The most common greeting in Arabic in the Middle East is “marhaba.” It is said as the first greeting on the phone, to people passing on the street, to guests coming into your home, and basically anytime you would say “hello” in any other country.

But what does “marhaba” mean? What is its origin? What is its essence?

I read that it originates from the ancient Aramaic language. “Mar” means Master or God. “Haba” means love.

Can you imagine if every time we said, “hello,” we were actually saying, “God is love?”

So, “marhaba” my dear friends!

How would your perspective towards others change if every time you said, “hello,” you actually meant God is love?

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.

V1 John 4: 7-8

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