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Blessing
(754 words)

Prosperity or favor ( niʿma, baraka) bestowed ( anʿama, bāraka) by God; a wish, invocation or greeting asking for such a favor to be granted to someone else; or an expression of praise (q.v.) for God.

Blessings in the Qurʾān, as in the HebrewBible, partake in an ongoing, reciprocal covenant (q.v.) between humans and God ( q 5:7). God bestows blessings on human-kind, including the creation and ordering of life and the universe, sustenance, progeny, material wealth (q.v.), protection (q.v.), deliverance from enemies, and so on (R. Darnell, 50-4; q 16:66-83; 55; see creation; biology as th…

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Stewart, Devin J., “Blessing”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00053>



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