An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

Dear Believers…!

I am intending to start a daily post on يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ‘Yaaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanuu’, Inshaa’Allah

There are nearly 90 verses in the Qur’an which directly address the Believing Muslims and if we try to understand each verse daily and also put into practice Inshaa’Allah it will be a source of Ajr and Barakah, Inshaa’Allah.

As a prelude I thought it is important to discuss on the phrase itself.

What is the meaning of يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا

* يَا – Ya is  used as a particle. It is actually a vocative long distance particle. It is used to address someone: ‘O!’

The distance implied by the use of this particle is further emphasised by adding Ayyuha for masculine and Ayyatuha for feminine nouns, singular and plural.

The implied distance may be physical or non-physical.

Contextualised use of Yaaa Ayyuhaa can express various speaker attitudes toward addressees such as respect, contempt, veneration, intimacy etc.

* أَيُّهَا – Ayyuhaa is a prefixal connnector to a noun bearing the definite article ‘Al’ as a means of calling it as part of the vocative.

This Ayyu is always prefixed with the attention drawing haa and is inflected for gender (ayyuhaa and ayyatuhaa).

* الَّذِينَ – Al-lazeena – Masculine, plural, relative pronoun “who/he who, which/that which”

* آمَنُوا – Aamanu – 3rd person, masculine, plural form; perfect verb. It means “to believe”, “they who believe”.

So يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا – Yaaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanu – means:

“O You who believe”.

“O You who have believed”

In the Qur’an, Allah uses this phrase to address His believers in a loving and affectionate way.

So “Yaaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanu” is the Lord’s Inimitable Way of Addressing His Believers in a Profoundly Caring Manner.

I would like to mention two fabulous quotes here:

It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu anhu) that he said, “If you hear Allah Saying: {O you who have believed} pay attention to it; because it is either something good you are commanded to do, or something evil you are forbidden to do.

It is narrated on the authority of Ja’far As-Saadiq (rahimahullah) that he said, “The pleasure of ‘O’ in the call (i.e., being called by Allah, The Almighty) removes the trouble of worship and suffering (in the instructions that come after it).

Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.


Note: I referred to the Dictionary of Qur’anic Usage for linguistics.

May 13, 2013 - Posted by | O You Who Believe!, Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Masha Allah….great post.

    Comment by aichamoslima | May 13, 2013 | Reply

  2. Assalam o alikum warahmatuLLAHI Wa Barakatuhu! MashaALLAH! Thats a very good idea. BarakALLAH.

    Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 13, 2013 | Reply

  3. MashaAllah!!JazakAllahu khairan..looking forward to the posts InshaAllah

    Comment by ummnaz | May 13, 2013 | Reply

    • @ aichamuslima:
      Jazakillahu Khayra
      @ Banat..
      Wa alaikumus salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, and alhamdulillah.
      @ ummnaz:
      Barakallahu Feek. Thank you so much.
      Please pray to Allah for bestowing Barakah in the work, Inshaa’Allah.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 13, 2013 | Reply

  4. The phrase ’Yaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanuu’ in English means ‘O You who believe!’ or ‘O You who have believed’ BUT NOT ‘O Believers’. If we ponder on this phrase as to why Allah has used this long phrase and not just ‘O Believers! We find that there is a big difference between these two usages. There is not a single alphabet extra in Allah’s speech.

    (O Believers) would mean that Allah endorses that the group is of all Believers, which is more of a generalization.

    But, (O You who believe) means Allah (SWT) addresses a person or a group of person without endorsing his or their belief which leads to self-introspection from our side whether really our actions are in accordance to our beliefs.

    This may be just a point to understand the Quranic language and Allah knows best. Many duas for your great task. May Allah (SWT) make it easy for you.

    Comment by Nisar Ahmed Shaikh | May 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Jazakallahu Khayra for your explanation, brother.
      Aameen to your du’aa.
      Barakallahu Lakum.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 13, 2013 | Reply

  5. Great work, it would have been a good idea to start from, ” O You who think” .
    There is a large number of Ayats based on these words too 🙂
    Please consider my request too. 🙂
    JZAK !

    Comment by hkamran | May 14, 2013 | Reply

    • I think that the idea to start a series on ‘O you who believe’ is because Allah gave someone a thought to think about it 🙂
      I will consider your request inshaa’Allah to have a series on ‘Think, Think, Think’.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Barakallaahu Feek.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 14, 2013 | Reply

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