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Quran Dictionary - ن ق ب


The triliteral root nūn qāf bā (ن ق ب) occurs three times in the Quran, in three derived forms:

  • once as the form II verb naqqabu (نَقَّبُ)
  • once as the noun naqb (نَقْب)
  • once as the noun naqīb (نَقِيب)

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 explore

(50:36:10) fanaqqabūso they explored فَنَقَّبُوا فِي الْبِلَادِ هَلْ مِنْ مَحِيصٍ


(18:97:8) naqban(to do) any penetration فَمَا اسْطَاعُوا أَنْ يَظْهَرُوهُ وَمَا اسْتَطَاعُوا لَهُ نَقْبًا


(5:12:11) naqībanleaders وَلَقَدْ أَخَذَ اللَّهُ مِيثَاقَ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَبَعَثْنَا مِنْهُمُ اثْنَيْ عَشَرَ نَقِيبًا

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