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

PBS Film "New Muslim Cool" & Concert

This is the official Atlanta Screening of PBS's Dynamic new Film "New Muslim Cool". The screening will be followed by Question and Answer by the Producer & the Star of The Documentary Hamza Perez.

Following this will be a Benefit Concert Featuring: M-Team, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, Shaheed Tawheed, and Mustafa Abdul-Basit; some of the top Muslim artists in the nation.

About the film:
Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez ended his life as a drug dealer 12 years ago, and started down a new path as a young Muslim.

Now he’s moved to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M-Team.

Raising his two kids as a single dad and longing for companionship, Hamza finds love on a Muslim networking website and seizes the chance for happiness in a second marriage.

But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world, and challenge himself. He starts reaching for a deeper understanding of his faith, discovering new connections with people from Christian and Jewish communities.

NEW MUSLIM COOL takes viewers on Hamza’s ride through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places ---where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.

Please come and join us and bro Hamza on his journey in this film and reflect on our own journeys and those yet to be experienced! This will mark the first of a series of films we hope to bring to the ATL promoting the development of our cultural expression in Islam in North America. All proceeds go to the Risala Institute, Atlanta, Ga.


Saturday, June 6, 2009
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Georgia Tech Student Center - Ball Room (3rd floor)
350 Ferst Dr., N.W.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at

Insha' Allah we'll see you there!
Asalaamu alaikum
Nadira & Najwa