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Qur’anic Characteristic #7: Kareem

January 24, 2009

Bismillah

Allah ta’ala says in Suratul Waaqi’ah:

وَإِنَّهُ لَقَسَمٌ لَّوْ تَعْلَمُونَ عَظِيمٌ

And that is indeed a mighty oath if you but knew,-(56:76)

What is this magnificent oath that Allah azza wa jal has taken?

إِنَّهُ لَقُرْآنٌ كَرِيمٌ

That this is indeed a Qur’an, Kareem. (56:77)

Kareem is from kaaf-ra-meem and karam is used for a grape vine. A grape vine looks very beautiful and brings a lot of benefit. When Kareem is used for Allah: it means Allah ta’ala is very generous and He is of high status. When kareem is used for a person, it means they are very honorable and hold a great position as well as they have character. When kareem is used for speech, it means a word that is gentle, good, humble and beneficial.

When used for Qur’an, Kareem means:

1- This Qur’an that is very beneficial, full of blessings, katheerun naf’, full of benefits. Every letter brings you reward, every reading brings you a new lesson.

2-This Qur’an which is honorable. Honored by who? By Allah azza wa jal, it is Allah’s Kalaam–the most honored Kalaam with an exalted status.

This Qur’an is Kareem: it changes hearts and guides a person to action, it shows people the reality of life and the reality of the hereafter.

Imam Sa’di rahimahullah states in his tafseer that Kareem means: katheerul khayr, containing every good and every type of knowledge. It is a book that if one seeks to benefit from, they will.

This is a Kareem book, revealed  by Al Kareem, to a messenger that is Kareem for us…Yet what have we done with it?

More Characteristics of the Qur’an here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Halimah permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:35 am

    Assalaamualaikum waramatullahi wabarakatuhu sister Amatullah.
    Alhamdulillahi Rabbi al’aalameen.
    I have read all the characteristics of the Quran that you’ve posted and I’m looking forward for more. Insha Allah.
    I’m like a thirsty wayfarer who comes upon an oasis with plentiful of sweet, refreshing water. Jazaaki Allahu khairan again and again dear sister. Can’t thank you enough.

  2. April 16, 2009 8:40 pm

    wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu sister Halimah,

    wa iyyaki and Jazaaki Allahu khayran to you for your comments sister, I truly appreciate them.

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