Ulum al Qur'an
The Meaning of Wahy
The word awha, from which 'wahy' (revelation) is derived, occurs in a
number of shades of meaning in the Qur'an, each of them indicating the main underlying
idea of inspiration directing or guiding someone. In each example below, the italicised
words in the translation are forms of the root word wahy in the original text of the
- Guidance in natural intuition:
'so we sent this inspiration to the
mother of Moses . . .' (28: 7).
Guidance in natural instinct:
'and thy Lord taught the bee to
build its cells in hills, on trees and in (man's) habitations' (16: 68).
Guidance by signs:
'So Zakaria came out to his people
from his chamber: he told them by signs to celebrate God's praises in the morning and in
the evening' (19: 11).
Guidance from evil:
'Likewise did we make for every
messenger an enemy evil ones among men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery
discourses by way of deception ...' (6: 112).
Guidance from God:
'Remember thy Lord inspired the
angels (with the message) ...' (8: 12).