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The Power of Arabic!

The Arabic language is very interesting and very powerful. I recently wrote something in my Arabic blog about a health issue, namely weight problems, and as I was writing, I realized that the words “health” and “right” come from the same root. If you say “healthy” it becomes exactly the same word as “correct” or “right”. The beautiful thing about this language is how words and their derivations make sense. Unlike other languages, you feel that all the words are connected to their meaning. It’s thought provoking. For example, I recently watched a brief show about the language, and it pointed out the strong relations between words formed from the same letters. Sometimes when you just reverse the word, you’ll be surprised. Take one example: The word “Qa’a” means the bottom, or the very low, when you reverse it to “A’aq” it means someone who is bad to their parents. Being good to parents is a very important behavior in Arabic and Islamic tradition. When you reverse the word money, “mal” , you get the verb: to blame, “lam”! I am just thinking randomly now, as I write, trying to find such relations. Let me continue with “mal” or money. It’s composed of three letters, if you see what you can get from those letters, I found the following: “lamma”,  which, in Arabic, is only written in two letters, means to collect. But “Malla”, also written in 2 letters only, means to be bored. Moreover, the same letters of “Mal”, money, when you slightly change the pronunciation, it will be “Mala” , meaning both to be attracted or inclined to, and also getting away from something, usually the straight path for example.

Those are just a few examples. There is a big literature about that, and I am not even specialized in the language and didn’t read much in this area. For me, as a Muslim, it’s no wonder that the Quran, believed to be the only word of good preserved intact, was revealed in Arabic.