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Verse (14:36), Word 2 - Quranic Grammar


The second word of verse (14:36) is divided into 2 morphological segments. An accusative particle and object pronoun. The accusative particle belongs to a special group of words known as inna and her sisters (ان واخواتها). The attached object pronoun is third person feminine plural.

Chapter (14) sūrat ib'rāhīm (Abraham)

Indeed, they
ACC – accusative particle
PRON – 3rd person feminine plural object pronoun
حرف نصب و«هن» ضمير متصل في محل نصب اسم «ان»

Verse (14:36)

The analysis above refers to the 36th verse of chapter 14 (sūrat ib'rāhīm):

Sahih International: My Lord, indeed they have led astray many among the people. So whoever follows me - then he is of me; and whoever disobeys me - indeed, You are [yet] Forgiving and Merciful.

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Adeel M

20th October, 2013

Question: why does Allah swt use إنهن and not إنها? From the rule about non-human plurals, they should be addressed in the feminine singular form. Here we're talking about الأصنام (the idols). Is this an exception to the rule?

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