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Name mentioned at the beginning of the qurʾānic version of the story of the Seven Sleepers (see men of the cave ), where the Qurʾān states: “Or do you think the Men of the Cave and al-Raqīm were among our signs (q.v.) a wonder?” ( q 18:9).

The isolated mention in this passage with no other specification or occurrences of the term prompted an abundance of exegetical explanations and interpretations. One tradition mentioned in some commentaries attests that al-Raqīm was one of the four words in the Qurʾān that Ibn ʿAbbās (d. ca. 68/688; see companions of the prophet; ḥadīth and the qurʾān) could n…

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Tottoli, Roberto, “Raqīm”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00350>

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