Why some verses of Quran refer to God as a plural entity?
There are some verses in Qur'an which refer to God as a plural entity, like:> وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ> ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ > And **We** have already created man and know what his soul whispers to> him, and **We** are closer to him than [his] jugular vein (Surat Qāf 50:16)What is the reason for using plural instead of singular pronoun here?
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Hello there Alana
Actually, all verses in the Quran that refer to Allah use plural pronouns for one simple reason. The Quran was written this way to illustrate the difference between man and Allah. You would use singular pronouns if you were talking about normal men. But since in those verses it is referring to a higher entity that is greater than any man or creation, you use plural pronouns. So basically to illustrate the greatness of Allah and how that Allah is greater than any man or creation. Hope that answers your question! If you have any further questions feel free to message me.