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Verse (2:249), Word 37 - Quranic Grammar


The 37th word of verse (2:249) is a negative particle that acts like the particle anna (أن). This particle belongs to a special group of words known as inna and her sisters (ان واخواتها).

Chapter (2) sūrat l-baqarah (The Cow)


NEG – negative particle نافية تعمل عمل «أن»

Verse (2:249)

The analysis above refers to the 249th verse of chapter 2 (sūrat l-baqarah):

Sahih International: And when Saul went forth with the soldiers, he said, "Indeed, Allah will be testing you with a river. So whoever drinks from it is not of me, and whoever does not taste it is indeed of me, excepting one who takes [from it] in the hollow of his hand." But they drank from it, except a [very] few of them. Then when he had crossed it along with those who believed with him, they said, "There is no power for us today against Goliath and his soldiers." But those who were certain that they would meet Allah said, "How many a small company has overcome a large company by permission of Allah. And Allah is with the patient."

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12th May, 2011

just wanted to mention that this laa (linafyil-jins or for negation of class/species) is not actually a sister of inna, the sisters of inna are; anna, ka'anna , laakinna, layta and la'alla.

its correct that it does govern like inna but it has its own space in the marfuw'aat and mansuwbaat and would be considered different.



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