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Some Arabic Phrases with Translation [For Muslims!]

As part of our Islamic mentoring activities at www.rafeeqee.com which we implore every Muslim who want to know more about the basics of Islam to join. We wish to enlighten ourselves on some Arabic phrases that we Muslims should know. Every Muslim should remember these essential expressions.
Note: Spellings may vary when translated to English

These expressions are mostly singular. For example to say ‘Jazak(i) Allahu Khair” to more than one person you would ‘Jazakum Allahu Khairan’ and to say ‘Barak Allahu feek(i)” to more than one person is “Barak Allahu Feekum”

Assalamu ‘Alaikum : السلام عليكم
when you meet a muslim
Translation: Peace be upon you


Wa’alaikum Assalam : وعليكم السلام

a Muslim greets you
Translation: And peace be upon you

Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh : السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
formal and great greeting to a Muslim
Translation: May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you

Wa’alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh : و عليكم السلام والرحمة الله وبركاته
a Muslim greets you
Translation: And peace and mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you


Hiyyak Allah : حياك الله

When greeting someone after Salaams
Translation: May Allah greet you (lit. May Allah preserve your life)

Bismillah arRahman arRahim : بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Before Making A Beginning
Translation: In The Name Of ALLAH, Most Gracious Most Merciful

Jazak Allah Khairan : جزاك اللهُ خيراً
for expression of thanks
Translation: May Allah reward you with blessings
(Reply: Wa iyak(i), wa iyakum; Trans. And you)

BarakAllahu feekum بارك الله فيكم or BarakaAllahu feek(i) : بارك الله فيك
Responding to someone’s thanks/ a way of expressing thanks
Translation: May Allah bless you
(Reply: Wa feek(i), Wa feekum; Trans.: And you)

JAZAKALLAHU KHAYRAN : جزاك اللهُ خيراً

This is a statement of thanks and appreciation to be said to the person who does a favor. Instead of saying “thanks” (Shukran), the Islamic statement of thanks is to say this phrase. It’s meaning is: ” May Allah reward you for the good.”

Reply of Jazak Allah Khairan:
Wa Antum Fa Jazakumullahu khayran. وَأَنْتُمْ فَجَزَاكُمُ اللَّهُ خَيْرً
(And you too, May Allah reward to with good)

Fi Amanillah في امان الله
By Way Of Saying Good-Bye
Translation: May ALLAH Protect You

Subhanallah : سبحان الله
for praising something
Translation: Glory be to Allah


Insha Allah Tala : ان شاء الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ

for expressing a desire to do something
Translation: If Allah wills/Through Allah’s will

Astaghfirullah : استغفر الله
Repenting for sins before Allah
I beg Allah for forgiveness

Masha Allah : ماشاء الله
for expressing appreciation of something good
Translation: As Allah has willed/Praise be to Allah

Alhamdulillah : الحمد لله
for showing gratitude to Allah after success or even after completing anything
Translation: Thanks be to Allah


Ameen : امين

the end of a Dua or prayer
Translation: May it be so


Sallahu ‘alayhi Tala Alahi Walahi Wa salaam : ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ

whenever say the name of Prophet Muhammad
Translation: Peace be upon him & his Family (Don’t say or write PBUH or S.A.W.)

‘Alayhi salaam : عليه سلم
whenever say the name of a prophet
Translation: Peace be upon him. (Don’t say or write A.S.)

Radi Allah Tala ‘Anhu : رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنه
whenever say name of male companion of the Prophet (Sahabi)
Translation: May Allah be pleased with him. (Don’t say or write R.A.)

Radi Allah ‘Anha : رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰعنها
whenever say name of female companion of the Prophet
Translation: May Allah be pleased with her.(Don’t say or write R.A.)


Radi Allah ‘Anhum : رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنهم

Plural form of saying companions of the Prophet
Translation: May Allah be pleased with them


Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon : إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

this is uttered as an expression upon hearing the news of some loss or some one’s death
Translation: To Allah we belong and to Him is our return


Aathama allahu ajrakom : عظم الله اجركم

uttered to family of deceased
Translation: may Allah make your ajer (reward) great


Shakar Allahu Sa’yikum : شكر الله سعيكم

uttered to people who attend aaza – when friends go to send condolences upon death of a person
Translation: May Allah accept that your effort

La hawla wala quwata illah billah Hil Ilyl Azeem :لاحول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم
during the time of troubles
Translation: There is no strength nor power except Allah

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A few more:

Rahimahullah – رحمه الله Allah have Mercy on him – you see someone in distress

Na’uzhu-bi-Allah – نعوذ بالله we seek refuge in Allah – showing your dislike

Fi sabeel illah – في سبيل الله in/for Allah’s cause/way – you give charity/help people

Ittaqillah- اتق الله fear Allah- you see someone doing a bad deed

Hasbi Allah – حسبي الله Allah will suffice me – you are in a difficult situation

Azhak Allah sinnaka – اضحك الله سنك May Allah keep you cheerful – you seek another Muslim with cheerful countenance

ALLAHU AKBAR : الله اكبر

This statement is said by Muslims numerous times. During the call for prayer, during prayer, when they are happy, and wish to express their approval of what they hear, when they slaughter an animal, and when they want to praise a speaker, Muslims do say this expression of Allahu Akbar. Actually it is most said expression in the world. It’s meaning: “Allah is the Greatest.” Muslims praise Allah in every aspect of life; and as such they say Allahu Akbar.

Dear reader, if there’s an Islamic phrase/ word that’s not included above, feel free to share with us down in the comments below in sha Allaah!! The more knowledge you give, the more rewards! Also please include the translation, and when its commonly used. I’m human, so if you’ve found I made a mistake, feel free to correct me. If you have any questions on any of the terms, don’t be shy to ask in sha Allaah!!
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Jazakumullaahu Khayra

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