Ability (istiṭāʿa)

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Istiṭāʿa (ability) in the Qurʾān is synonymous with qudra (power, q.v.) but, unlike it, is used only for creatures and never for the Creator because it necessarily implies a process on the part of the agent. It is the infinitive noun of istaṭāʿa, the tenth derivative form of the root ṭ-w-ʿ (to comply) which means…

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