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5 years ago  ::  Feb 03, 2009 - 9:35PM #1
Pink52
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Assalmu Alaikum ! In the Sura "The Cow"....the word "we" is used over and over again.....it seems a bit confusing to me. Could someone please explain this? Thankyou !!! :)
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 03, 2009 - 11:42PM #2
Ceren
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Pink52 wrote:

Assalmu Alaikum ! In the Sura "The Cow"....the word "we" is used over and over again.....it seems a bit confusing to me. Could someone please explain this? Thankyou !!! :)


The word "we" used here in the arabic ("nahnu") is called "the plural of majesty", used to indicate importance, majesty status, etc.

I learned also that this is the way the "king" or "queen" referred to themselves in royal edicts, which I think it's interesting.

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5 years ago  ::  Feb 03, 2009 - 11:48PM #3
Wmdkitty
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Ceren wrote:

The word "we" used here in the arabic ("nahnu") is called "the plural of majesty", used to indicate importance, majesty status, etc.

I learned also that this is the way the "king" or "queen" referred to themselves in royal edicts, which I think it's interesting.


As in, "We are not amused"?

"The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post "Thou shalt not steal", Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment." -- George Carlin
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 05, 2009 - 8:42PM #4
Muhammad_Ahmad
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A dictionary definition of ‘We" found The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language states: "Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself."
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5 years ago  ::  Feb 05, 2009 - 8:42PM #5
Muhammad_Ahmad
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A dictionary definition of ‘We" found The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language states: "Used instead of I by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself."
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5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2009 - 3:29PM #6
Globalnomad
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Assalam aleikum Brs/ Srs, may this message find you in the best of health and iman. Having nationality of country that has a royal family I indeed learned that 'we' (e.g. at start of laws) is 'pluralis majestatis' (royal plural). Not sure if 'God's we' should be same as 'royal we', but perhaps at least it answers Brother's question a bit? In peace, globalnomad

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