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The term sobhanallah

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in response to reader comment: just drop it

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 13, 2010 at 08:29

GIK wrote

>Hi Dhimmi (pbuh),

Oh Pbuh does this mean that Allah spoke to me too? Sobhanallah! but I'm not even an Arabian warlord and caravan raider and I do not have 23 wives!

>It's a pity Jasemin follows the religion of the arabs.

This might be the least of their problems. The Turks are the most confused people on earth and the Pakistanis are very close second

>Clearly it has taken that particular culture nowhere -

And it is sad indeed.

(yes, an astonishing sight - an arab admitting the cold, harsh truth.

Could you post this link again?

>Is this the correct time to use the term 'sobnallah'?)

Well the term sobhanallah (or sobhan allah) means praise god or god is above or god is far or god is beyond. But the beauty of the Arabic language is that such very Islamic term can be used as a form of exclamation of fake surprise and or sarcasm and this is when I use it.

And I will share this little story with you: One of my Arabic language teachers, who was a very pious Muslim with the little zibiba on his forehead which many pious Muslims have from praying too much and hitting their foreheads on the ground. He was the biggest munafiq or hypocrite that I have ever met. We used to meet for tea at a Cafe in Cairo so I can practice my Egyptian Arabic. The cafe was not very far from the campus of the American University in Cairo. And when ever a woman passes by that happens to wear a hijab and happens to be ugly he will utter the word: araf which I would translate as: disgusting and when ever an attractive non hijab wearing woman passes by he would check her out and then if she is pretty he will utter the word: Sobhanallah and you will see a smile on his face and then he would resume our conversation. I think this explains such term so well

>You would have hoped the Turks were a little bit more pragmatic in that regard and drop rather than embrace blinding ignorance.

Well like I say they are the most confused people on earth


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