Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi: rab(b)

desi4life

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English
In your experience is rab(b)/rabbaa "God" used equally by people of all religious backgrounds in these three languages, or is it relatively more commonly used by Muslims since it's of Arabic origin?

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  • Maharaj

    Senior Member
    Bundeli, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi
    Hindi speakers generally don't use this word for God. Maybe Punjabis use it more commonly than Hindi speakers as the words are frequently heard in Punjabi songs.
     

    desi4life

    Senior Member
    English
    Thank you both. Bollywood usage, especially in Punjabi flavored songs, made me wonder about this word. It might be the Sikh usage of rab/rabbaa that has made it more common among non-Muslims than Khuda or Allah.
     
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