mashallah  (ماشاءالله) Literally means ‘Whatever Allah (God) wills’. It is often used in occasions where there is surprise in someones’ good deeds or achievements. For example people say Mashallah when someone does very well in their […]


bismillah  (بسم الله) “In the name of Allah (God)”. It is a shortened version of ‘Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem’ (In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful) and it precedes all surahs (chapters) of the Quran […]


taqwa  (تقوى) Taqwa is a concept in Islam that is interpreted by some Islamic Scholars as God consciousness. It has many further understandings and interpretations. Taqwa may mean piousness, fear of Allah, love for Allah, and […]


sahih  (صحيح) Sound/correct/authentic. Used mainly to refer to hadiths and/or the books they were written in. The most famous sahih books are Sahih by Bukhari, and Sahih by Muslim. There are 6 recognised sahih books collectivly […]


Islam (إسلام) (1) A monotheistic religion with the second largest following in the World.(2) Submission (to the will of God) The Arabic word ‘Islam’ simply means ‘submission’, and derives from a word meaning ‘peace’. In […]


Iddah (عده) A woman’s prescribed waiting period after divorce or death of husband. It is 4 months and 10 days.If there was no period of iddah and the woman married another man and discovered she […]


Hadith (حديث) It means “something new” or a “talk”. In Islam, Hadith refers to that which is attributed to the Prophet (SAW) as regards words, actions or approvals, physical features and characteristics.


Ameen (آمين) Ameen is the Arabic version of the word Amen which has its origins in Hebrew and means ‘so be it’. Ameen is often said after a supplication (dua) with the spiritual meaning: “O […]

Alayhi Salam

Alayhi Salam (عليه السلام) Alayhi-salam means ‘Upon Him/Her Be Peace’. It is a respectable phrase said after mentioning a Prophet, an Imam or other very high-status figures. It is often represented by the acronym (AS), […]


(as) ((ع)) AS is usually in brackets (AS). It means ‘Peace be upon him’ in Arabic (Alayhi salam), and is said after the names of Prophets and Imams usually – for resepect. Prophet Muhammed usually […]