Āyah

1. Literally, sign. Many verses of the Qurʾān refer to Allah’s signs (Āyah-tul AllahThe proper name of God in Islam and in Arabic, referring to all of His perfect attributes at once. This name is a proper noun, and no other entity or being is allowed to have... More),...

Āyat al-Kursī

The title of verse 255 of Sūrah al-Baqarah, the second chapter of the Qurʾān which describes God’s majesty.  This verse is considered as being the greatest verse and is often recited when seeking protection, especially prior to travel.  Based on numerous...

Bismillāhir Raḥmānir

An expression meaning ‘(I begin) In the name of God, the All-Kind, the All-Merciful’.  This phrase opens all but one of the Sūrahs (chapters) of the noble Qurʾān. The exception is the ninth sūrah, at-Tawbah.  In Islamic teachings, Muslims are advised to...