Saturday, May 30, 2009

What are you saying to Me? - Common Words and Phrases

Insha' Allah this will be helpful to new shahadahs(and all Muslimahs). When I first took my shahadah I wasn't sure what some of the words, phrases and appropiate responses were. Here are a few common ones, check out our New Shahadah Video on YouTube for the video that goes with this blog(being posted later on today, insha' Allah).

Common Phrases

Asalaamu alaikum - May peace be upon you
Wa alaikum salaam - May peace be upon you too
Asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatu - May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon you
Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatuallahi wa barakatu - May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you too
Kaifa halak/Kaifa halik - How are you to a man/How are to a woman?
Alhumdulilah ana bekhair - Thanks be to Allah, I'm fine
Audhu bi allahi min al shaitani rajeem - I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed shaytan
Lā ilāha ill-Allāh - There is no God but Allah
Muhammed rasool Allah - Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Sallah allahu alayhi wa salaam(saw) - Peace be upon him(say this after you say Prophet Muhammed)
Radhi Allahu anhu - Allah be pleased with him
Subhan wa ta 'ala - Glory be unto the Most High
Alhumdulilah - Thanks be to God
Bismilah - In the name of Allah
Subhan' Allah - Glory be to God
Masha' Allah - As Allah wills
Fisabilillah - For the sake of Allah
Jazakallah khair - May Allah reward you
Insha' Allah - God willing
Allahu akbar - God is Great
Astighfirallah - I seek forgiveness from Allah
Allahu Alum - Allah knows best

Common Words
Shukran - Thank you
Afwan - Your welcome
Masjid - Mosque
Salah/salaat - Prayer/prayers
Dua -
Supplication/personal prayer
Wudu - Ablution/purification before prayer
Ghusl - Full wudu
Adhan - Call to prayer
Shahadah - Declaration of faith
Rasool - A messenger, a prophet given scripture
Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca once a year
Umrah - Pilgrimage to Mecca not made during the time for hajj
Islam - Submission to Allah
Iman - Faith
Imam - A leader, someone who leads the prayer
Akhira - The hereafter
Dunya - The physical universe, the world around us, worldly
Fitna - Trials/tests
Deen - Religion
Dawah - Call to Islam
Haraam - Forbidden
Halal - Permissible
Fard - Obligatory
Hadith - Sayings or traditions of the prophet (saws)
Sunnah - The example of the prophet (saws)
Na'am - Yes
La - No
Akhi - Brother
Ukhti - Sister
Hijab - Covering
Khimar - Head scarf
Niqab - Face veil
Muhajaba - Woman who wears hijab
Muntaqaba - Woman who wears niqab

Asalaamu alaikum


  1. Let me go get my notebook so I can take some notes here....very nice

  2. As Salaam Alaykum

    After awhile many times these phrases become so common in one's speech we tend to forget a time we didn't know these things.

    May Allah reward you for posting this info.

    btw, I see a couple mistakes.

    It's "Allahu Alam" not Allahu Alum.
    It's "Astaghfiruallah" with "a" not an "i" not Astighfirallah.

    I never heard anybody use the phrase muntaqaba. I mostly hear niqabiyyah (plural)or niqabi (singular).

    Ma'as Salamah

  3. Assalmu alaikum, thank you so much for sharing this and may Allah SWT reward you! :)

  4. You guys are so awesome for doing this. Thank you fo taking the time! Love you.

  5. Ah, Shukran! This definately helps me out a lot because i'm new to the deen.

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