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Secret in The Sky | Amazed by The Quran | illustrated | Subtitled

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Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

welcome to “Amazed by the Quran” series in which I try to share with you what I find amazing about the Quran

I’m continuing the subject of plurals

and today, I’ll start off with something pretty basic – won’t go too technical

2 words I’ll compare with you in Arabic are: [as-samaa]

[samaa] means “the sky”

and [as-samawaat] means “the skies”

So [samaa] means sky and [samawaat] means skies

obviously when you hear that, and I’ve asked you which one do you think is more,

you would say [samawaat] = “skies” is more

but technically that’s not true

the word [samaa] in Arabic is an infinitive

what that means is “whatever lies above”

“whatever lies above”

now, when you say “whatever lies above”

I mean – let’s not use the word “sky” anymore, let’s use “whatever lies above”

then you haven’t placed a limit

you’ve actually referred to something unlimited

but when you say [as-samawaat] = “the skies”

then you’ve made reference to what the Quran calls the “seven skies”

and by using the number you’ve clearly placed a limit

technically [samaa] the singular is unlimited

and [samawaat] is actually limited – the plural is limited

so go back to the beginning again

the Quran’s language suggests

that sky – “sky” singular is unlimited

and “skies” is actually limited

it’s counterintuitive when you think about it in English

but it’s the opposite in Arabic, OK?

now

Allah says in one place:

[Qala rabbee ya’lamu alqawla fee al-ssamai]
(Quran 21:04)

He said “my Master knows the word in the sky”

“my Master knows the word in the sky”

Now listen

another Surah – Al Furqan

[qul anzalahu al-lathee ya’lamu al-ssirra fee al-ssamawat]
(Quran 25:06)

“Tell them, it was sent down by the One who knows the secret in the skies”

plural

now two expressions:

‘the word in the sky’

‘the secret in the skies’

Okay, why is one of them “sky” and the other one “skies”?

the word قَوْلَ [qawl] = [word]

see, words can be said in secret and words can be said in public

but secrets are only one kind of word

the kind of word that is held in private

yes?

so the word [word] or قَوْلَ [qawl] is actually far broader than the word [secret]

so if you combine all the words in existence

all of what is uttered in existence

that’ll be a much bigger pile

than if you only combine all of the secrets in existence

When Allah says, He knows the word

He says, He knows the word in the sky

because the sky is broader

we established that

When He says, He knows – the One who sent it down is the One who knows the secret

He mentioned skies

Because [secrets] are a subset of the [word]

just like [skies] are a subset of [whatever lies above]

so words are consistent with each other

the broad word in the beginning “word” consistent with the word “whatever lives above”

the limited word “secret” more appropriate with the limited term “skies”

this is what I mean by laser precision

These ayaat (verses) are not next to each other

one belongs to Surah Al-Anbiyaa, the other belongs to Surah Al-Furqan

they’re not even in close proximity to each other

and yet the way in which the Quran, in an oral tradition

bears in mind these comparisons that we now do textually

we look at these ayaat, we put them next to each other

the Prophet ﷺ himself did not put them next to each other

he did not put them next to each other

this kind of textual analysis, and this kind of microscopic – you know – linguistic comparison

is not possible unless you go through those references and these references,

do an analysis of this word and that word

and then say “wait, there’s a consistency here, and there’s a consistency there”

Subhan’Allah!

how He just says it

He just says it

I want to remind you of something I said in the beginning of this series

and I’ll keep saying over and over

is that the Quran is something that has come to us as an oral mission primarily

and is not subject to an editorial process

once the Prophet ﷺ said something

once he recited an Ayah

it got memorized

and he got – it started getting spread

so you can’t even take it back if you want to

you can’t

imagine a word being spread this way

that cannot even be taken back and yet

centuries later – a millennium and a half later

we’re looking at the microscopic precision in every single word

this is the Word of Allah

may Allah Azzawajal help us internalize that truth
barakallahu li walakumassalaam o alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

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