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Blessing conferred by God upon humankind. The term has a wide range of meanings depending on context. Uncommonly pious individuals are endowed with it (as is the Quran). In popular Islam, merely possessing barakah is not sufficient to enter the ranks of the saints (living and dead)—one must be able to transmit it to ordinary mortals, who benefit both materially and spiritually. One of the most visible manifestations of barakah in popular Islam is the ability to perform miracles. In popular Islam, barakah has long been viewed as hereditary. It may be associated with specific places, things, and acts, such as certain foods, animals, plants, events, words, and gestures.

See also Popular Religion

Subjects: Islam.

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