Associated noun: adjacent, lateral part (of s) حَوْلٌ


قَالَ لِمَنْ حَوْلَهُ أَلَا تَسْتَمِعُونَ (Pharaoh) said unto those around him: Hear ye not? – Quran, 26:25

عن أنس رضي الله عنه ، قال : جعل المهاجرون والأنصار يحفرون الخندق حول المدينة ، وينقلون التراب على متونهم ، ويقولون : نحن الذين بايعوا محمدا على الإسلام ما بقينا أبدا ، والنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يجيبهم ويقول : اللهم إنه لا خير إلا خير الآخره ، فبارك في الأنصار والمهاجره On the Authority of Anas, he said, “The Muhajirun and the Ansar began to dig the trench around Medina, and carry away the soil on their backs, and would sing, ‘We are the ones who have given allegiance for Islam to Muhammad, for as long as we remain,’ and the Prophet, God bless him and grant him peace, would say ‘O God, there is no good except the good of the next life, so bless the Ansar and the Muhajirun.'”

تحذير مصري لإثيوبيا حول “سد النهضة” An Egyptian warning to Ethiopia concerning blocking the Nahdah dam – BBC News, Arabic

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In modern Arabic, حول has come to be used to mean “concerning”, as can be seen from the BBC quote above. This is an extension of its classical meaning “around”. This is due to the influence of European languages such as English, where “around” is often used with the meaning of “concerning”.