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Rabb is an Arabic word meaning Lord, Sustainer, Cherisher, Master, which in Islamic context refers to Allah. In the Qur'an, rabb is one of the usual names of God.

Pre-Islamic Arabia probably applied this term to its idols or to some of them. In this sense the word corresponds to the terms like Ba'al, Adonis, etc. in the Northwestern Semitic languages, where rabb means "much, great" [1].

In an older surah, Allah is called the "Lord of this House" (106:3).

Rabb is also mentioned in Sikh Scripture Guru Granth Sahib as one of the names for God and is one of the most widely used name to refer God in Sikh community

See also

  • Rabbi - Hebrew term that sounds much like "Rabb" and may have a similar etymology.
  • Rebbe - Yiddish term derived from the identical Hebrew word Rabbi. It mostly refers to the leader of a Hasidic Jewish movement.

References

  1. ^ A. Jeffery, The foreign vocabulary of the Qur'an, Baroda 1938, 136-7

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Etymology

Arabic Lord

Noun

Rabb

  1. (Islam) a title used for Allah

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