Believers in the Qur’an

Those who heed warning

This article is from The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation.

alladhīna āmanu – those who heed warning

This term is rendered by the Traditionalist as those who believe and synonyms. As with its antonym what he means by this is those who have believed in the religion which he calls Islam. However, this is not what the Qur’an indicates by this term.

As the Traditionalist correctly says, alladhīna āmanu does in fact mean – at least in a wan sense – those who believe. The point I am again making is that this particular formula has a specific connotation which has been polluted, wearied or compromised by time, tradition and usage, and that the Qur’an contains within it the means to access that original connotation.

The definition of alladhīna āmanu is derived from comparison with its antonym. We know from the Qur’anic definition at 2:6 that alladhīna kafarū means those who are indifferent to warning. At 2:257 this known value is set in unambiguous contradistinction with alladhīna āmanu. This Qur’anic value for alladhīna āmanu, then, is those who heed warning.

All messengers warn their people to submit to God. Those who heed that warning are alladhīna āmanu. No particular religion is mentioned.

This rendering applies only to those instances where alladhīna āmanu does not take an object (which is the form in which it occurs in the Qur’anic definition). Where it takes an object, I assume the Qur’anic definition to have been waived and default to a standard lexical definition.

All instances in the text are footnoted.

References

2:9, 2:14, 2:25, 2:26, 2:62, 2:76, 2:82, 2:104, 2:153, 2:165, 2:172, 2:178, 2:183, 2:208, 2:212, 2:213, 2:214, 2:218, 2:249, 2:254, 2:257, 2:264, 2:267, 2:277, 2:278, 2:282, 3:57, 3:68, 3:72, 3:100, 3:102, 3:118, 3:130, 3:140, 3:141, 3:149, 3:156, 3:200, 4:19, 4:29, 4:43, 4:51, 4:57, 4:59, 4:71, 4:76, 4:94, 4:122, 4:135, 4:136, 4:137, 4:144, 4:173, 5:1, 5:2, 5:6, 5:8, 5:9, 5:11, 5:35, 5:51, 5:53, 5:54, 5:55, 5:56, 5:57, 5:69, 5:82, 5:82, 5:87, 5:90, 5:93, 5:94, 5:95, 5:101, 5:105, 5:106, 6:82, 7:32, 7:42, 7:88, 8:12, 8:15, 8:20, 8:24, 8:27, 8:29, 8:45, 8:72, 8:72, 8:74, 8:75, 9:20, 9:23, 9:28, 9:34, 9:38, 9:61, 9:113, 9:119, 9:123, 9:124, 10:2, 10:4, 10:9, 10:63, 10:103, 11:23, 11:29, 11:58, 11:66, 11:94, 12:57, 13:28, 13:29, 13:31, 14:23, 14:27, 14:31, 16:99, 16:102, 18:30, 18:107, 19:73, 19:96, 22:14, 22:17, 22:23, 22:38, 22:50, 22:54, 22:56, 22:77, 24:19, 24:21, 24:27, 24:55, 24:58, 26:227, 27:53, 29:7, 29:9, 29:11, 29:12, 29:56, 29:58, 30:15, 30:45, 31:8, 32:19, 33:9, 33:41, 33:49, 33:53, 33:56, 33:69, 33:70, 34:4, 35:7, 36:47, 38:24, 38:28, 39:10, 40:7, 40:25, 40:30, 40:35, 40:38, 40:51, 40:58, 41:8, 41:18, 41:44, 42:18, 42:22, 42:23, 42:26, 42:36, 42:45, 45:14, 45:21, 45:30, 46:11, 47:2, 47:3, 47:7, 47:11, 47:12, 47:20, 47:33, 48:29, 49:1, 49:2, 49:6, 49:11, 49:12, 52:21, 57:7, 57:13, 57:16, 57:27, 57:28, 58:9, 58:10, 58:11, 58:11, 58:12, 59:10, 59:18, 60:1, 60:10, 60:13, 61:2, 61:10, 61:14, 61:14, 62:9, 63:9, 64:14, 65:10, 65:11, 66:6, 66:8, 66:8, 66:11, 74:31, 83:29, 83:34, 84:25, 85:11, 90:17, 95:6, 98:7, 103:3.

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