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إِذَا (idha)
"When" - It refers to a time in the future and is usually used as a conditional that joins two events together in time.
الأَرْض (ard)
"The earth" [noun]
ما (ma)
"What?" [noun] Note: This word has several meanings in Arabic. This is just one of them.
يَومَئِذٍ (yawma'idhin)
"On that day” [noun] - literally: “The day when…"
أَعْمَال (a`maal)
"Works" Plural of عَمَل (amal) [noun]
قَالَ (qaala)
"He said" [verb]
يَعْمَلُ (ya`mal)
"He does" [verb]
What are the advantages of beginning a description with إذا "when"?
- It makes the event being described certain to occur. “When Zaid comes…” means that there is no doubt that he will come.
- It creates anticipation in the mind of the listener to find out what will happen when the first event occurs.
- If the first clause of the conditional is prolonged with vivid descriptions, the listener is gripped in a state of fear, or hope, depending on the nature of the descriptions as he waits for the final response to these conditions.