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Bismillah. longest unicode character, from u/deleted on reddit "It's an Arabic ligature commonly used in Urdu. It was added so someone using an Urdu keyboard can type it easier."
The Basmala (Arabic: بسملة basmala), also known by its incipit Bismillah (Arabic: بسم الله , "In the name of God")1, is the name of the Islamic phrase bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful".

This is the phrase recited before each sura (chapter) of the Qur'an – except for the ninth.Notes 12 It is used by Muslims in various contexts (for instance, during daily prayer) and is used in over half of the constitutions of countries where Islam is the official religion or more than half of the population follows Islam, usually the first phrase in the preamble, including those of Afghanistan,3 Bahrain,4 Bangladesh,5 Brunei,6 Egypt,7 Iran,8 Iraq,9 Kuwait,10 Libya,11 Maldives,12 Pakistan,13 Tunisia,14 and the United Arab Emirates.15

In Arabic calligraphy, the Basmala is the most prevalent motif, even more so than the Shahadah.citation needed

In Unicode, the Basmala is encoded as one ligature at codepoint U+FDFD ﷽ in the Arabic Presentation Forms-A block.
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