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This one of a kind work is an easy to use dictionary of the Holy Qur’an based on several classical Arabic dictionaries. This dictionary has been widely used in classrooms across the country and is a true ‘must have’ for teachers, students, scholars and anyone interested in studying the Holy Qur’an.

Highlights: 1- Easy to find and understand the real, classical, and root meaning of all Quranic Words.

2- All root-words of the Holy Quran and their derivatives are included.

3- Various shades of meaning are highlighted.

4- Two indexes have been provided: Index #1- The Quranic Words- Each Quranic word is alphabetically arranged according to the Arabic alphabet, with the cross reference to the basic 'root-words'. This is ideal for beginners. Index # 2 - Basic Quranic Root-words- All the Quranic basic 'root-words' arranged according to the Arabic alphabet.

5- The etymology, function, and wherever applicable the abbreviations are given from the most authentic sources available. There are explanatory notes, grammatical comments, and examples in phrase and poetry.

6- Classical Arabic Dictionaries combined in one. Some of the classical dictionaries used: Al-Mufradat fi Gharib Al-Quran by Abdul Qasim al-Husain al-Raghib, Lisan al-Arab by Jamal al-Din Abu al-Fadzl Muhmmad bin Mukarram bin Manzur, Taj al-Arus min Jawahir al Qamus by Muhammad al Murtadza Husaini, The Arabic English Lexicon by Edward W. Lane etc.

7- Contains useful Appendices: Appendix # 1- An Overview of the Dictionary. Appendix # 2- System of Punctuation. Appendix # 3- System of Transliteration of the Arabic Words.

This hard back, DELUXE GIFT EDITION is a must have for anyone interested in understanding the Holy Quran. The excellent paper quality, gold gilding and gold stamping also make this an excellent gift.

About the Author

Abdul Mannan Omar (son of Maulana Noor Ud Din). (Translator of The Holy Quran; Arabic-English. Editor, Encyclopedia of Islam; 22 volumes)
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Product Details

  • Leather Bound: 1010 pages
  • Publisher: Noor Foundation International, Inc.; 3 edition (January 28, 2005)
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • ISBN-10: 0963206796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963206794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Talal Smith on November 25, 2007
Format: Leather Bound
This dictionary is indeed easy to use. It is well and clearly organised. However, I found the actual content rather disappointing as the semantic and etymological information it provides is very basic. After giving (without quoting any sources) the enormous (and somehow disconcerting) semantic field of a root, it proceeds to give a contextual tranlation (or paraphrase) of a word in each of its qur'anic contexts, with Muslim exegtical overtone. In other words, a mainstream Muslim translation of the Qur'an offers the same results with less hassle. For example, al-naffaathaat fii al-'uqad (verse 113:4) is explained as follows: "are those human beings (men and women) who try and whisper evil suggestions to deter people from doing their duty and regulating and ordering their affairs", which sounds more like a later theological understanding of this qur'anic expression, than a real linguistic, etymologcal, and anthropoligcal explanation. (At the "nafatha" entry, the author feels he has to add: "Zamakhshari categorically rejects a belief in the reality and effect of such practices, as well as the concept of magic as such").
Useful to readers who might be reassured by the strong theological overtones, not so useful to readers who would like to know more and understand possible qur'anic connotations which have been ignored or supressed by the classical orthodox exegesis.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Clark on February 25, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
This book is a very good reference for English-speaking students of the Qur'an. The two reviews by Rashid Jahangiri give a good description of the contents. I would add that the actual dictionary section contains entries that are quite thorough in the coverage of each listed word, including related words that share the same root and inflected forms such as all conjugated forms of verbs.

There are two controversies afoot on this review page. The first is the "review" by al-Qaradawi, which mentions the "True Furqan". The unsolicited comment is completely out of place here, as it has nothing to do with the Dictionary of the Holy Quran. I would add that this book is a plagerism of the Qur'an, written by Christian missionaries in the Middle East with the aim of converting Muslims to Christianity. Regardless of how you might feel about this statement, I would encourage all readers to click the "Report this" link, so that hopefully Amazon will remove this distraction "review".

The second controversy has to do with Zia Ulhaq's review. As best as I have been able to determine, the author, Abdul Omar Mannan, is associated with the Ahmadiyyah sect of Islam. From an orthodox Sunni or Shia perspective, most Ahmadis are considered unorthodox at best and typically heretical, hence Zia Ulhaq's comments. This issues aside, I would still highly recommend this book, as I am not aware of any equivalent reference available in English. I would just caution Muslim readers to be aware of the Ahmadiyyah link, espeically while reading the sections on the lives of the prophets (peace be upon them all).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ahmad AR on November 5, 2006
Format: Leather Bound
One of the comments prompted me to investigate further after which I found out that the author Abdul Mannan Omar had passed away on the 28th of July 2006 (96 years old) as his obituary appeared on The Light, a London-based Lahore Ahmadiyya community monthly publication. Hence the interpretation that Jesus died of natural death as had been proclaimed by the founder of this movement in 1891, where he claimed to have received revelation from God about the death of Jesus.

While the other entries are remarkably accurate as the references that he used were very much authoritative of the Arabic language, his opinion, creed and interpretation of the Quranic verses will raise a flag within the mainstream Muslim community.

If I can give Edward Lane a 5 star for his voluminous Arabic Lexicon, I should be able to give Mr Omar similar rating for his work. I don't subscribe to his faith.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Klemens Metternich on May 12, 2007
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
In Quaranic studies it is not always possible to know exactly what a word or a phrase in the Qur'an may mean. Some people have other translations of the Qur'an for the purpose. But other translations may not clear up the problem. The Dictionary of the Holy Qur'an makes the work much easier and allows for quick references. It is definitely a part of my desk reference works.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2003
Format: Leather Bound
DICTIONARY OF THE HOLY QURAN
(Arabic Words-English meanings)
By: Abdul Mannan Omar (son of Maulana Noor Ud Din).
(Translator of The Holy Quran; Arabic-English. Editor, Encyclopedia of Islam; 22 volumes)
Total number of pages: 1010.
Highlights:
1- Easy to find and ascertain the real, classical, and root meaning of all the Quranic Words.
2- All root-words of the Holy Quran with their derivatives have been included in it.
3- Efforts have been made to highlight various shades of meaning.
4- Two indexes have been provided: Index #1- The Quranic Words. Each Quranic
word is ALPHABETICALLY arranged (according to the Arabic alphabets), with the cross reference to the basic `root-words'. (This Index # 1 is helpful for the beginners).
Index # 2 - Basic Quranic Root-words. All the Quranic basic
`root-words' arranged alphabetically (according to the Arabic alphabets).
5- Authentic and Comprehensive. The etymology, the function, and wherever applicable the abbreviations are also given from the most authentic sources, with explanatory notes, grammatical comments, and examples in phrase and poetry.
6- Classical Arabic Dictionaries combined in one. Some of the
classical dictionaries used: Al-Mufradat fi Gharib Al-Quran by Abdul Qasim al-Husain al-Raghib; Lisan al-Arab by Jamal al-Din Abu al-Fadzl Muhmmad bin Mukarram bin Manzur; Taj al-Arus min Jawahir al Qamus by Muhammad al Murtadza
Husaini; The Arabic English Lexicon by Edward W. Lane etc.
7- Appendices: Appendix # 1- An Overview of the Dictionary. This has number of articles. Appendix # 2- System of Punctuation. Appendix # 3- System of Transliteration of the Arabic Words.
8- Deluxe gift edition: Silver page edges. Leather-flex binding.
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