Origin of the name BORAK.
Etymology of the name BORAK.
Meaning of the baby name BORAK.
From Arabic El-Borak
itself from Arab. bark (بُرق), meaning "lightning." (An
English and Arabic Dictionary, Catafago, 1873). In Persian mythology, this is the
name of the horse which conveyed
Mahomet to Jerusalem. The winged horse
is variously referred to using both feminine and masculine pronouns.
In the representation of Borak
given by D'Ohsson, which is said to be a faithful copy of that occurring
in Persian books, he appears with the head of a beautiful young woman
and the tail of a peacock not quite opened, and rising almost
perpendicularly. On his neck Borak has a collar, on his head a
crown, pendants in his ears, and his body is, as it were, swimming in
the atmosphere. Beneath are flames, and above are three angels
pouring out rays of light, whilst the fourth of them, who is in the
rear, carries a basin full of flames, and the fifth, names, Gabriel,
with youthful features and crowned head, as well as wings like the
others, appears to be the leader; but Borak has no bridle.
The body of the prophet Muhammad, who bestrides Borak, is so
covered with the celestial rays issuing from the hands of the angels who
surround him that only his foot in the stirrup beneath and a curious
kind of diadem which covers his head above can be seen. The portion of
the saddle-cloth which can be seen contains no inscription; and on
comparing this description with the subjoined drawing—which is an
accurate copy of a picture on glass sold in the Bombay bazar—it will
be observed that neither the prophet nor the angels are represented, but
only Borak with two green wings, above which there is a canopy bearing
the words Ya Allah, and the saddle-cloth bears the name of Allah
and those of Muhammad, A'ly, Fatimah, Hasan, and Husayn, the five
persons most venerated among the Shya'hs, whose names are also often
engraved on cornelian and other stones as well as amulets. They are
called the five "persons of the cloak," in Arabic, because,
according to certain Moslem doctors, the Almighty, desirous of crowning
the favours destined by Him for His favourite servants, sent Gabriel to
Muhammad with orders to the latter to assemble his son-in-law, his
daughter, and his two grandsons, and so prepare himself for receiving
the abundance of heavenly favours. (Journal of the Bombay Branch of
the Royal Asiatic Society, v.15, 1883)