The Meaning of Yawm

The word yawm refers to a period of time. In common usage it refers to the time between the onset of dawn and sunset. It can also refer to a particular portion of time or hour in a day as in His saying, “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you and chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (al-Maidah 5:3)

It can also refer to periods of time greater than one day as in His sayings, “He arranges each matter from the heaven to the earth; then it will ascend to Him in a Day the extent of which is a thousand years of those which you count.” (as-Sajdah 32:5) “The Angels and the Spirit ascend to Him during a day the extent of which is fifty thousand years.” (al-Ma’arij 70:4)

The Spiritual Cure: An Explanation of Surah Al-Fatihah prepared and translated by Abu Rumaysah Page 106