Nabi Raza Abidi/The name decoded

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Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) has a very unique name, which intrigues many of the people who know him. Nabi is Arabic for prophet (Arabic: نبي). Muslims, particularly in the Arab World and the Farsi speaking societies, are not known to give such a name to their children. Raza, really Redha (Arabic: رضا), is for the holy title of the Eighth Infallible Imam, Ali ibn Moussa ar-Ridha, PBUH-3 (الإمام علي بن موسى الرضا، صلوات الله عليه-3). Redha is Arabic for "one who is always satisfied with God's will." Mir, which is the real surname of Nabi Raza, is Arabic for prince (Arabic: مير). However, Nabi Raza prefers to go by Abidi because this assumed surname ties him to the Fourth Infallible Imam, Ali ibn al-Hussein, PBUT (Arabic: علي بن الحسين، عليهما السلام), whose holy title is Zein al-Abideen (Arabic for The Ornament of the Worshipers. Arabic: زين العابدين، عيه السلام), hence Abidi.

In spite of his name, Nabi Raza is neither a prince nor a prophet: To all Muslims, prophethood was sealed with Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF, as he is the last nabi. Nor does Nabi Raza claim to be a nabi or a mir! Nevertheless, it is still an interesting name; utter it out a few times: "Nabi Raza, Nabi Raza, ..." What do you think?!

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