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CONCEPT OF GOD IN ZOROASTRIANISM


Zoroastrianism is an ancient Aryan religion that originated in Persia more than 2500 years ago. Though it has relatively few adherents, about one hundred and thirty thousand in the whole world, it is one of the oldest religions. Zoroaster was the founder of Zoroastrianism in the religion of Persia(or Faras) Iran, also commonly known as Parsi-ism. It is also known as the religion of fire worshippers and Magianism. [1]

 

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Introduction

God in Zoroastrianism is known as ‘Ahura Mazda’. ‘Ahura’ means ‘the Lord’ or 'The Master' and ‘Mazda’ means ‘the Wise’; hence ‘Ahura Mazda’ means ‘the Wise Lord’ or ‘the Wise God’. Ahura Mazda stands for God, in a strictly monotheistic sense. The word ‘KHUDA’ is the Persian word used for calling their god ie, Ahura Mazda.

 

Qualities of God according to the Dasatir

According to the Dasatir, Ahura Mazda has the following qualities:

  • He is One.
  • He is without an origin or end.
  • He has no father or mother, wife or son.
  • He is without a body or form.
  • Nothing resembles Him.
  • Neither the eye can behold Him, nor the power of thinking can conceive him.
  • He is above all that you can imagine.
  • He is nearer to you than your own self.

 

Qualities of God according to Avesta

According to the Avesta, the Gathas and the Yasna give various characteristics to Ahura Mazda such as:

 

Creator           Yasna 31:7 & 11
                         Yasna 44:7
                         Yasna 50:11
                         Yasna 51:7

 

Most Mighty   the Greatest
                         Yasna 33:11
                         Yasna 45:6

 

Beneficent     Hudai.
                         Yasna 33:11
                         Yasna 48:3

 

Bountiful        Spenta;
                         Yasna 43:4,5,7,9,11,13,15
                         Yasna 44:2
                         Yasna 45:5
                         Yasna 46:9
                         Yasna 48:3

 

See also

Introduction of Zoroastrianism; SCRIPTURES OF ZOROASTRIANISM; PROPHECY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD IN ZOROASTRIANISM; THE AQEEDAH OF TAWHEED; Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

 

References

[1] http://irf.net/zoroastrianism.html

[2] http://irf.net/zoroastrianism_concept_god.html

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