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Quran Dictionary - م ك ث


The triliteral root mīm kāf thā (م ك ث) occurs seven times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • four times as the form I verb makatha (مَكَثَ)
  • once as the noun muk'th (مُكْث)
  • twice as the active participle mākithīn (مَّٰكِثِين)

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 I) - to stay, to remain

(13:17:36) fayamkuthuremains وَأَمَّا مَا يَنْفَعُ النَّاسَ فَيَمْكُثُ فِي الْأَرْضِ
(20:10:6) um'kuthūStay here فَقَالَ لِأَهْلِهِ امْكُثُوا إِنِّي آنَسْتُ نَارًا
(27:22:1) famakathaSo he stayed فَمَكَثَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ فَقَالَ أَحَطْتُ بِمَا لَمْ تُحِطْ بِهِ
(28:29:14) um'kuthūStay here قَالَ لِأَهْلِهِ امْكُثُوا إِنِّي آنَسْتُ نَارًا لَعَلِّي آتِيكُمْ مِنْهَا بِخَبَرٍ


(17:106:7) muk'thinintervals وَقُرْآنًا فَرَقْنَاهُ لِتَقْرَأَهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ عَلَىٰ مُكْثٍ

Active participle

(18:3:1) mākithīna(They will) abide مَاكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدًا
(43:77:8) mākithūna(will) remain وَنَادَوْا يَا مَالِكُ لِيَقْضِ عَلَيْنَا رَبُّكَ قَالَ إِنَّكُمْ مَاكِثُونَ

See Also

Language Research Group
University of Leeds