khayr

Associated verb: to be good خار

Examples

وَمَا تُقَدّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ الله And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with God – Quran, 2:110

عن عبد الله بن عمرو رضي الله عنهما ، أن رجلا سأل النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : أي الإسلام خير ؟ قال : تطعم الطعام ، وتقرأ السلام على من عرفت ومن لم تعرف On the authority of Abdullah b. ‘Amr, that a man asked the Prophet, God bless him and grant him peace, “Which part of Islam is the best?” He said, “Feeding (others), and giving salutations of peace to those you know and those you don’t know.” – al-Bukhari

المعارضة السورية ليست كلها خيرا ونظام بشار الأسد ليس كله شرا The Syrian resistance is not all good, and Bashar Assad’s government is not all bad – BBC News, Arabic

Did you know…

As may be seen from the above hadith, خير can mean good, better and best. The same is true of its opposite شرّ , which can mean bad, worse or worst. This is unusual in Arabic, where the comparative and the superlative are usually of the form أفعل .