Gentiles

Posted on 03/31/2012 by marina

GENTILES Arabic Ummi امي
(from umm, “a mother”) pl. ummiyan, lit. “Ignorant as new-born babes.” Hebrew . According to al-Baizawi, all the people of the earth who do not possess a Divine Book. In the Qur’an, the term is specially applied to the idolaters of Arabia.
Surah lxii. 2: “He (God) it is who sent unto the Gentiles a Prophet, amongst them to recite to them His signs and to purify them. And to teach them the Book, the wisdom, although they were before in obvious error.”

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam