6 Words Everyone Should Know: Muslim Slang 101

Do you speak Muslim? Muslims get this question many times. A lot of people think all Muslims have a common language. Fortunately, that is not the case. The official liturgical language of Islam is Arabic, but that does not mean all Muslims actually speak it. Even though many Muslims speak other languages than Arabic, there are a few words that we all know and that we use on a daily basis. This is an article for all the people out there who once got confused when their Muslim friend used ‘Muslim slang’.

As-salamu Alaikum

This one is very well known by both Muslims and non-Muslims. It means ‘peace be upon you’. You might think: When do you guys even use this? ‘As-salamu Alaikum’ basically replaces the classic ‘hello’ or ‘whassuuuuuuup bro?!’. We use it when meeting or greeting people and we also use this one when saying goodbye. Depending on where you live and on whether you are a man or a woman, it can be accompanied by a handshake, a hug or 24 kisses.
Fun fact: for the more advanced people there is also ‘Asalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh’, which is used in the same situation. But you add something more to the meaning. This extended version means ‘May the peace, the mercy, and the blessings of Allah be upon you.’

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Mash’Allah

‘Mash’Allah’, mainly used by girls when being around each other. It basically means ‘What Allah wants, He gives.’ Muslims use this to praise people when Allah has blessed or honoured them with something. Many people overuse this word a lot.
‘Mash’Allah your manicure is so pretty’
‘Mash’Allah you finished that computer game!’
‘Mash’Allah your new shoes look so nice’

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Insh’Allah

This one can be used in two different situations. The actual use of this word is when you make resolutions or when you plan on doing something. Because ‘Insh’Allah’ means ‘if Allah wills’. But parents all over the world have inherited this word to train their kids not to whine when asking for something.
‘Mom, dad can I go to the movies tomorrow?’
‘Insh’Allah.’
We used to think that this means that they put the trust in the hands of Allah, but growing up we all know that it actually means no.

Subhanallah

If you are Muslim and you’ve ever watched National Geographic with your grandparents you have probably heard of this word before. SubhanAllah means ‘glory to Allah’, which is used in many situations. For example when you witness something beautiful, this is where you praise God for His Creation. But it can also be used when witnessing someone who is being very ignorant towards something that was created by Allah.

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Astaghfirulah

When a Muslim wants to ask Allah for forgiveness he will say ‘Astagfirullah’. It literally means ‘I ask Allah for forgiveness.’ The funny thing is that it is meant to use this word for mistakes you made yourself but many people like to use this word to judge others for their ‘mistakes’.
‘Astagfirullaaaaaaaaah sister, your hijab doesn’t cover your hair properly!’

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Allahu Akbar

Many people have ruined this word for us in a way that we can no longer say it out loud in airports or in public transport. People who do not understand the meaning think it is some kind of shout terrorists use, but the actual meaning is ‘Allah is the greatest’. Muslims use this when they approve of what they hear or when they witness something beautiful. It has such a beautiful meaning, too bad some people have messed up this word and its meaning.

So next time you hear Muslims use one of these words: no need to get confused or scared. These are just sayings we use on a daily basis. If you really want to know the meaning of something your Muslim friend says, just ask. We do not bite… nor bomb. Chill.

Written by Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber is a 21-year-old student with strong opinions on pretty much everything. Feminism, literature and fashion are her main fields of interest.

  • Sumit

    Ahlamdullilah

  • GRACE KELLY HAS CLASS

    The last bit is called a ‘Takbir’ – like the xtian ‘Hail Mary’ really …

  • Arsene Wenger

    Good article, but I’m not sure about saying insha Allah means no, even when your parent says it

    • Shahfizal Musa

      Well in Malaysia, it still a polite way of declining something. So I can relate to that. But there are increasing number of people who regard Insya Allah as a binding promise that you should never break unless you are bleeding to death

    • Abdulah Mohamed

      As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم)
      I live in Indonesia and the same here Inshallah ( إن شاء الله,) is used as a way of polite say NO, it is one of my biggest pet peeves. If you don’t want to do something just say NO.

      • smartalek

        Sounds like it’s the Indonesian equivalent of the Japanese “Hai,” which ostensibly literally translates as “yes,” but often, in practice, actually means, “I have heard you, and I understand what you are asking for, but there’s no way in hell you are going to get it, so best to just give up on it and seek something else instead.”

  • Ismail A.K.

    I Enjoyed this article. True and very funny. Keep up the good work. 👍

  • Bob Johnson

    I just cal these filthy turds muck mucks!

    • Bob Johnson

      Hoping all the while they don’t like it!

    • Abdulah Mohamed

      As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم)
      I pray for you brother, your stupidity is very wrong.

      • MadMaxx63

        Lalalalala…boom! Your religion is very wrong!

        • JadeV

          Leave Muslims alone you racist, I’m not Muslim but I’m standing up for them, if sorry to any Muslim that was offended

          • MadMaxx63

            I honestly don’t care what you think because you obviously don’t…but what would you call a religion that has waged war on the world for over 1200 years and preaches intolerance of ALL other religions? I didn’t risk my life for two tours in the Middle East just to have Al Fallujah handed back over to the the Muj because their people don’t have the balls to stand up to their own…but they do have the balls to stand up to all others to defend their religion. Religion…the biggest loss of life for any cause on this planet, in the history of man!

          • DJ Cross

            Hey fuckstick, Muslim ISN’T a Race & therefore he can’t be Racist.
            God you fuckers are dumb as a fucking rock.
            If you think that you are safe as a supporter of Islam, you’re wrong. You are still an Infidel to them & they will kill you if they get chance.

      • DJ Cross

        Elif air ab dinikh, fatah

  • Piss be Upon Him

    If you ever hear anyone say “Allahu Akbar” pick up the nearest brick and smash them in the face with it. Don’t hang about wondering if they are carrying a Machete or a bomb. Just attack, before they have a chance to kill anyone.

    • Abdulah Mohamed

      As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم)
      Again I pray for you, if you where a real man/woman you would not hide behind a false name like “piss be upon him”. Just shows your ignorance. Grow up

      • MadMaxx63

        He’s allowed to have disdain for your culture just as much as your culture has disdain of ours!

    • DJ Cross

      I do this OFTEN.
      I love being deployed as I get to kill Muslims, even though we have to wait for them to shoot at us first & we all know how much they love to kill anyone who isn’t a Muslim.

      Best thing I have ever done was piss on a Qu’ran right in front of a village of Sunni Muslims.
      They were pissed & later they TRIED to attack us which ended badly for all of them.
      Airstrikes are a great tool to use against Muzzies, towelheads, goatfuckers, Inbred incest lovers…lol

      • smartalek

        Charming.
        Thank you for so well representing the worst of the west.
        Fortunately for all our sakes, you are the minority.
        (Ironic, ain’t it?)
        Even here in Trumpland, there are more of us, who are peace-loving, accepting, respectful (even as I disagree with the main tenets of their belief system), than there are of ignorant goat-fucking haters such as you.
        And in the unlikely case that your little fantasy of disrespecting your host country was actually true, it pleases me to know that you just violated your own branch’s mission — possibly even got one or more of your mates (again, assuming you’re actually “deployed,” and not just another yellow-elephant Keyboard Kommando, which is more likely) killed.
        And THAT makes you “objectively anti-American.”
        Stupid microcephalic loser.

        • DJ Cross

          I have deployed to the sandbox a few times but I would not expect a Muslim loving, Planned Parenthood reject, Liberal such as yourself to understand that.
          I will always take out any Muslim who tries to kill me or any of my soldiers.
          Iraq or Afghanistan are not ” Host Countries ” they are Combat Zones.
          And talking about taking a Muslims life in combat is NOT violating any rule or regulation.

          So you accept these Muslim Terrorists Running & Gunning down our own people?
          Nice to know what side you are on.
          I take it that you know very little of Islam & have never lived in any Islamic country. I have, 4 to be exact.

          Maybe if you retracted your microcephalic head from your own ass, you may just understand the Real world & not the fantasy one you live in.

          Now, you little cock knuckle, you can go back to molesting kids & banging your mothers worn out, old pussy to pay for your room at you Mommy & Daddy’s house.
          Little women like you make me laugh.
          Oh! and if you are going to try to insult me, can you do a better job?
          I believe I deserve better insults than what a teenager can spew….lol

          Good day Ma’am.

  • AS

    This isn’t a very feminist viewpoint, especially when so many Muslims these days fight for equality and against discrimination; I don’t know where they came up with mash’Allah being used “mainly by girls.” Where are the stats on that, and what sources could you have been looking at to come up with that conclusion? The examples for this one are pretty self-discriminatory too. First, girls mainly use it? Then, they use it for congratulating someone on their computer game, shoes, and/or manicures? How about praising someone for a good grade, beating their mile-time, or acing that interview? Hopefully there will be more thought-provoking articles, iA.

    • DJ Cross

      Eyreh be afass seder emmak

  • Abdulah Mohamed

    As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم)
    Nice article too bad people that don’t appreciate articles had to weigh in on the topic, just shows the ignorance of people.

  • The words mentioned aren’t really words to express any ideas, they are automatic conditioned responses like the salivation of pavlovian dog. These words don’t express anything. And the list wouldn’t be complete with out “Alhamdolilah”, and “Jaza kallah”.

  • Kirstn Tatar

    Now I feel silly… I’m a revert and I use Insha’Allah to sincerely mean “I hope so/to…”. I even get looks from native born Muslims like, what is that woman saying?!?

    • WeeboPenguin

      The use of the phrase Insha Allah ( meaning “If Allah wills”) was originally meant for “I hope so”, so there’s nothing wrong if you say that.
      But it is also used so often by parents when they really want to say “no” but don’t want to see their kids whining. That’s why it became a sort of an inside joke

  • MadMaxx63

    I’m curious as to how you can be Muslim and a feminist Ms. Saber?

    • interesting to read the answer of Ms Saber.

  • Branon Lamphere

    I’m not scared, Muzzy words make me burn for Holy Crusade 😆😆😆😂😂😂😜

  • Johhny

    Please don’t pray for me, pray for the millions of innocent people who were killed by jihadists around the world in the name of the ‘religion of peace’. Primitive ignorant barbaric scum at best backed by the most harmful and repulsive ‘religion’. A plague which needs to be cleansed and will be wiped off the face of the earth…

  • Vic

    Miss Latifa Saber, I grew up believing that all the words you have referred to are Arabic language words spoken by most Egyptians (whose native tongue is Arabic) regardless of religion. Yes there are a couple of exceptions that tend to be used more by Moslems than Christians or Jews. I also would point out that the word Allah is an Arabic word that means God in English and is used as such by all Egyptians regardless of religion.

  • smartalek

    See, now, this is exactly why I both respect, and could never possibly adopt, the Islamic belief system:
    You will of course have noticed that five of these six essential phrases mention Allah.
    Which makes perfect sense, for an ethos of total submission.
    If the *only* reason you even exist is to be uniformly, utterly, eternally subservient to your Creator, then yes, it would stand to reason that your every thought, your every act, your every expression, must be centered upon Him.
    But if the Almighty wanted to create a race of robot sheep, He should — and would — have created robot sheep, not human beings.
    Feel free to live your lives as slaves, and more power to you all for doing so — that’s irony.
    This, however, is not irony: I totally respect someone who can actually live such a life of complete subservience.
    I stand in awe of those of you who are successful in such self-denial.
    (Though, to be perfectly honest, I don’t get the sense that too many of you are all that successful at it, in practice. Seems to me that it’s more of an ideal at which to aim, far more often than an attainment actually achieved.)
    Me? I’m no slave, and would never, could never be one, nor wish to be.
    (Seems to me to be even worse than the Buddhist goal of utter self-abnegation and erasure.)
    And if that dooms me to some kind of hell, whether it turns out to be the Muslim one, the Christian flavor, or any of the million-and-one other perditions that have been envisioned over the millennia, so be it. I’ll at least have gone there a free soul.
    Better to die on my feet, than to live on my knees.
    Your mileage, obviously, varies — considerably.

  • Eich-Heysheymi Eysheyjeem
    Maha-Shaytaan
    Eich-Shaytaan
    Hibyeneyshey
    Eichteyfauey-Shaytaan
    Shaytaanhi Akbar

  • Aayisha

    I am gonna convert to muslim because I love Islam… And I always love a musilman…

  • Aayisha

    Ur website helped to learn about Islam… Thank u… Continue doing it

  • Mark T.

    Wow this is madness. I’m a Christian, but what is this? You guys are deranged, desperate, sad souls. I am disappointed in the US and Christianity right now. On behalf of Christians everywhere, I apologize to the Muslims for all of this…horrid mess. (I’m talking to Piss be Upon Him, DJ Cross, smartalek, and others. Sorry.