Female noun used to refer to Hazrat Adam (Alayhis Salaam) in the Qur'an

Q: Why did Allah Ta'ala use a Female Noun (Isim mu'annas) to refer to Adam (Alayhis Salaam) in the following verse (7:189);  "Huwa allathee khalaqakum min nafsin wahidatin wajaAAala minha zawjaha (It is He Who has created you from a single person, and (then) He has created from him his wife). why Allah used the word 'nafsin wahidah' , "minha" and "zaujaha" to refer to Adam.


A: Sometimes in the usage of a word the word itself is taken into consideration and not the meaning. Like ‘nusqeekum mimma fi butoonihee’ it is with reference to the milk of the cow but, the haa tazkeer has been used. Hence, the word an`aam has been intended. Likewise, here the word nafs has been intended and the word nafs is mu’annath.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)