Glossary

While you are reading my posts, you might frequently come across arabic words like Insha-Allah, Masha-Allah and few other. For all those who are not so sure of what they mean, here is a list of commonly used words/phrases and their meaning! 🙂

  • Bismillah – In the name of Allah (used when beginning something)
  • La iIaha  illa Allah – There is no God but Allah
  • Assalamualaikum – Peace be unto you (When a Muslim meets someone)
  • Wa’alaikum assalam – And upon you be peace (Reply to Assalamualaikum)
  • Alhamdulillah – Praise belongs to Allah (Usually used to thank God)
  • Subhanallah – Free(from imperfections) is Allah. (Generally used to express amazement)
  • Masha’Allah– Allah has willed it(Used when congratulating a person or when talking about some good quality of a person)
  • Insha’Allah– If Allah wills it (Used when talking about any future event)
  • Allahu AkbarAllah is the Greatest (Generally used to express amazement when coming across any of Allah’s creations and mercies)
  • Astughfirulla – Forgive Me Allah
  • Jazakallahu Khair – May Allah reward you with good. (Used to thank a person)
  • Wa iyyakum – And unto you (Reply to the above)
  • Barakallahu feek – May the blessings of Allah be upon you (I usually use this as a reply to Jazakallahu Khair)
  • A’udhubillah – I seek refuge in Allah
  • Subhanahu wa ta’ala (SWT) – Free from imperfection and exalted is He (can be used when taking the name of Allah)
  • Sallalhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (S.A.W) -Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him(p.b.u.h) (Used when mentioning the name of Prophet Muhammed(pbuh))
  • ‘Alayhi salaam (A.S) -Upon him be peace (Used when mentioning the name of other prophets (peace be upon them all))
  • Radhiallahu’anhu (R.A) – May Allah be pleased with them (Used when the name of any of the companions or wives of the prophet is mentioned)
I’d suggest for a better understanding you watch this video on common islamic phrases 🙂 .. For some reason I like the way the brother has made it! It made me smile! 🙂 May Allah reward his efforts 🙂
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4 thoughts on “Glossary

  1. MuQeet says:

    Dear sister, Assalamu Alaikum.
    Today i wrote an article and wanted to request you and all your readers to read it, insha allah.
    Its about Hajar and her inspiring role model:
    http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/then-he-will-not-neglect-us/
    jazakillah khayr and Eid Mubarak in advance.

  2. amjad ali says:

    absolutely important article for every muslim.
    Jazakallahu Khair for sharing with us

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