Virtues of Al-Fatihah

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The real meaning of word “Ummi”


The real meaning of word “Ummi”

Allah claims in Quran that it is reveled in [26:195] Plain/simple Arabic language” بلسان عربي مبين” 26:195
and it explains itself “[10:24] Thus clearly do We spell out these messages unto people who think.

The word UMMI in Quranic context does not mean “illiterate”. Arabic Language is based on root word system and each word can reflect multiple meanings, but the beauty of Quran is that it repeats the Ayats to make it very clear. “[6:65] See how We repeat the messages that they may understand!”

The best classical Arabic work ever published in the line of lexicons and dictionaries like “Al-Mufradat fi-Gharib al-Quran“, “Lisan al-Arab“, “Taj al-Arus min Jawahir al Qamus” and “The Arabic English lexicon by Edward W Lane”, word Ummi means “Arab who have no revealed scripture of his own“. In Quran the word refers to people who have not received a Revelation before and are not part of the Jewish people.

See [3:75]:

QXP: Among the People of the Scripture, there is he whom you can trust with a heap of gold, and He will readily return it to you. And among them is he who, if you trust him with a single gold coin, He will not repay you unless you keep after them. This is because they say and believe, “We owe no way (of honesty) to the Gentiles/Ummiyyeen.” Thus they speak lies about God, and they very well know it.

Yusuf Ali: Among the People of the Book are some who, if entrusted with a hoard of gold, will (readily) pay it back; others, who, if entrusted with a single silver coin, will not repay it unless thou constantly stoodest demanding, because, they say, “there is no call on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant (Pagans).” but they tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it.

Pickthal: Among the People of the Scripture there is he who, if thou trust him with a weight of treasure, will return it to thee. And among them there is he who, if thou trust him with a piece of gold, will not return it to thee unless thou keep standing over him. That is because they say: We have no duty to the Gentiles. They speak a lie concerning Allah knowingly.

So the correct translation of [62:2] is the following:

[62:2] He it is Who has sent a Messenger among those who had never before received a Scripture – to convey unto them His Messages, to make them grow in humanity, to instruct them in the Scripture and wisdom, Judgment and establishment of God’s Rule on earth – whereas before that they were obviously lost in error.

[‘Ummi’ = Gentile = Non-Israelite = Unlettered = A nation (the Arabs) that had never received a Scripture before. ‘Zaku’ or ‘Tazkiah’ = Growth = Purity from
vice = Development of ‘self’ = Self-actualization. ‘Hikmah’ = wisdom = Judgment = Governance = Political Rule.]

He never read any book of scripture before and never wrote anything prior to the Qruan, see the proof [29:48] وماكنت تتلو من قبله من كتاب ولاتخطه بيمينك اذا لارتاب المبطل:

Yusuf Ali: And thou wast not (able) to recite a Book before this (Book came), nor art thou (able) to transcribe it with thy right hand: In that case, indeed, would the talkers of vanities have doubted.

Pickthal: And thou (O Muhammad) wast not a reader of any scripture before it, nor didst thou write it with thy right hand, for then might those have doubted, who follow falsehood.

QXP: For, (O Prophet) you were never able to read a book or Scripture before this (Qur’an), nor could you write anything with your own hand. Or else, they who try to disprove the Truth might have some cause to doubt it. ((2:23). ‘Biyameenik’ = With your right hand = With your own hand).

” من قبله” before this” explains that صلى الله عليه وسلم never read/write any book of “scripture” before the Qruan – means صلى الله عليه وسلم knew how to read/write.

As Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was for 30 years a successful businessman, being brought up in the elite family of the region, and married to a successful businesswoman. It is unacceptable to think صلى الله عليه وسلم couldn’t read or write. How could صلى الله عليه وسلم have known the scribes were writing down the Quran in the correct way? These misunderstandings were created later on through folklore and was picked up by the 3th century clergy.

The only illiterates are the “Mullahs” who are continuously spreading the false “Riwayats/Hadits” of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم being uneducated.



Hazrat Umar (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) say riwayat hey ke

“HUZUR AKRAM (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) ek rooz hamary darmayan qayaam farma huay aur AAP (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) nain makhulaqaat ki ibtidia say lay kar jannaitiyun k jannat main daakhil ho jaany aur doozakhiyun k doozakh main Daakhil ho jaany tak hamain sab kuch bta diya. Jis nain usy yad rkham Yad rkha aur usy bhul gaya so bhul gaya.”


Narrated by Sayyedinah ‘Umar (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) that

“One day the Prophet (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) stood up amongst us for a long period and informed us about the beginning of creation till he mentioned how the people of Paradise will enter their places and the people of Hell will enter their places. Some remembered what he had said, and some forgot it.”

From : Bukhari As Saheeh (Printed in 1981 Beirut, Lebanon)
Book : Bada Al Khalq
Page : 1166
volume : 3
Hadith number : 3020)

* Hadith number 2
Hazrat ‘Amar Bin Akhtab Ansaari (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) farmaty hain k
“HUZUR (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) nain fajar ki namaz main hamari Imamat farmai aur mimber par jalwa afrooz huay aur hamain khitaab farmaya Yahan tak k zohar ka waqt ho gaya.
Phir AAP (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) neechy tashreef lay aay aur Namaaz parhai. Phir us k bad Dubara mimber par tashreef farma huay aur hamain khitab farmay Yahan tak k Asar ka waqt ho gaya.
Phir mumber say neechy tashreef laay aur namaz parhai phir mumber par tashreef lay gaay yahan tak k Sooraj doob gaya.
Pas ! AAP (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) nain hamain har us baat ki khabar daydi jo jo aj tak ho chuki thi aur jo qayamat tak honay wali thi.
Hazrat ‘Amar Bin Akhtab (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) farmaty hain k hum main zyada janny wala wohi hay jo hum main say say zyada hafzay wala tha.”
Abu Zaid (viz. Amr b. Akhtab Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) reported:
Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) led us in the dawn prayer and then mounted the pulpit and addressed us until it was (time for the) noon prayer.
He then came down the pulpit and observed prayer and then again mounted the pulpit and again addressed us until it was time for the ‘Asr prayer.
He then again came down and observed the prayer and again mointed the pulpit and addressed us until the sun was set and he informed (about) everything (pertaining to turmoil) that lay hidden in the past and what lies in (the womb) of) the future and the most learned amongst us is one who remembers them well.
From : Muslim
Book : Al Fitan
Chapter : Qayamat tak paish any waly Fitnon k bary main AAP SAW ka khabar dayna
Volume : 4
Hadith number : 2892
From : Ibn e Habban
Book : As Saheeh
Page : 9
Volume : 15
Hadith number : 6638
From : Haakim
Book : Al Mustadrak
Volume : 4
Page : 533
Hadith number : 8498
From : Abu Y’ala
Book : Al Musnad
Volume : 12
page : 237
Hadith number : 2844
From : Tabrani
Book : M’jam Al kabeer
Volume : 17
page : 46

* Hadith number 3

Hazrat Huzaifah (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) farmaty hain k

“HUZUR (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) nain mujhy qayamat tak roonuma honay wali har baat bata di aur koi aysi baat na rahi jisy main nain

AAP (SALLALAHU A’LAIHAY WA ALEHI WASALLAM) say poocha na ho. Albatta main nain yeh na pucha k Ahl-e-Madinah ko konsi cheez madeenah say nikaly gi?”


Sayyedina Huzaifah (Radi ALLAH TA’ALA anhu) reported:

Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) informed me of what is going to happen before the approach of the Last Hour.
And there is nothing that I did not ask him in this connection except this that I did not ask him as to what would turn the people of Medina out from Medina.

From : Muslim
Book : Al Fitan wa ashraat As Sa’ah Chapter
Chapter : Qayamat tak paish any waly Fitnon k bary main AAP SAW ka khabar dayna
Volume : 4
Page : 2217
Hadith number : 2891