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What is the meaning of Subhanallah?

بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

What is the exact meaning of ‘Subhanallah’ and in what context it is used in the glorious Qur’an?

There is no exact definition and translation of SubhanAllah in the English language.

Some have translated this phrase as ‘May Allah be exalted’ or ‘Allah is exalted’. However, the real meaning of SubhanAllah is ‘May Allah be raised’, ‘May Allah be free of what they attribute to Him’, and ‘May Allah be free of any deficiency’, especially the deficiencies that the disbelievers attribute to Allah. This is the context in which SubhanAllah has been mentioned throughout the Qur’an.

For example, Allah says:

“But they have attributed to Allah partners – the jinn, while He has created them – and have fabricated for Him sons and daughters without knowledge. Subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He and high above) what they describe.” (Surah Al-An`am, 6:100)

“Subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He and high above) what they say by great sublimity.” (Surah Al-Isra’, 17:43)

“Allah has not taken any son, nor has there ever been with Him any deity. [If there had been], then each deity would have taken what it created, and some of them would have sought to overcome others. SubhanAllah (exalted is Allah above) what they describe [concerning Him].” (Surah Al-Mu’minun, 23:91)

“Or have they a deity other than Allah? SubhanAllah (exalted is Allah above) whatever they associate with Him.” (Surah At-Tur, 52:43)

Courtesy: IOU

August 30, 2018 - Posted by | Qur'anic Phrases | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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