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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:28

Asslamo Allaikum,

This is a new concept where Grammar Lessons will be introduced to you in easy bite size bits which will open your eyes to the superiority of the language which Allah (SWT) selected to reveal his book. You don’t even need to know Arabic to appreciate this, Insha’Allah.

This lesson introduces “Diminutive Nouns” in Arabic. These are constructed nouns which are used for affection and showing love and care. They can ONLY be made from 3 letter Nouns and the pattern given is only one way to do this (they are other ways to make this).

Consider a random 3 letter noun فعل as you can see that it is actually constructed from 3 letters namely ف ع ل   

For the sake of simplicity we don't care about the vowel on each of these letters e.g. we don't care if it has Damma (Paish), Fatha (Zabar) or Zaer (Kasrah) on it اَ اِ اُ don't care what is on each letter.

To form a “Diminutive Nouns” in Arabic here is the pattern:

  1. ف becomes فُ
  2. ع becomes عَ
  3.  A new letter is inserted يْ
  4. ل becomes لٌ so the new word becomes...
  5. فُعَيْلٌ

We will now test this pattern of conversion.

The word for boy in Arabic is وَلَدٌ but when we apply this pattern it gets converted to وُلَيْدٌ which means "O dear, beloved little boy"

Bonus Question:

  1. When the first Grandson of our Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was born he was named حَسَنٌ do you know what his little brother who was born a year (or so later) was named?
  2. Why?
  3. What does the name of the second Grandson of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) mean according to what you have just learned?

Use the following Arabic Keyboard to write your responses.

Jazakallahu Khayran

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:35
Don't vote on the thread,reply to say that I got the answer but don't type it yet... :)
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:50
I got the answer.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:52
Know meaning of both names...but don't know if it's correct because I can't give answer.

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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:55
Ok sorry I think I just gave the answer :-(
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 22:18
Please reveal the answer on 09MAY2014 after midnight and you will be given a second Bonus question :)
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 22:23
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Should I wait for your midnight or my midnight?
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2014 00:22
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Please reveal the answer on 09MAY2014 after midnight and you will be given a second Bonus question :)


I will assume you meant your midnight.


1. His little brother was named حُسَيْنٌ.
2. This is because حُسَيْنٌ is the diminutive form of حَسَنٌ, as the former was the younger brother of the latter.
3. Since حَسَنٌ can mean "good one" (according to Wikipedia), حُسَيْنٌ must mean something to the effect of "dear, beloved, and smaller good one."
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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2014 09:36

Bonus Question 2:

عَبْدٌ in Arabic literally means "Slave" but in Islamic context it is often used as short form for عَبْدُاللهِ which means Slave of Allah (SWT). Your homework is in two phases:

  1. Phase 1: Please spot the change in the original word عَبْدٌ when it joined a second word to make a combination of عَبْدُاللهِ and tell us what is the change? It is extremely important for you to spot the change although this is not connected to this lesson.
    1. Optional Reading: If you want to understand this concept in detail in Arabic please browse Lesson 5 and look into Al-Idfaha (Possessive phrase) but remember that this is optional for you to do as this concept will be fully covered in later lessons.
  2. Phase 2: Form a diminutive noun for عَبْدٌ , type it correctly and explain its meaning? Hint: Its a very common Boy's name

Simply respond to say that you have solved the second bonus question but don't type it in until 10MAY2014 midnight (your local time) :P

Jazakallahy Khayran

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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2014 10:07
Solved second bonus
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#11 [Permalink] Posted on 25th December 2014 14:38
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Bonus Question 2:

Phase 1: When the original word, (عَبْدٌ), is joined with a second word to make a combination of (عَبْدُ اللّٰهِ), the change is that the dammatayn on the daal (ــدٌ) change to a single dammah (ــدُ). This is because the original word, `abd, is (مُضَافٌ), an object possessed by the owner, (مُضَافٌ إِلَيْهِ), Allaah.

Phase 2: The diminutive form of (عَبْدٌ) is (عُبَيْدٌ). The near meaning is "dear, beloved little slave (of Allaah, in Islamic context)."
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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 19th April 2017 16:20
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

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حُسَيْنٌ must mean something to the effect of "dear, beloved, and smaller good one."

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(عُبَيْدٌ). The near meaning is "dear, beloved little slave (of Allaah, in Islamic context)."


وليدٌ means "O dear beloved, little boy"
Does it mean that حُسَيْنٌ would mean "dear, beloved, and smaller good one"?
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عُبَيْدٌ would mean"dear, beloved little slave"?
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#13 [Permalink] Posted on 19th April 2017 19:51
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وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but your understanding seems correct.
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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 20th April 2017 06:38
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No you were right.
Apologies for the confusion..
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