The excellences of the Arabic language


The course of discussions took a turn to medicine on account of the fact that the Promised Messiahas had given the honourable Maulvi Abdul-Karim Sahib some medicine the previous night. The Promised Messiahas inquired about whether it had proved effective. In this context, various exchanges continued about Easton syrup and strychnine, and their properties which strengthen the muscles or a‘sab. On this, Maulana Abdul-Karim Sahib said to the Promised Messiahas that the word a‘sab was based on a deep philosophy.

He went on to say that in Arabic, a‘sab meant to tie something. Now the sinews and muscles or a‘sab – like ropes – bind the limbs of the body together. In contrast, the English word “nerve” is simply a word with no deeper wisdom. At this, the Promised Messiahas said:

“This is also a miracle of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, that even individual Arabic words are replete with intellectual insights. This is why Arabic is the Pinnacle of Languages.

“Since the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was granted a magnificent miracle such as the Quran, its greatness in the academic sense is also immensely remarkable.”

In this context, the publication of Minan-ur-Rahman remained under discussion. The Promised Messiahas stated:

“When certain means and resources, which are necessary, make themselves available, the book shall be printed.”

(Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmadas, Malfuzat, Vol. 1, p. 275)

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