Kaana and its sisters - Arabic free course

Introduction

 

  The following particles are called Kaana and its sisters  – كَانَ وَ أَخَوَاتُهَا:

 

  • كَانَ – to was
  • صَارَ – to become
  • أَصْبَحَ –  to become, to enter/do in the morning
  • مَا زَالَ – increasingly, continuously
  • أَضْحَى – to enter the dawn
  • لَيْسَ – not
  • بَاتَ – to become, to pass the night
  • أَمْسَ – to become, to enter, to do in the evening
  • مَا دَامَ – forever, continuously
  • ظَلَّ – remain, to be, continue

 

 

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The rule of Kaana and its sisters

 

 

These verbs give dammah to its noun and fatha to its predicate.

 

 

Examples of Kaana and its sisters used in the Holy Quran

 

 

مَا كَانَ إِبْرَاهِيمُ يَهُودِيًّا وَلَا نَصْرَانِيًّا 

 

 

Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian (3:67)

 

 

وَأَصْبَحَ فُؤَادُ أُمِّ مُوسَىٰ فَارِغًا

 

 

And the heart of Moses’ mother became empty [of all else]. (28:10)

 

 

وَإِذَا بُشِّرَ أَحَدُهُم بِالْأُنثَىٰ ظَلَّ وَجْهُهُ مُسْوَدًّا وَهُوَ كَظِيمٌ

 

 

And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. (16:58)

 

 

أَلَيْسَ اللَّـهُ بِأَحْكَمِ الْحَاكِمِينَ

 

 

Is not Allah the most just of judges? (95:8)

 

 

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