Verbal nouns سَمْع ، سَمَاع ، سَمَاعَة
قَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَعَصَيْنَا وَأُشْرِبُوا فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْعِجْلَ بِكُفْرِهِم They said: “We hear, and we disobey;” And they had to drink into their hearts (of the taint) of the calf because of their Faithlessness – Quran 2:93
عن جابر بن عبد الله : أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : من قال حين يسمع النداء : اللهم رب هذه الدعوة التامة ، والصلاة القائمة آت محمدا الوسيلة والفضيلة ، وابعثه مقاما محمودا الذي وعدته ، حلت له شفاعتي يوم القيامة On the authority of Jabir b. Abdullah, that the Messenger of God, God bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whoever says when he hears the call to prayer, ‘O God! Lord of this complete call and the established prayer, grant Muhammad the intercession and bounty, and raise him to the honoured station you have promised him,’ my intercession for him will be permissible on the day of judgement.”
لقد بح صوتي من الحديث ومناشدة العالم بأن ينتبه إلى احتياجاتنا ولكن لا أحد يسمع My voice has become hoarse from talking and appealing to the world that they pay attention to our needs, but no one is listening – BBC News, Arabic
Did you know…
The verb سَمِع differs from the eighth form verb اِسْتَمَع in that the former is used both for intentional and accidental hearing, whereas the latter is just for intentional hearing. As such, سَمِع can be translated as both to hear and to listen, whereas اسْتَمَع is translated as to listen only.