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What does 'subha-n-allah' mean? I've often heard this being used within the Bangladeshi community, but it just occured to me that I don't know what it means. Where does it come from, and how is it written in arabic.

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Subhan'Allāh (Arabic سبحان الله) is an Arabic phrase often translated as "Glorious is Allah." You use it to express both your astonishment and gratitude in a situation where you think that the happening, or bounty, or unique situation can arise only out of the Glory of Allah Subhanatawala.

It is also a great and rewarding act to read this whenever you get an opportunity or after fard prayer (33 times).

Please take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subhan'Allah for further details. Or see http://islam.about.com/od/glossary/g/subhanallah.htm for a shorter version.

(Happy to answer you question, but you could get the answer by a simple Google search.)

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