>>I'm not sure where this discussion is going but isn't there a
>>proposal to assign a single code to the Arabic invocational phrase
>>which translates into English as "In the name of God, the merciful,
>>the compassionate"? I will not attempt to count either the number
>>of letters in the Arabic original or the number of combining
ME> Yes, the Bismillah is under ballot. However it will have no decomposition.
Why not? Because it's considered to be a graphic?
BTW do you have a link to this proposal?
PS: As soon as the basmala gets in, I promise that I will try and
propose twenty other characters for Arabic ritual formulae, such as
"`alayhi as-salaam" (peace be upon him), "radiya llahu `anhu" (may God
have mercy upon him), the corresponding feminine variants, and so
on... they're not as frequent as the basmala, but still frequent. ;-)
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