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    Question the word ameen?

    What does ameen literally mean and how and where did it originate from? I'm taking a cultural anthropology class and what it says in the class text is surprising(if it's even true)

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    It is originally a Syrianic word that literally means 'I acknowledge and firmly believe,' and is used in the Old (and I believe the New) Testament. It sounds the same in Arabic because both are Semetic languages.

    In the context of supplication, al-Qurtubi mentioned that some thought it was one of Allah's Names (through a weak narration from Ibn 'Abbas); some say it means 'let it be this way'; some say it is to strengthen the supplication and cause blessings to descend; at-Tirmidhi said it means 'do not betray our hopes.'

    However, the majority of scholars said that it simply means 'O Allah, respond to our supplication.'

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    In my text book Amen was said to have been an old Egyptian god..

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    lol wasnt that amun
    perhaps a variational spelling of amun is amen but even if that had been the case the text books assertion is terrible
    i dont see how there could be any link between an ancient egyptian diety and a word uttered to strengthen supplication
    just another example of secularists trying to strengthen their stranglehold

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    yeah..i think my book is basically trying to say that religion is man made.

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    On the dictionary on my computer is says:

    amen
    exclamation
    uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn, meaning "so be it."

    Origin
    Old English, from ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek amen, from Hebrew ' amen 'truth, certainty,' used adverbially as expression of agreement or consent, and adopted in the Septuagint as a solemn expression of belief or affirmation.
    Amen is also the name of an Egyptian god, but that doesn't have any etymological connection with the Hebrew 'amen' or Arabic 'ameen'.

    According to Wikipedia:
    Etymology
    Amen, meaning so be it, is of Hebrew origin. [5][6] The word was imported into the Greek of the early Church from the Jewish synagogue.[1][7] From Greek, amen entered the other Western languages. According to a standard dictionary etymology, amen passed from Greek into Late Latin, and thence into English.[8]

    The Hebrew word amen derives from the Hebrew verb aman, a primitive root.[9] Grammarians frequently list aman under its three consonants (mn), which are identical to those of amen.[8] This triliteral root (mn) means to be firm, confirmed, reliable, faithful, have faith, believe. Two English words that derive from this root are:

    a. amen, from Hebrew amen (=truly, certainly); b. Mammon, from Aramaic mamona, probably from Mishnaic Hebrew mamn, probably from earlier *mamon (=? security, deposit).

    Both a and b derive from Hebrew aman (=to be firm).[10]

    The Talmud teaches homiletically that the word Amen is an acronym for אל מלך נאמן (El melekh neeman, "God, trustworthy King"),[11] the phrase recited silently by an individual before reciting the Shma.
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    Popular among some theosophists and adherents of esoteric Christianity is the conjecture that amen is a derivative of the name of the Egyptian god Amun (which is sometimes also spelled Amen).[12][13][14] Some adherents of Eastern religions believe that amen shares roots with the Sanskrit word, aum.[15]. There is no academic support for either of these views.

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    assalamu 'alaikum
    i m a new member of this forum Al'hamduliLLAH.
    Can you please refer to the Books or sources? @Detainee...

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