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Glossary of Islamic Terms

Common Arabic phrases and words used by Muslims; definitions of Islamic theological and historical terms
  1. Arabic Dictionaries

Islamic Phrases: Assalamu alaikum
Definition of the Islamic greeting phrase, "Assalamu alaikum."

Islamic Glossary: Allah
Glossary definition of the Islamic term "Allah," the proper name for God among Muslims.

Islamic Phrases: Alhamdulillah
A definition of the Islamic phrase " Alhamdulillah," used when Muslims thank God for blessings.

Islamic Abbreviation: A.H.
A definition of the Islamic abbreviation 'A.H.' (Hijrah year) with links to further information about the Islamic calendar.

Common Greetings for Islamic Holidays
Advice on common, appropriate greetings to give to Muslims during Ramadan and other Islamic holidays.

Islamic Abbreviation: SWT
When writing the name of God (Allah), Muslims often follow it with the abbreviation "SWT." What does this abbreviation mean and why do Muslims write it?

Islamic Abbreviation: SAWS
When writing the name of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims often follow it with the abbreviation "SAWS." What does this abbreviation mean and why do Muslims write it?

Islamic Abbreviation: PBUH
When writing the name of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims often follow it with the abbreviation "PBUH." What does this abbreviation mean and why do Muslims write it?

Islamic Phrases: Insha'Allah
Why do Muslims often say "Insha'Allah" when discussing events of the future? What does this phrase mean and how is it used?

Islamic Phrases: Masha'Allah
Why do Muslims often say "Masha'Allah" when admiring or praising something? What does this phrase mean and how is it used?

Islamic Phrases: Subhan'Allah
Why do Muslims often say "Subhan'Allah" when praising God? What does this phrase mean and how is it used?

Islamic Phrases: Fitna
Aside from being the title of a controversial film by Geert Wilder, the word "fitna" is a religiously significant term in Islam, with many depths of meaning.

Islamic Clothing Definition: Abaya
Definition of an "abaya," an outer garment worn by women in some parts of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Islamic Clothing Definition: Chador
Definition of a "chador," an outer garment worn by women in some parts of the Middle East, particularly Iran.

Ramadan Glossary
What do hilal, taraweeh, and iftar mean? Check the Ramadan glossary for common Islamic terms and their meanings.

Common Greetings for the Start of Ramadan
Advice on common greetings to give to Muslims at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

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