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Verse (2:2), Word 3 - Quranic Grammar


The third word of verse (2:2) 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 (2:2)

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

Sahih International: This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah -

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14th September, 2013

La could be Nafiya Li-Al-Jins (Categorical Negation) i.e. no chance of any exception.

Noun for La: Raib is in state of Nasb with ending Fat-ha namely Raib-a.

Khabar for La: Could be considered as omitted. Therefore the verse reads:

That Book, beyond any doubt, within it guidance for righteous.

It is also possible that La acts upon the semi-sentence Fi-Hi Huda-n, this Fi-Hi is Khabar (Information about Beginning) that appears prior to the rest and Huda-n delayed Mubtada' (Beginning).

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