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Archive for August, 2011

Fisal’s Dictionary: صَدَقَ Posted by on Aug 24, 2011

       Today, we are going to go on a journey to the depths of the Arabic Dictionary to discover some of its secrets. We will look up the root verb صدق   and explore some of its derivatives. * صَدَقَ    [V.I. T.] = to tell the truth.                                     e.g. – Ali told the truth. صَدَقَ علىٌ (في…

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Zakat Al-Fitr زكاة الفطر Posted by on Aug 22, 2011

     Zakat Al-Fitr زكاة الفطر or Sadaqat Al-fitr صدقة الفطر is a charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The word Fitr فطر means the same as Iftaar إفطار (= breaking a fast) and Futoor فطور (= breakfast). The root verb for all these…

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Zakah الزكاة (Almsgiving) Posted by on Aug 20, 2011

       Zakah or Zakat الزكاة  is the third pillar of Islam, so it is a religious duty (Fard فرض )  that often follows Salah الصلاة in Qura’an. Zakat is the financial obligation upon Muslims. The word itself means “that which purifies” or “alms“. It means both “purification تطهير and growth نُموّ “. Our wealth and…

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Egyptian Proverbs (2) أمثال مصرية Posted by on Aug 19, 2011

         Arabic proverbs reflect the beauty of the Arabic Language and the wisdom of the Arabs and the richness of their culture. In Egypt, these proverbs are part of everyone’s daily routine. There is no one single situation that would not have the perfect proverb tailored for it. Just for the sake of fun, I…

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Mabni Words الكلمات المبنية Posted by on Aug 13, 2011

         In my previous post, we were introduced to the two grammatical terms of Mo’rab and Mabni. We learnt that a Mo’rab word is that which changes the harakah at its end and the Mabni word is that which is always the same with no change of harakah at its end. Most nouns and present…

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Al-I’rab & Al-Binaa الإعراب و البناء Posted by on Aug 12, 2011

  We already know that Arabic words are either a noun اسم , a verb فعل  or a harf (particle) حرف . Today we say that all Arabic words الكلمات are either Mo’rab(ah) مُعربة or Mabni(yah) مبنية but what do these terms mean? A Mo’rab word is that word which changes the shape of its ending…

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Ramadan and Fasting رمضان و الصوم Posted by on Aug 8, 2011

         Today is the eighth day of the holy month of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. For all Muslims all over the world, Ramadan is the special month when they fast. Fasting الصوم /As’sawm/ is the fourth of the five pillar of Islam. It is a duty for all…

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