Arabic Notes on al-Fatihah

February 1, 2019 Comments Off on Arabic Notes on al-Fatihah

This post is for those who love the Arabic Language.

In the beginning of Surah Al-Fatihah, after the Basmalah, we recite – Alhamdulillahi Rabbil Alamin, الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ .

Sometimes people will ask, “Why does the word Lord [Rabb] end in a Kasra causing it to be pronounced Rabbi ربِّ ?”

Let’s look at the first part of the Verse.

1) Al-Hamdu is the subject [Mubtada] of the nominal sentence and so the word Al-Hamd ends in a Damma making it Al-Hamdu الْحَمْدُ

2) The Li in Lillahi للَّهِ is a preposition showing possession and it shows that the praise belongs to Allah, meaning He is the Owner of every Praise.

3) Now, here comes the word Rabbi [Lord] before the word Al-Alamin, and it, meaning Rabbi has a Kasra on the last letter because it is the Badal – Replacement noun for the word before it in this Verse, thus it would follow suit and take on the same marking-Haraka, in this case being a Kasra.

The reason why Lord [Rabb] does not have an Alif Lam in front of it is because of it being in the Idafa form and Allah always knows best.

I hope this helps, In Sha Allah.


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