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Common Expressions

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God bless - Masha’Allah

Meaning God bless, this expression is usually said after giving a compliment, in the same way that you say "bless" in English. It shows that someone is not envious of someone else’s fortune, and that God is the reason for that good fortune, e.g. "Your eyes are beautiful, Masha’Allah".

God willing - Insha’Allah

This very famous term, meaning God willing is the equivalent of the word hopefully in English. For example, "Insha’Allah I will get a promotion". Although the saying has a religious connotation, it is also used by Arabic speakers in non-religious contexts.

Clients may answer by saying: "Insha’Allah", if asked for example, if an appointment time is suitable or not. Usually their response would not be “yes” or “no”, but “Insha’Allah”, meaning “yes”.

Peace be upon you - Assalamua’alaikum

When meeting someone for the first time, use this greeting which means peace be upon you.

Please - Min Fadlak

When asking for something, you start or end your request with the expression “min Fadlak” which is a polite form of saying "please" (to a man - see Polite Terms for how to say "please" to a woman).

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