Barakah, Mubaarak, T a b a a r a k
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu.
Barakah. Mubaarak, Mabrook. Baarakallah. We use these words and also hear some Muslims using them.
What do they mean? And what is meaning of the lesson-rich word “Tabaarak“?
Let us try to understand and refresh ourselves, Inshaa’Allah.
Tabaarak comes from the root Baraka (ba-ra-kaaf) which means ‘a blessing’, ‘a bounty’.
Some of the words coming from the same root as Tabaarak are:
1. Baaraka meaning ‘to bless’. So when you say Baarakallah, it would mean ‘May Allah Bless You’.
2. Barakah means Blessing. The plural form of Barakah is Barakaat, blessings.
3. Mubaarak means Blessed. So when you say Eid Mubaarak, it would mean Blessed Eid or May Your Eid Be Blessed.
So what is the meaning of the key word Tabaarak?
Tabaarak means ‘to be hallowed’, ‘to be exalted’, and ‘to be blessed’. (Intransitive verb).
This word, Tabaarak, is used only for and of Allah, and none else!
The other word which is also exclusively used for Allah is Subhaanaka: Glory be to You, O Allah!
Let me highlight some connotations and manifestations of Tabaarak:
* Blessings are nurtured and generated.
* All blessings, all goodness comes from Allah and Allah only. Allah is the Source of all blessings.
* All benefits come from Allah and Allah only. Allah is the Source of all benefits.
* Blessings are consistently and continuously made available by Allah alone.
* Blessings are for all. Even to those who are ungrateful and rebellious towards Allah!
* Blessings keep on increasing.
* Blessings are infinite, and cannot be enumerated or counted.
Tabaarak signifies the presence of divine blessings in some object, and an increase of those blessings.
So now we know: only Allah has the right to blessings.
Some fickle minded people ascribe blessings (for example) to monkeys, to cows, to statues, to black thread, to humans, to graves, to stones, to flags, to scholars, to shuyook, and even to the dead! This, at best, can be described as the height of stupidity!
Allah is our Rabb, our Lord, our Creator, our Sustainer, our Nourisher, our Cherisher.
To ascribe barakah to anyone other than Allah is to create a false Rabb, a false Lord…!
So TabaarakAllah means BLESSED IS ALLAH, BLESSED BE ALLAH!
The word “Tabaarak” appears nine times in the glorious Qur’an. Four are mentioned here:
Blessed is Allah Lord of the worlds, Surah al Aaraaf: 5: 5
So Blessed is Allah, the Best of creators, Surah al Mu’minoon: 23: 14
Blessed is the name of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor, Surah ar Rahmaan: 55: 78
Blessed is He in Whose Hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent, Surah al Mulk: 67: 1
Let me conclude by saying that we, Muslims, have been given a great opportunity by our Benefactor, Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam), to say this du’aa during the Sajdah in our five times Salah:
اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ سَجَدْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَلَكَ أَسْلَمْتُ وَأَنْتَ رَبِّي سَجَدَ وَجْهِي لِلَّذِي خَلَقَهُ وَصَوَّرَهُ
وَشَقَّ سَمْعَهُ وَبَصَرَهُ تَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِين
“O Allah! I prostrate to You, I believe in You, I submit to You, You are my Lord. My face has prostrated to the One Who created it and shaped it, and brought forth its hearing and sight. Blessed be Allah, the Best of creators!” Read this
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February 12, 2013 - Posted by MuQeet | Asmaa ul Husna: Attributive Names, Reflections | Allah, Baaraka, barakah, Blessed is He, Blessings, Blessings of Islam, Glory be to Allah, Mubarak, Prophet Muhammad, Quran blog, Subhanaka, Subhanallah, Tabarak, Tabarakallah, Yassarnalquran
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