Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Alláh-u-Abhá - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alláh-u-Abhá - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Alláh-u-Abhá (Arabic: الله أبها, Alláh-u-Abhá; lit.God is Most Glorious‎) is a greeting that Bahá'ís use when they meet each other.[1] Abhá is a superlative of the word Bahá',[2] and a form of the Greatest Name.[1] Bahá'ís are asked to repeat the phrase Alláh-u-Abhá 95 times per day, as described by Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, his book of laws.[3]"

1 comment:

  1. The Greatest Name is an Invocation and a symbol of Our Faith

    "Concerning your question regarding the 'Greatest Name': The Greatest Name is an invocation which means 'O Thou of Glories'! The word Baha', or "Glory", is a reference to Bahá'u'lláh. The Greatest Name is a distinctive mark of the Cause and a symbol of our Faith. The term of 'Allah-u-Abha, on the other hand, is a form of Bahá'í greeting, and means 'God the All Glorious.'"

    (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 266)

    there are other writings concerning the obligatory saying of Alláh-u-Abhá 95 times.

    5. The specifically revealed verse, which is to be repeated 95
    times a day between one noon and the next, is "Glorified be
    God, the Lord of Splendour and Beauty." (pp. 36, 39)

    (Baha'u'llah, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 57)

    From what I've gathered, the setting and usage have a lot to do with how it is to be translated. Maybe there are some choices in there as well.