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س ب ل
General Root Meaning
cause, reason, way/path/road, necessity, means of access, responsibility, method/manner, plea to allege.
fi sabil Allah - in the way of Allah, in the cause of Allah, to carry the message of Allah.
ibn al-sabil - traveller, way farer, forlorn traveller.
salsabil - It is made up of two words: sal (ask, enquire about) & sabil (way), salsala - easy, sweet, rapid flowing water. As if it meant 'Inquiring ask your Lord the way to that sweet, easy palatable and rapid flowing fountain'. It is the name of a fountain of heaven.