Idioms

An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words.

Idioms-hijram-mahjura

HIJRAM MAHJURA

(Prohibition/Rock)

25:22

The idiom relates to two armies where one perceives defeat and wishes for a rock to drop from the sky and annihilate the opposition. In other words for the other side to be as far away as possible.

Idioms-yatul-buyuta

YA’TUL BUYUTA MIN ABWAABIHAA

(Approach houses from the front doors)

2:189

It means to follow the letter of the law – doing things the right way.

Idioms-wahlul-uqdatam

WAHLUL UQDATAM MIN LISAANI

(Untie the knot in my tongue)

20:27

A knot is a symbol of confusion. Prophet Musa (pbuh) used to stutter (figuratively to be tongue tied).

Idioms-qurrata-ayun

QURRATA A’YUN

(Coolness of eyes)

25:74

When a desert rider going through a sand storm found refuge in a shelter, he would say he has reached his qurrata ‘ayun for this was one part of his body that he could not cover from the sand. It is in essence ‘joyful eyes’. Sad or hurt eyes are called warm eyes….

Idioms-wahfidh-lahuma

WAHFIDH LAHUMA JANAAHAZH ZHULLI MINAR RAHMA

(Lower your wings of mercy)

17:24

A bird raises it’s wings to fly but lowers them to land and protect its young…