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Surat al-Rahman: PS 3 the word مرج and the Aramaic ܡܪܓܐ or Meadow

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 20, 2022 at 09:25

Dr. Pipes,

This is an addendum about the meaning of the Arabic word مرج in Surat al-Rahman

The Aramaic word ܡܪܓܐ or Marge (most likely from Parthian) and it means: Meadow.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%DC%A1%DC%AA%DC%93%DC%90

And this is indeed the primary meaning of the word مرج according to Ibn Manzur's Lisan al-Arab

Still, we have this strange verse: مرج البحرين يلتقيان or: Meadow of the two seas they meet

What does this mean? Only Allahu A'lam

Very strange indeed and notice the absent Subject (مبتدأ ) which is corrected in the second tradition (Q25:53) by adding وهو الذي or: "And He Who", which is the absent Subject in the tradition in Surat al-Rahman.

Dear readers: The basic grammar of an Arabic sentence is: مبتدأ والخبر or Subject and the Predicate as in Allahu Wahid or Allah is One and the word Allah is the subject and the word Wahid is the predicate.

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