Alamin "الحمد لله رب العالمین "
Are you a Muslim?
If you say yes, surely you recite سوره الفاتحه /sūrah l-fātiḥah/ several times every day.
But Have you ever thought about the meaning of "رب العالمین" /Rabbil ālamin/?
In most of the translations, it is translated to "the lord of the worlds".
But let's look at the dictionaries and lexicons.
In Mufradat-Ul-Quran we see that "عالم" / ālam/ is "اسم الآلة" /ismul ālat/ which means a tool to gain knowledge, like خاتم /khātam/ and طابع /tāba/ where they are اسم الآلة /ismul ālat/ as well.
عالمین /ālamin/ is the plural of عالم /ālam/, is rooted from علم /ilm/.
When علم /ilm/ is used in the form of فاعل /fāal/, it takes the meaning of a tool and so means “tools of gaining knowledge”.
It's like خاتم /khatam/ from the root ختم /khatama/which means "to end" and since it is used in the form of فاعَل, it means tool to end.
In the past, خاتم /khatam/ was referred to a ring to end the letters; or طابع /tāba/ from the root طبع /taba’a/ which means "to seal", and طابع /tāba/ was referred to a tool to seal the letters.
Therefore, الحمد لله رب العالمین /alhamdu lellahe rabbel ālamin/ means Praise is for the God who is the developer of tools to gain knowledge.
What we can understand from this verse is that whatever human sees, hears, touches, tastes and smells, and generally whatever is called universe, from Quran’s perspective is only a tool to gain knowledge and to learn; a tool which is in possession of human.
If we; Muslims, considered everything as a tool for reaching knowledge and wisdom, could it still be possible to abuse the unawareness of the Muslims?
Wouldn’t the Muslims be the pioneers and leaders in science, wisdom and peace-finding by this perspective?
Do you think Quran’s distortion is only limited to this single word? There are lots of other words in the Quran which are miss-translated and their real meaning is distorted.
In fact, distortion is impossible in the Qur’an itself, these are the translations that have deviated this Devine miracle from its real nature.
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