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Quran Dictionary - ر ك ن


The triliteral root rā kāf nūn (ر ك ن) occurs four times in the Quran, in two derived forms:

  • twice as the form I verb tarkanu (تَرْكَنُ)
  • twice as the noun ruk'n (رُكْن)

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 incline

(11:113:2) tarkanūincline وَلَا تَرْكَنُوا إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ
(17:74:6) tarkanu(would) have inclined وَلَوْلَا أَنْ ثَبَّتْنَاكَ لَقَدْ كِدْتَ تَرْكَنُ إِلَيْهِمْ شَيْئًا قَلِيلًا


(11:80:10) ruk'nina support قَالَ لَوْ أَنَّ لِي بِكُمْ قُوَّةً أَوْ آوِي إِلَىٰ رُكْنٍ شَدِيدٍ
(51:39:2) biruk'nihiwith his supporters فَتَوَلَّىٰ بِرُكْنِهِ وَقَالَ سَاحِرٌ أَوْ مَجْنُونٌ

See Also

Language Research Group
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