Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #24

Definition of the word "Ummah"

بـسـم الله والحـمـد لله والـصلاة والـسـلام عــلى رسـول الله، وبـعـد

[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, pg. 2/352]

Shaikh al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said: 

The word أمة (Ummah) has been mentioned in the Qur’aan with four different meanings:

- Ummah with the meaning “a group”:

{Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good} [Surah aal-`Imraan (3): 104]

- Ummah with the meaning “religion”:

{Indeed, this, you religion is one religion…} [Surah al-Anbiyaa’ (21):92 & Al-Mu’minoon (23):52]

- Ummah with the meaning “years” (long time):

{Then the man who was released (one of the two who were in prison), now at length remembered} [Surah Yusuf (12): 45]

- Ummah with the meaning of “role-model”:

{Ibraaheem (عليه السلام) was indeed a model devoutly obedient to Allaah} [Surah al-Nahl (16):120]

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