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Meaning of few Islamic terms which are frequently used by Muslims. A person may frequently come across Arabic words like In-shaa-Allah, Ma-shaa-Allah and few others. For all those who are not so sure of what they mean, here is a list of commonly used words/phrases and their meaning.


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Arabic Terms with English Translation

  • Bismillah (بِسْمِ الله): In the name of Allah or with the name of Allah(used when beginning something)
  • La iIaha  ilallah :(لَااِلهَ إِلَّا الله) There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah
  • Muhammad RasulAllah:(مُحَمّدُ رَسْوْلُ الله)  Muhammad is the Messanger of Allah or Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger
  • Assalamualaikum :(اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ) Peace be unto you (When a Muslim meets someone, we start by Assalamualikum and its complete greeting is AssalamuAlaykum Wa Rahmathullahi Wa Barakatuh meaning peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you from Allah)
  • Wa’alaikum assalam وَعَلَيْكُمْ اَلسَّلَامُ)): And upon you be peace (Reply to Assalamualaikum)
  • Alhamdulillah (اَلْحَمْدُ لِله): Praise belongs to Allah (Usually used to thank God)
  • Subhanallah (سُبْحَانَ الله): Free(from imperfections) is Allah. (Generally used to express amazement)
  • Masha’Allah (مَاشَاءَالله): Allah has willed it(Used when congratulating a person or when talking about some good quality of a person)
  • In-sha’Allah (إن شاء الله):  If Allah wills it (Used when talking about any future event)
  • Allahu Akbar (الله أكبر): Allah is the Greatest (Generally used to express amazement when coming across any of Allah’s creations and mercies)
  • Astaghfirullah (أسْتَغْفِرُ الله): O Allah Forgive Me
  • Jazakallahu Khair (جَزَاكَ الله): May Allah reward you with good. (Used to thank a person)
  • Wa iyyaka – And unto you (Reply to the above)
  • Barakallahu feek (بَارَكَ اللهُ فِيْك): May the blessings of Allah be upon you
  • A’uzubillah or Nauzubillah  (أَعُوْذُ بِالله أَوْ نَعُوْذُبِالله): I seek refuge in Allah
  • Inna lillahi wa-innailayhi rajioon (إنَّا لله وَإنَّاإِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْنَ): Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return. (Usually used when someone dies or on hearing a loss or calamity)
  • Subhanahu wa ta’ala (سبحانه و تعالي): Free from imperfection and exalted is He (can be used when taking the name of Allah)
  • Sallalhu ‘alayhi wa sallam or  (صلى الله عليه وسلم  or ): May Allah honor Him and grant Him Peace  (Used when mentioning the name of Prophet Muhammad )
  • ‘Alayhi salaam (A.S) (عَلْيْهِ السَّلَامُ): Upon him be peace (Used when mentioning the name of other prophets (peace be upon them all))
  • Radhiallahu’anhu (R.A)(رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ): May Allah be pleased with them (Used when the name of any of the companions or wives of the prophet is mentioned)





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