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Khuda or Khoda (Persian: خدا ) translates to God from Persian. It is also currently a loanword in Urdu and Hindi, however, the Arabic word Allah is becoming more common for Muslims to use in the South Asia.[1]. Many Muslims are urging other Muslims to use the word Allah, not Khuda. The Pashto cognate is Khwdai (خدای).

Xwdai, Xuda etc derive from Middle Iranian xvatay, xwadag meaning "lord", "ruler", "master". Prosaic usage is found for example in the Sassanid title katak-xvatay to denote the head of a clan or extended household, or in the title of the 6th century Khwaday Namag "Book of lords", from which the tales of Kayanian kings as found in the Shahnameh ("Book of kings") derive. Semi-religious usage appears for example in the epithet zaman-i derang xvatay "time of the long dominion", as found in the Menog-i Khirad. Application of generic "lord" as "the Lord" is represented in the first entry in the Frahang-i Pahlavig and in the fourth and eighty-sixth entry of the Pazand prayer titled Sad-o-yak nam-i-khoda ("101 Names of God"). This usage reflects Avestan xvadhata- "self-defined", an epithet of Ahura Mazda. In Islamic times the term became the equivalent of Arabic Allah, i.e. "God".

The phrase Khuda Hafiz (meaning May God be your Guardian) is a parting phrase commonly used in Persian, Kurdish, South Asian Muslims, and Afghans.


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