Halloween and Arabic Words (!?)
While many Muslims refrain from celebrating Halloween due to its Pagan origins and its focus on the occult and the macabre, there are some interesting words often used in the Halloween season that actually have Arabic origins.
The first of these is ghoul - from the Arabic word ghul (demon or spirit.) It's said to have originated from the root word ghala (to seize) as a ghoul can seize the form and shape of the animal or human that it attacks.
Another is genie, related to the Arabic word jinni or jinn. The word originates from junna, which means to hide or conceal, as they are a type of creature that are unseen to us.
Pumpkin in the Quran (!)
Since we're also in pumpkin season, I thought I would share with you all some nice things I read about Prophet Yunus (Jonah) and pumpkins:
Pumpkin is actually mentioned by name in the Quran (the Arabic word is yaqteen - see Surah Saafaat, verse 146), and is mentioned as a type of food that nourished and helped heal the Prophet Yunus (peace be upon him), after he was cast out of the belly of the whale onto the shore:
And had he [Prophet Yunus] not been of those who exalt Allah
He would have remained inside [the whale's] belly until the Day of Resurrection.
But We threw him onto the open shore while he was ill.
And We caused to grow over him a gourd [lit. yaqteen] vine.
Interestingly, pumpkin was also one of the favorite foods of the blessed Prophet, (peace and blessings be upon him) and its benefits were written about extensively by the great scholar Imam Ibn al-Qayyim in his famous book, Tibb an-Nabawi.
Maybe it's time to check out some nice pumpkin recipes! :)
See you next week isA!