Darkness and Light

الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد

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Allaah سبحانه و تعالى Says in the Qur’an:

يُخْرِجُهُم مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إلَى النُّورِ

“…To remove them from the darkness into the light.”

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The word “the light” النُّورِ (an-Noor) is singular while the word “darkness” الظُّلُمَاتِ (ath-Dhulumaat) is plural. Why is that?

– The plural word for “darkness” ظُّلُمَاتِ (the singular is ظُلْمَة) conveys all of the various forms of deviance and disbelief, so all of this is conveyed in the plural word “darkness”.

– The singular word “the light” (the plural is أنْوَار) is made singular because the truth is (always) one and is never rendered plural.

Therefore this is why Allah Most High did not say:

يُخْرِجُهُم مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إلَى الأنْوَارِ

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Source: An-Nahw fi Thilaal il-Quraan il-Kareem (Arabic Grammar in the Shade of the Noble Qur’an) by ‘Azeezah Yoonus Basheer, page 23.

Taken from: http://www.theajaaroomiyyahblog.blogspot.com

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