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14 Phrases Used Daily By Muslims Around The World!

Even though the majority of Muslims around the world are not native Arabic speakers, the Arabic language remains a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. As a matter of fact, many Muslims who do not speak or understand Arabic at all (or so they think!) actually use Arabic phrases in their daily lives!

In this article, we have listed 14 Arabic phrases that are used daily by Muslims around the world. Knowing the terminology used by Muslims in everyday conversation might help you avoid those awkward situations when you believe you should know what something means but don't. Some of these phrases are also often used erroneously, so here is your chance to correct yourself!

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Glossary of Islamic terms: 14 phrases used daily by Muslims around the globe!

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1. Bismillah

Meaning: in the name of God (Allah in Arabic)

It is also the first word in the Quran and marks the beginning of each Surah (chapter) in the Quran (except for Surah At-Tawbah). It is known as the "basmalah". As Muslims, we should say it before we start doing anything. We should say it before we begin eating, drinking, entering a new location, etc.


2. Alhamdulillah

Meaning: All Praise (is) to Allah

Used to express gratitude to Allah and conveys satisfaction in whatever comes our way. After finishing a meal for instance, you can use this phrase. Also used frequently as a response when someone asks how someone is doing or how their day went, again to express gratitude to Allah and recognize that everything comes from Allah and we praise Him at all times, in all circumstances.


3. Ash-shukrulillah

Meaning: All Thanks to Allah

The meaning and usage are similar to Alhamdulillah.


4. SubhanAllah

Meaning: Glory to Allah. Or Glorify Allah

Used in a variety of contexts, such as when you hear something incredible and want to convey your awe.

Said anytime anything noteworthy occurs. Every time anything wonderful happens to us, we are reminded of Allah's Magnificence. When you see anything beautiful in nature, for example, you exclaim "SubhanAllah!" Because Allah is the Creator of all things.


5. Allahu Akbar

Meaning: God is Greater (than anything or anyone), i.e. He is The Greatest

Muslims use it in prayers, as a general expression of faith or thankfulness, and to remind themselves of God's Majesty and Might.


6. MashaAllah

Meaning: as Allah has willed

It also means what Allah wanted has happened. It is said to serve as a reminder that all good things originate from Allah and are blessings from Him. It is a positive sign. For example, you've recently become a parent - MashaAllah! You received your master's degree - MashaAllah!


7. Jazakum Allahu Khayran

Meaning: May Allah reward you with goodness

An expression of gratitude. When someone does you a favor such as giving you something, assisting you with anything, or explain something to you, you can use this phrase, which is like praying to Allah for them. Although this is the main form, there are some variants using other pronouns, such as: Jazaka Allahu khayran (for you, male), jazaki Allahu khayran (you, female), etc.


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8. InshaAllah

Meaning: If Allah wills.

Usually used to indicate to a future action being planned, as in "I will do this, if Allah wills it". It is mentioned in the Quran:

"And never say of anything, "Indeed, I will do that tomorrow," Except [when adding], "If Allah wills." And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, "Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct." (Surah al-Kahf, 18:23-24)

For example: InshaAllah tomorrow I will go to that class.


9. La hawla wala quwwata illa billah

Meaning: There is no power nor might except with Allah

Except with Allah's assistance, we have no capacity to do anything or change from one state to another. Although it is often used to convey discontent yet acceptance in adverse conditions beyond one's control, it is a great reminder that we can say at all times.


10. Ameen

Meaning: Amen, i.e. a declaration of affirmation.

It is found in both the Old and New Testaments. It is used as a closing phrase or answer to prayers in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For example: May Allah reward you with what is better - Ameen!


11. Yarhamuka Allah

Meaning: May Allah have Mercy on you.

It is stated after someone else sneezes and says "Alhamdulillah". This is reported to be the first word Allah SWT spoke to Prophet Adam (Peace Be Upon Him) as he sneezed.


12. Astaghfiru Allah

Meaning: I seek forgiveness from Allah.

When you believe you have sinned or done something wrong, you may use this phrase. It is a strong statement of Istighfar (asking for forgiveness). Read Prophet Muhammad's hadith on "Astaghfiru Allah" and begging for forgiveness.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him) used to say while prostrating himself:

"O Lord, forgive me all my sins, small and great, first and last, open and secret." (Muslim)

He (PBUH) used to say:

"O, Allah! You are my Rabb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favors that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon."

Allahumma Anta Rabbi, la ilaha illa Anta, khalaqtani wa ana 'abduka, wa ana 'ala 'ahdika wa wa'dika mastata'tu, a'adhu bika min sharri ma sana'tu, aba'u laka bini'maktika 'alayya, wa aba'u bidhanbi, faghfir li, fa innahu la yaghfirudh-dhunaba illa Anta.


13. Baraaka Allahu feek/feekum

Meaning: The blessings of Allah (be upon you)

It is a term used by Muslims to show gratitude, usually to someone else. It can also be used as a response to "Jazaaka Allah khayran".


14. As-salaamu 'alaykum (wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh)

Meaning: Peace be upon you (and God's mercy and blessings)

This is the phrase used to greet fellow Muslims and is used widely around the globe. It is also used by Arabic speakers who are not Muslim.


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