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Quran Dictionary - ر د ف


The triliteral root rā dāl fā (ر د ف) occurs three times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • once as the form I verb radifa (رَدِفَ)
  • once as the active participle rādifat (رَّادِفَة)
  • once as the form IV active participle mur'difīn (مُرْدِفِين)

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 be close behind

(27:72:5) radifaclose behind قُلْ عَسَىٰ أَنْ يَكُونَ رَدِفَ لَكُمْ بَعْضُ الَّذِي تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ

Active participle

(79:7:2) l-rādifatuthe subsequent تَتْبَعُهَا الرَّادِفَةُ

Active participle (form IV)

(8:9:11) mur'difīnaone after another فَاسْتَجَابَ لَكُمْ أَنِّي مُمِدُّكُمْ بِأَلْفٍ مِنَ الْمَلَائِكَةِ مُرْدِفِينَ

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