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Reflecting on a unique Qur’anic Phrase

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

While reading Surah al Kahf, it is amazing to stop at the phrase مِن لَّدُنَّا and مِن لَّدُنك

Why? The meaning gets richer and more eloquent here!

Everything is bestowed by Allah swt. But when it is mentioned with the Words من لّدن the connotation becomes special and specific.

Eg. 1:
See the wordings in the Du’aa of Ashabul Kahf:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy”.

The meaning will be complete even without using the phrase من لدنك (Our Lord! Bestow upon us mercy) but when you add the phrase من لدنك you are actually seeking that Special Mercy from the One Who Alone is Capable of bestowing it!

Eg. 2:
Notice the wordings Allah uses while describing the One whom Prophet Musa met:

وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا “and taught him from Us a [certain] knowledge”.

Here also, the meaning will be complete without the use of من لدنا However, with its’ addition the meaning becomes loud and clear, comprehensive and special.

وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا

It means: the knowledge the amazing Slave of Allah had was from the One Who is the Knower of the Unseen. He alone – and none else – can teach someone that specific and special knowledge out of His mercy, care and affection.


To end this post, i am sharing an ayah for reflection.


In this ayah, another beautiful phrase من عندنا is used alongside من لدنا

فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا

“And they found a servant from among Our servants to whom we had given mercy from us and had taught him from Us a [certain] knowledge”. (Surah al Kahf, 18: 65)

May Allah guide us to live by the Qur’an.

September 23, 2022 - Posted by | Reflections, Surah al Kahf, Understanding the Qur'an | , , , , , , , , ,

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