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What does the word “Al-Qaeda” mean?

October 10, 2003.

The word “Al-Qaeda” has two part; (i) Al and (ii) Qaeda. “Al” is just an article and it is same as “the” of English. Click to learn more about “Al”.

“Qaeda” is an Arabic and Urdu word. In Arabic, it means the base, the rule, law etc. In Urdu, it has the same meanings as Arabic; but in addition to them, it has some others meanings too. Other meanings of “Qaeda” in Urdu are “habit”, “the first book of alphabets”.

When Osama bin Laden names his organization as “Al-Qaeda”, he considers its Arabic meanings only.