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Friday, July 24, 2015
What does subhanallah mean?
The magnificent Arabic phrase Subhān Allāh is a delightful inspirational message.
The common translation is something like "All glory to Allāh" or "Praise the Lord!", but as is all too often the case with such simple translations, that rendering does not reveal the full magnificence of this marvelous phrase.
The Arabic root s-b-h can certainly mean to praise or to glorify, but in a deeper sense, this root also points toward a sense of swimming in something, or being immersed in something, or to be be floating in something, or to have something spread out in front of you as far as the eye can see.
Armed with these insights, we have a whole new vision of this word subhān... a delightfully expansive view, as though one is immersed in a vast sea which spreads out infinitely in all directions, a vast sea that one is floating in and the one is totally supported by. Oh, that is so beautiful.
What a powerful and magnificent metaphor this is for our existence in Allāh, portraying the vast Ocean of Allāh, and our utter dependence upon Allāh for all of our support.
The deepest loneliness arises when we forget that we are immersed in this Magnificent Ocean. The Ocean is not something to seek. It's already here. The challenge of life is to become aware of what we already have.