Islam, Jan - Mar 2007

Common Islamic Sayings

1. As-salaamu “˜alaykum (Peace be upon you) – By way of greetings

2. Wa alaykumus salaam (And peace be upon you) – In reply to the greetings

3. Bismillah (In the name of Allah) – Before making a beginning

4. Jazakallah (May Allah reward you) – For expression of thanks

5. Fi Amanullah (May Allah protect you) – By way of saying good-bye

6. Subhaanallah (Glory be to Allah) – For praising something

7. Insha Allah (If Allah wishes) – For expressing a desire to do something

8. Astaghfirullah (I beg Allah for forgiveness) – Repenting for sins before Allah

9. Maa shaa Allah (As Allah has willed) – For expressing appreciation of something good

10. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) – For showing gratitude to Allah after success or even after completing anything

11. Yaa Allah (Oh Allah) – When in pain or distress, calling upon Allah and no one else

12. Aameen (May it be so) – The end of a Dua or prayer

13. Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (To Allah we belong and to Him is our return) – This is uttered as an expression of sympathy of the news of some loss or someone’s death