Tariq

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Tariq
Pronunciation [tˤaːˈrɪq]
Gender Male
Origin
Language(s) Arabic
Meaning

Striker,

Star,

Etymology[edit]

The word is derived from the Arabic verb (Arabic: طرق‎, ṭaraqa) meaning to strike, and into the agentive form (Arabic: طارق‎, ṭāriq) meaning striker.
It started to get used as a name after Tariq ibn-Ziyad, a military Berber leader who conquered Iberia (Spain and Portugal) in 711 AD.

Meaning[edit]

Ṭariq is used in classical Arabic for the one who travels at night time —a night visitor— as the bedouin Arabs normally found it that a traveler from long distances would usually arrive at night avoiding the scorching heat.

It refers to someone who comes in the middle of the night and knocks on the door. The linguistic idea behind it being: the coming at night, and the calling to attention or surprise.

Literature[edit]

In Arabic literature, the use of the word appears in several places including most-notably the Qur'an, where ṭāriq referred to the brilliant stars at night in (At-Tariq, verse 1).[1] Stars can be eloquently referred to as Tariqs because they come out at night,[2] and it is the common understanding of the word nowadays due to the Qur'an.
We can also find it in many poems. For example, from the famous poets Imru' al-Qais and Jarir ibn Atiyah.[3][4]

Given name[edit]

Tarek, Tarec, Tarééc[edit]

Tarick, Tarık, Tarik[edit]

Tareq, Tariq[edit]

Surname[edit]

In fiction[edit]

Places[edit]

  • Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Aṭtāriq (جبل طارق), meaning "Mountain of Tariq".

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