One of the challenges facing New Muslims (as well as non-Muslims) is understanding the many phrases and words used by Muslims in nearly every conversation throughout the day. Because Islam is not just a religion but a way of life, it permeates every aspect of our living, and especially our language. On this page, we will, Insha’Allah (God Willing), unveil the mysteries of Islamic Speech…

This page is currently being updated so please check back soon and Insha’Allah we will have it completed for you! There are many more words that we want to include in our glossary, Insha’Allah. For now we are just posting the most commonly used terms that non-Muslims or new Muslims are most likely to encounter.

The most important word:
Allah- The name for God in Arabic.


Alhamdulillah Thanks and praise be to Allah
Assalamu Alaykum Peace Be Upon You
Bismillah In the Name of Allah
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Beneficient
Eid A Muslim Holy Day (holiday)
Eid Mubarak Happy Eid
Insha’Allah God Willing
Jannah Paradise, the Best of Rewards, for the faithful followers of Allah (SWT)
Jahannum Hellfire, the punishment that awaits evildoers and nonbelievers
Janazah The Islamic rituals performed for the deceased
Muslim One who submits his/her will to Allah
Radiy’Allah Aynhu May Allah Bless him. (A different pronunciation is used for the pronouns “her” and “them”.)(Abbreviated in writing as “RA” or “R”)
Ramadan Karim, Ramadan Mubarak Two ways of saying Happy Ramadan
Salalahu Alayhi wa Salaam Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him. (Abbreviated in writing as “SA”, “S”, or “SAS”. Sometimes abbreviated with “PBUH” for the English: “Peace be upon him.”)
Subhanahu wa Ta’Ala He is the Most Exalted without Partners or Equals (Abbreviated in writing as “SWT”.)
Subhan’Allah! Glorified is Allah!
Tawhid Belief in the Oneness of Allah
Wa Alaykum Salaam And Peace Be Upon You As Well