Today in class, we learned about the third category of words in the Arabic language- the Huroof, which are letters that don’t make sense unless there is something that comes after it. Specifically, we discussed the huroof of jarr which simply are a set of letters and words that force the word after to make a particular sound, it forces them into a particular status (most basic explanation). Ustadh Adam told us that even though some of them just seem like letters, they are actually used very commonly in the Qur’an and can have a profound meaning. One letter can change the meaning of a sentence, just one letter can add so much depth and meaning in the Qur’an, subhanAllah. That’s just how profound and precise the Qur’an is.
One such example that we discussed is in Surah Ash-Shura, Ayah 11 where Allah says: لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ – a rough translation: there is nothing like Him. If we look a little closer at at كَمِثْلِهِ, it’s a little bit interesting because the ك is one of those special huroof and it means “like”. Then the word مثل also means “like”. That ك doesn’t seem to be exactly necessary but Allah has placed that there for a reason and just with that one letter, there is so much depth that is added. Allah is telling us that there is nothing even like the like of Him. The ك creates distance between Allah and everything else that is in creation; There is absolutely nothing like Allah. And not just like Allah, but nothing even that could be compared to comparison of Him. He is Above, He is Greater, above any imperfection or human comparison.
And all that depth is added just by Allah placing that single letter there. SubhanAllah.