Aḥsant / Aḥsantum

An expression that translates to ‘well done’ or ‘well said’ depending on the action it refers to. Used the same as the phrase ‘good job’ in English.

Alḥamdulillāh

A phrase which means: ‘All praise is for God’, sometimes translated as ‘thank God’. This phrase has 3 parts:  Al = All of the Ḥamd = praise (and acknowledgment of beauty) Lillāh = belongs solely to Allah (God). AlḥamdulillāhA phrase which means: ‘All praise is...

Allāhu Akbar

An expression meaning ‘God is Greater (than can be described)’. This phrase is so important in Islamic worship that it has a title: takbīrThe title given to the phrase ‘Allāhu Akbar’, which translates to ‘God is greater (than can be described).’  Takbīr is the opening...

Āmīn / Ilāhi Āmīn

An expression of affirmation that translates most closely to ‘My God, may it be so!’ in English. It is the Arabic equivalent of the term ‘Amen’ used commonly in Christianity.Āmīn or its longer variant, ilāhi āmīn, may be said after the completion of a...

Astaghfirullāh

An expression meaning ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah’.  The word AstaghfirullāhAn expression meaning ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah’.  The word Astaghfirullāh is a portion of the phrase ‘Astaghfirullāha rabbī wa atūbu ilayh’ which is recited between the two...