Use Of The Term ‘Khuda’


Those readers from an Indo-Pak background will be familiar with the use of the term ‘Khuda‘ for the name of Allah (Most High) in everyday speech. I was recently reading something regarding its being permissible to use this name, as its original meaning in Persian does not contradict with Muslim beliefs. None other than the great Imam al-Razi in his Tafsir al-Kabir (1/170) had the following to say about the origin of this word,

Their statement in Persian “Khudayi” means that He is necessarily existent (wajib al-wujud) due to His essence. This is because or statement “Khudayi” is a compound word made up of two Persian words. One of them is “Khud” which means: the essence of something, its person and its reality.

The second is “Ayi” whose meaning is: He came.

Thus our saying “Khudayi” means that He came by Himself, which is an indication to that He is existent by Himself and due to His essence, not due to another. Based on this the understanding of the term “Khudayi” is that He is existent by His essence.

Taken from Qamus al-Fiqh (1/421) of Mawlana Rehmani.

One comment

  1. Jazak Allah, this is interesting. See also the relevant section in Al-Fiqh al-Akbar where Imam A’zam mentions khuda, and IIRC Mulla Ali al-Qari al-Makki in his sharh comments on this as well.

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