ه ل


The triliteral root mīm hā lām (م ه ل) occurs six times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • twice as the form II verb mahhili (مَهِّلِ)
  • once as the form IV verb amhil (أَمْهِلْ)
  • three times as the noun muh'l (مُهْل)

The translations below are brief glosses intended as a guide to meaning. An Arabic word may have a range of meanings depending on context. Click on a word for more linguistic information, or to suggestion a correction.

Verb (form II) - to give respite

(73:11:5) wamahhil'humand allow them respite وَذَرْنِي وَالْمُكَذِّبِينَ أُولِي النَّعْمَةِ وَمَهِّلْهُمْ قَلِيلًا
(86:17:1) famahhiliSo give respite فَمَهِّلِ الْكَافِرِينَ أَمْهِلْهُمْ رُوَيْدًا

Verb (form IV) - to give respite

(86:17:3) amhil'humGive respite to them فَمَهِّلِ الْكَافِرِينَ أَمْهِلْهُمْ رُوَيْدًا


(18:29:22) kal-muh'lilike molten brass وَإِنْ يَسْتَغِيثُوا يُغَاثُوا بِمَاءٍ كَالْمُهْلِ يَشْوِي الْوُجُوهَ
(44:45:1) kal-muh'liLike the murky oil كَالْمُهْلِ يَغْلِي فِي الْبُطُونِ
(70:8:4) kal-muh'lilike molten copper يَوْمَ تَكُونُ السَّمَاءُ كَالْمُهْلِ

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