Some study-notes and thoughts


Mukhtasar al-Ma’ani

اما بعد

The original form of اما بعد is as below: مهما يكن من شيء بعد الحمد و الصلاة In rough translation: "Whatever may be, after praise and prayers..." مهما is mubtada so it must be an ism. يكن is a condition/shart,... Continue Reading →


آل and أهل 

و على آله "...and on his family" Imam Taftazani says that the original form of آل is أهل because the diminutive form (تصغير) of both is أهيل, which shows the base letters as أ-ه-ل. As both ه and ء originate... Continue Reading →

فصل الخطاب

When sending prayers upon Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Imam Qazwini praises him (saw) as below: و أفضل من أوتي الحكمة و فصل الخطاب  "...the most virtuous of those who were given wisdom and the clear (or clarifying/distinguishing) address"... Continue Reading →

‘Hamd & Shukr

'Hamd is praise with the purpose of veneration regardless of whether it is associated with a blessing or not. Shukr is an action which alludes to venerating the one who bestows a blessing due to his bestowing a blessing regardless... Continue Reading →

خطبة الكتاب (continued)

Īham - intending the distant meaning of a word: و ذهب رواؤه فعاد خلافا بلا ثمر "And its lustre has disappeared so it has become a dispute/argument (خلاف) without any fruit." خلاف also means a tree without fruit. So here... Continue Reading →

ختبة الكتاب

The proof of the divine origin of the Qur'an is embedded within the Qur'an itself. Majority of the scholars hold that it is the special use of the Arabic language that makes the Qur'an miraculous. And an understanding of the... Continue Reading →

Mukhtasar al Ma’ani – Summary Notes – Introduction

Mukhtasar al Ma'ani is quite a difficult text to read. Mufti Yusuf describes it as "the book that makes the teachers in the madrasa shiver". Yet, with the help of Allah, Mufti Yusuf's Arabic program lays down such a solid... Continue Reading →

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