Glossary

Hello there and Salaams (Peace: a greeting)!

I thought it would be useful to have a glossary page for those of you who don’t understand the Arabic terms I mention as I’m writing.  I have thought of omitting these terms for ease of understanding but it’s too big a part of me to completely disregard.  I hope the glossary is useful to you! If I’ve missed any out, please do let me know!

Bismillah: In the name of God (the Arabic calligraphy shown above says this)

Assalam alaikum or Salaams (shorthand): Peace be upon you! This is a universal greeting used by all muslims around the world,

AlhamduLillah: Praise the Lord

InshaAllah: God-Willing

Ameen: Amen

MashaAllah: God has willed

ﷺ: Peace be upon him, usually referring to the Messenger of God

JazkAllah, JazakIllah, Jazakamullah khairun: These words all mean thank you or literally- may God reward you with good.  The differences are due to the grammatical differences in speaking to a man, woman or many people.Shukran:

Dhikr: Remembrance of God through the tongue

Thank you

Fi AmanAllah- Goodbye or literally- Be in the safety of God

Ma Salaam: Modern Arabic for Goodbye.  It literally means peace be with you.

As I’ve said earlier, please do get in touch if you need me to clarify something in my writing that doesn’t come through because of an Arabic term that I’ve used.

I’m so grateful for readership that osnt familiar with Arabic and really don’t want to put you off reading my posts and would simply love to hear from you!

Take care.

Peace and love,

Sidra Ansari