Our Name

Baraka means thank you in Wali, a Ghanaian language with approx. 140,000 speakers in north-western Ghana. However, the word Baraka also belongs to other languages and cultures, bridging divides that exist in our world today. Other uses and meanings include:


  • baraka, also berakhah, in Judaism, a blessing usually recited during a ceremony
  • baraka, also barakah, in Arabic, Islam and Arab-influenced languages such as Swahili, Urdu, Persian, Turkish, meaning spiritual wisdom and blessing transmitted from God; or in a Sufi context, breath of life
  • Baraka Bashad, meaning blessings be, originally a Sufi expression and also used in Eckankar
  • Baraka, means Blessing, a spiritual power believed to be possessed by certain persons, objects, tombs, in Arabic, Swahili, Urdu, Persian and Turkish
  • Baraka, a rarely used French slang term for luck, derived from the Arabic word
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