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EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE & THE QURAN

EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE & THE


QURAN:
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely
considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets
Corner of Westminister Abbey.

One of the best example is that during the time of Chaucer the meaning of the word NICE was stupid but
strangely in todays time the meaning of the word NICE is pleasant or good.

This type of evolution occurring in the meaning of words happens in every language so to blame these
changes to conspiracy is ignorance. English is a living language. It survives only because it adapted to
the changes cause due to merger of different culture. The languages which fail to undergo evolution dies
or become a liturgical language as it fail to adapt to the geographical conditions or demand of the time.
The old English survived only because it wore the dress of Modern English but the fact is that the English
we know today is totally different from the old English.

The same is true with Arabic language. The old Arabic language survived because of Modern Arabic. The
old Arabic embraced the words from Armenian, Syrian and Persian neighbors. The Old Arabic has
become a liturgical language used only in performing rituals. Apart from it has no use in todays
colloquial.

The best way to understand Quranic Arabic is to understand the context by working on important and
often repeated vocabularies. Although it is a tough job but possible.

I understood the Quran by understanding its important or main vocabularies, then studying the root words
and its derivatives... then out of that I understood the concept or the theme or the core message of the
entire Quran... then attempted a contextual translation / interpretation according to those meanings which
I have understood.

As per my knowledge there are 3 types of interpretations of Quran presently prevalent in the market. 1)
Based on shahan-e-nuzool 2) Based on history, geography and scientific discoveries 3) Based on forming
just and fair society or classless society.

The most prominent among the educated class is the interpretation based on forming classless society
commonly known as Nizam-e-Rabbubiat; a term propagated by Allama Ghulam Ahmed Parvez school of
thought.

I just wanted to discuss how people arrived at the conclusion that Quran talks about forming a classless
society.

Is it fair to interpret Quran on preconceived notion of forming a classless society and then dictating the
overall interpretation of the Quran based on that concept? The only difference in this type of interpretation
is shahan-e-nuzool concept is replaced by preconceived notion of forming classless society given by
Allama Ghulam Ahmed Parvez school of thoughts.

Then accordingly meaning of each and every word is selected keeping in mind the preconceived idea or
data of forming a classless society. Are we doing justice with the message of the Quran by adjusting the
meanings of words to fit it in the said concept? By doing such manipulations we are not letting the noble
Quran to speak to us. We are not letting the Rehman in us to express rather we are choking its voice.
Why would Quran talk about common moral science lesson on human values or a civics lesson on
forming a classless society? What guidance and benefit would the entire mankind will get by decoding
this book based on this concept of just and fair society? Humans cannot establish systems on other
humans and call it just and fair. Is this Quran is only for those elites who are interested in forming utopian
concept of forming "paradise on earth" ? Are we not dreaming to form a "Quranic model government on
earth"?

Isnt this type of interpretation further divide people and would be a fertile ground for dispute and fight as
every one of us carry our own ideas about forming a just and fair society? Why would anyone opt for
Quranic model? Or this Quran is only for elites who want to establish the power on earth on the basis
distorted interpretation of their sacred book and thus maligning the message of the honorable messenger
of Peace.

Isnt it that people living in Amazon, Indonesians, Australian, Africans and Indian jungles have such
societies? We have a living model in their life style; do they need a Quran or a Bible to guide them to
attain peace and justice? They already have their own laws which they follow. Isn't it foolish that we
ourself have not understood the address and wants to show the destination to others.

The most important criteria to understand or interpret any foreign language is to clean any preconceived
ideas. When we purify ourselves the Rehman [self nourisher] in us guide us to understand and explain
the unexpected or abstract knowledge. We dont have to go to any grammarian or any school to learn the
Quran. The Quran will be revealed on you if we wipe out all preconceived notions and yearn for sincere
teacher. Many people believe this is a joke. Believe me it is real but the wiping of all other ideologies from
the mind is the most difficult thing.

Surah Al- Rehman

(1) Al-Rehman

(2) Taught the Qur'an,

(3) Created man,

(4) [And] taught him eloquence.

If we understand these above verses in right perspective, I am sure we will able to understand what
Quran is. I am a firm believer of the above verses.

Here we have not been told by the Quran to learn the Quran from any teacher or in any madrasa. But it is
clearly emphasized that Rehman [self Nourisher] will be your teacherAnd the condition to understand
Quran is that we have to purify ourselves from preconceived notions [56:77-79] and work sincerely
towards its understanding.

For me some of the main / important or often repeated vocabularies and its derivatives are:

1) Allah 2851 times


2) Rabb 981 times

3) Rehman 339 times

4) Rasul 513 times

5) Nabi 160 times

6) Malaikah 206 times

7) Khalafa 127 times

8) Shaitaan 88 times

9) Islam / Salam / Muslim 157 times

10) Deen 101 times

11) Kafir 525 times

12) Mushrik / shirk 168 times

13) Azaab 373 times

14) Firaun 74 times

15) Musa 124 times

16) Israel 40 times

17) Jannat / Jinn / Junoon / Majnoon 201 times

18) Nahar 113 times

19) Jahanum 77 times

20) Lail 92 times

21) Kitab / Kataba 319 times

22) Quran 88 times

23) Arabi 22 times

24) Nafs 298 times

25) Ilm -854 times

26) Hakim / Hikmat 210 times

27) Aqal 49 times

28) Samavat & fil Ardh 770 times

29) Nisa 59 times


30) Bashar 125 times

31) Naas 241 times

32) Rajul 73 times

33) Mutaqi 258 times

34) Aman / Momin 890 times

35) Nazil 293 times

36) Aakhira - 250 times

37) Hidaya 316 times

38) Haq 287 times

39) Batil 36 times

40) Qalb 168 times

41) Samaa 185 times

42) Basir - 148 times

43) Misaal 169 times

44) Naar / Nur 194 times

45) Rajaun 104 times

46) Maut 166 times

47) Hayat 181 times

48) Khalaq 261 times

49) Qayam, Qaum. Aqimo 664 times

50) Zikr 294 times

51) Salat 99 times

52) Sajda 92 times

53) Zakat 59 times

54) Zulm 315 times

55) Hajj 33 times

56) Saum 14 times

57) Kalima 76 times


58) Um / ummi / Imam / Ummat 110 times

59) Bani 184 times

60) Bayat 73 times

61) Tilawat 63 times

62) Qatal 170 times

63) Jihad 41 times

64) Isa 16 times

65) Marium 34 times

66) Qul / Qaul 1727 times

67) Wahi 78 times

Once I understood and fix some of the important vocabularies, I dont change or compromise its meaning
or its essence. This determination not to change its core meaning helps me in deducing the context and
then I fill up the gaps according to the demand of the context with grammar rules.