Subhan Allah

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Subḥana’llāh (Arabic: سبحان الله‎) is an Arabic phrase often translated as "Glorious is God".

Phrase[edit]

The phrase can be translated as "Glory (be) to God". For example it says; "SubhanAllahi ammaa yasifoon"[1] "Glory be to God (who is free from) that which they describe" and "SubhanAllah ammaa yushrikoon"[2] "Glory be to God from what they associate with him."

It is also often cited during the Islamic prayer (salat), or during the sermon (khutba) in the Mosques.

The statement testifies to removing any anthropomorphic elements or associations with God, as al-Razi says in his Mukhtar al-Sihah, (تنزيه tanziyh).

A Christian counterpart is "Hallowed be your name" in the Bible, Matthew 6:9.[NB 1]

Qul hāḏihi sabīl-ī ʾadʿū ʾilā l-lāhi ʿalā baṣīratin ʾanā wa-mani ttabaʿa-nī wa-subḥāna llāhi wa-mā ʾanā mina l-mušrikīna[3] ("This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.")

قُلْ هَـذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَاْ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ (This is my way; I invite to Allah with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is Allah ; and I am not of those who associate others with Him.)[4]

فَلَمَّا جَاءهَا نُودِيَ أَن بُورِكَ مَن فِي النَّارِ وَمَنْ حَوْلَهَا وَسُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ "But when he came to the (fire), a voice was heard: 'Blessed are those in the fire and those around: and glory to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.[5]

Subhan'Allah is also part of the tasbeeh which is read 33 times. It is said as a way to gain rewards and become closer in obedience to Allah.

Other interpretations[edit]

"Subhan Allah" is also defined concisely in among the most well-trusted Hadith sources - namely, Sahih Bukhari, VBN 5, 57, 50.[6] In this Hadith, the quote "Subhan Allah!" is defined as - "Subhan Allah! Subhan Allah! (i.e. Glorified be Allah)."

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ قُلْ هَـذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَاْ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ ( To God for the vision and I follow me 'and Hallelujah' and I am not of the idolaters )

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://quran.com/37/159 37:159
  2. ^ http://quran.com/52/43 52:43
  3. ^ Quran 12:109
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Quran-12-109 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Quran 27:8
  6. ^ http://www.sahih-bukhari.com/Pages/Bukhari_5_57.php