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Just a little thought…

Bismillahhir rahmanir rahim:
بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful.

“Assalamu’​alaikum

warahmatullahi wabarakatu​h

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُ​هُ

May the peace, mercy, and

blessings of Allah be with you”

Yet again I am really feeling so bad at not having posted in a long time, IT problems; but Alhamdulillah it has been resolved. My sincerest apologies for that once again<3<3

Please could you all keep me in your duahs; May Allah strengthen my Imaan and keep me going strong. I have been feeling very week. Loneliness can really get to your soul, and it is hard being away from those that you love. Yet I know that Allah has placed certain obstacles in my path for a reason and I am choosing to be positive about it.

From tomorrow Inshaa Allah I will keep a “spiritual diary”… Lets see how that goes!

Fi Amanillah (في أمان الله) May Allah protect you

Ma’a salama   مع السلامة

S❤

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Bismillahhir rahmanir rahim:
بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful.

“Assalamu’​alaikum

warahmatullahi wabarakatu​h

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُ​هُ

May the peace, mercy, and

blessings of Allah be with you”

I am really feeling so bad at not having posted in a long time, but life has been really busy. My sincerest apologies for that <3<3

For the past few months I have been facing some inner growth and my own personal struggles. I took the decision to wear niqaab, which my family has fully supported Alhamdulillah without question. I have felt more at peace with myself than ever before, and as a Munaqabah (Niqabi) I feel stronger than ever that the west needs to be educated about what exactly women’s rights and oppression is. Should we as women not be allowed to choose? Is someone dictating to us how little modesty we may have not true oppression? As an unmarried woman living alone abroad I feel safer wearing my niqaab, and the respect I have been shown over here has brought me to tears many times. This decision was not taken lightly, and it does not mean that I am without sin or a perfect person. However it does feel natural and in the light of the state of fitnah that we are living in it really is a protection to me. Allah truly does know what is best for his Creation.

As a muslim woman I am so concerned for our younger generation. Arab parents are enrolling their children in private International schools in order to give them a good education which can prepare them for a good life and many possibilities. Yet some of these people entrusted to teach our children are more focused on westernisation and the disregard and disrespect towards Islam is appalling. The children are anglicised and values which should be instilled at a young age are corrupted. As a teacher I feel ashamed when I know that the children are not being encouraged to say bismillah before eating, to say Alhamdulillah when they sneeze. When a 3 year old can tell you that they only say Alhamdulillah when they sneeze at home and not at school – Na’oodhubillah. May Allah help us, and guide us, and protect us from Shaytaan.

I am not trying to start any uproars or sensationalism. I just really feel the need to share my experiences. I sincerely request that you keep me and our Brothers and Sisters in Islam in your Duahs.

Now on a lighter note: Ramadhaan is around the corner, and many people are starting to prepare themselves in many ways. Although it shouldn’t be the only time that we do, it is an excellent time for us to be giving charity. What I would like to propose is us doing small things for our loved ones. After all charity does begin at home.

Someone very dear to me often reminds me “do not tell of your goodness, it is bad to do so in Islam”. What is meant by this is that our good deeds we should kept hidden, not for show so that people can admire us which could lead to us developing arrogance and egotistic ways. I am very grateful whenever I hear this, as it helps to ground me. So make anonymous donations or in a way that it is not for show. The world does not need to know, it should be between you and your Rabb.

May Allah swt grant us all Hidaayat (guidance) and tawbah (forgiveness). May he guide us all to the straight path, and grant us to be amongst those who are conscious of Him.

Please keep me in your duahs that Allah grants me a good, healthy and loving marriage, and children In shaa Allah Ameen.

O my Lord! Grant unto us a spouse and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous
[25:74]
Rabbanaa Hablanaa min azwaajinaa wadhurriy-yaatinaa qurrata ‘ayunin waaj’alna lil-muttaqeena Imaamaa
رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
[الفرقان :74]

http://www.islamawareness.net/Dua/rabbana.html

Fi Amanillah (في أمان الله) May Allah protect you

Ma’a salama   مع السلامة

S❤

 

 

“Assalamu’​alaikum

warahmatullahi wabarakatu​h

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُ​هُ

May the peace, mercy, and

blessings of Allah be with you”

 

I know I have been AWOL for far too long… but now I am back Alhamdulillah❤❤❤

There are two things which I would like to share today:

  1. The lyrics of a Nasheed I am loving❤
  2. A Glossary of Islamic terms

The Nasheed is by Mesut Kurtis featuring Maher Zain according to the site where I got the lyrics but as far as I am aware it is Mesut Kurtis ft Irfan Makki. BUT the important thing is the meassage of Dhikr – rememberance of Allah swt.

I Think of You Lyrics & Translation

mesut kurtis feat Maher Zain

When the seasons change. In the monsoon rains. When a newborn cries. In a mother’s eyes. I think of You.

ربنا الرحمن مبدع الأكوان صاحب الجلال من له الكمال لا رب  سواه لا رب سواه (Our Lord the most Merciful Creator of the universe. Possessor of glory. To whom perfection belongs. No lord but Him. No  lord but Him.)

Miracles Are everyday. The moon will come as the sun will fade. Forever this way…

When the seasons change. In the monsoon rains. When a newborn cries. In a mother’s eyes. I think of You. I think of You

Chorus: سبحان الله ، سبحان الله سبحان الله ، سبحان  الله (Glory be to Allah. Glory be to Allah)

A seed that grows. From a tiny shell. Becomes a tree. Feeding you and me. Here for our needs…

هذه الأطيار تلكم الأزهار ونجوم الليل من صنع الله لا رب  سواه (These birds; those flowers; and the night’s stars; are all  Allah’s creation. No lord but Him)

When the seasons change. In the monsoon rains. When a newborn cries. In a mother’s eyes. I think of You. I think of You.

Chorus

English Lyrics & Melody: Irfan Makki Arabic  Lyrics: Salah Galal Arrangement: Walid Safwat ©  Awakening Records 2009

Lyrics are taken from http://www.islamiclyrics.net/mesut-kurtis/i-think-of-you/

 

Glossary of Islam

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (EDITED)

‘Abd (عبد) servant, worshipper, slave. Muslims consider themselves servants and slaves of God. Common Muslim names such as Abdullah (Servant of God), Abdul-Malik (Slave of the King), Abdur-Rahmān (Slave of the most Beneficent), Abdus-Salām (Slave of Peace), all refer to names of Allah.

Adab (أدب) Traditionally describes good manners, as in etiquette. For example, being courteous is good adab. However, the term can be used very broadly, and the proper translation would be “the proper way to go about something,” as in the example, Aadaab al Qitaal, or, “The Proper Way of Fighting in War,” (Qitaal in Arabic means mortal combat) in which the word “etiquette” does not befit the context. Literally meaning literature.

Adhān (أذان) call to salat (prayer), sometimes alternatively spelled and pronounced Azan, Athan and Adhan.

‘Adl (عدل) justice, especially distributive justice: social, economic, political, environmental.AH (هجرية)anno hegirae The Islamic calendar starts counting years starting from the time when Muhammad had to leave Mecca and go to Medina, an event known as the Hijra: July 16, 622.

Aḥad (أحد)literally “one.” Islamically, ahad means One Alone, unique, none like God. Al-Wahid is one of the names of God.

Aḥkām (أحكام)rulings and orders of the Qu’ran and Sunnah. Five kinds of orders: Wajib, Mustahab, Muharram, Makruh, and Halal. Singular Ḥukm.

Ahl al-Bayt (أهل البيت ) members of Muhammad‘s Household. Also known among Shia as the Ma’sumin (infallibles; spiritually pure).

Ahl al-Faṭrah ( أهل الفترة) people who live in ignorance of the teachings of a revealed religion, but according to the “Fitra”, the “Natural Religion” innate to human nature as created by God.

Ahl al-Kitāb (أهل الكتاب ) “People of the Book”, or followers of pre-Islamic monotheistic religions with some form of scripture believed to be of divine origin which were mentioned in Quran: Jews, Christians.Ākhirah (الآخرة) hereafter or eternal life

Akhlāq (أخلاق) The practice of virtue. Morals.Al-Ikhlās (الإخلاص)- Sincerety Genuine in religious beliefs.Al-Birr (ّالبر) Piety and righteousness and every act of obedience to Allah.

‘Ālamīn (عالمين) Literally “worlds”, humankind, jinn, angels and all that existsAlayhis Salam (عليه السلام) “Peace be upon him” This expression normally follows after naming a prophet (other than Muhammad), or one of the noble Angels (i.e. Jibreel[Gabriel], Mikaeel[Michael], etc.)

Al-Ḥamdu Lillāh or Hamdellah (الحمد لله) “Praise be to God!” Qur’anic exclamation and also same meaning as hallelujah.

Allāh (الله)The Arabic name of God.

Allāhumma (اللَّهُمَّ) “O God.”

Allāhu Akbar (الله أكبر) “Allah is the Greatest.” Islamic expression.

Ālim (عالِم) One who knows. A scholar (in any field of knowledge); a scientist (who knows science) or a theologian (who knows religion); similar to Japanese sensei, “teacher”.

Amānah (أمانة)the trust. Of all creation, only human beings & jinns carry the “trust”, which is free will.

Āmīn (آمين)Amen, a supplication meaning, “O God, accept our invocation!”.

Amīrul-Mu’minīn (أمير المؤمنين) In some countries like Morocco, a Amīrul-Mu’minīn or Commander of the faithful is the religious chief.

Āminah (آمنة) Muhammad’s mother. Aminah fell sick and died in Abwa, near Madina (then Yathrib) when Muhammad was six years old.

Al Amr Bi’l Maruf (الأمر بالمعروف) Islamic doctrine of enjoining right. There exists in Islam the (obligatory) principle of encouraging other people to do the right thing.

anfal (انفال)Property of the Imam

Anṣār (أنصار)”Helpers.” The Muslim converts at Medina who helped the Muslims from Mecca after the Hijrah.

‘Aqīdah (عقيدة) The Islamic creed, or the six article of faith, which consists of the belief in God, Angels, Messengers and Prophets, Scriptures, the Day of Judgment, and Destiny.

Aqīqah (عقيقة)Islamic practice of shaving the head of the newborn male and contributing the weight in silver for charity as well as 2 lambs. One lamb is slaughtered for a baby girl.

‘Aql (عقل)Intelligence, intellect, mind, understanding

Arkān singular rukn (ركن/أركان) The five rukn “pillars” of Islam. (See rukn)

A.S. (‘Alayhis-salām) (عليه السلام)This acronym evokes a blessing and is appended to the names of the prophets who came before Muhammad. It will also be applied to the mothers of those prophets. When following a woman’s name, the feminine form is ‘Alayhas-salaam.

Aṣl ( أصل ) (pl. usool) Root, origin, source; principle.

Aslim Taslam (أسلِم تسلَم)”Submit to Islam” (See dawah) (See: lan astaslem)

Asmā’ Allah al-Ḥusnā (أسماء الله الحسنى)List of God’s 99 names. According to a hadith, the one who enumerates them all will enter Paradise.

‘Aṣr (العصر)The third salat prayer. The time of the day before sunset and after noon. also means “era”.

Aṣ-Ṣirāṭ (الصراط) The bridge by crossing which it is determined (judged) whether a person would go to heaven or hell. How a person crosses the Sirat depends on what they have done in their life and what they have believed in.

al-Asharatu Mubashsharun bil-Jannah or just Asharatu Mubashsharah (Arabicالعشرة المبشّرون بالجنة or عشرة المبشّر, Transliteration: ‘Asharatul-mubashshirūn or ‘Asharatul-mubashshirūne bil Jannah): The ten companions of Muhammad who were promised paradise

‘Āshūrā’ (عاشوراء) Tenth day of the month of Muharram. It is the day God saved Moses and the children of Israel from the Pharaoh. The grandson of the prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussayn sacrificed his life along with 72 of his companions on the sand dunes of Karbala. It is recommended to fast during this day.

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum (السلام عليكم)The Islamic greeting; literally “Peace be upon you”; In addition, wa-Raḥmatullāhi wa-Barakātuhu (ورحمة الله وبركاته) means “and the Mercy of God and His blessing”. The response to this greeting is wa-‘Alaykum us-Salām wa-Raḥmatullāhi wa-Barakātuhu (و عليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته) –“And on you be the Peace and Mercy of God and His Blessing”.

Astaghfirullāh (أستغفر الله)”I seek forgiveness from God.” Islamic expression.

A’udhu billah (أعوذ بالله ’A’ūdhu billāh)”I seek refuge in God”. This is a paraphrase on the beginnings of the two last suras in the Qur’an.

Awliyā’ (أولياء)Friends, protectors, helpers, caretaker, maintainer. (singular: wali)

‘Awrah (عورة) The parts of the body, male or female, must be covered in public but not between spouses, such as, body parts must be concealed of a woman before non-related men.(non-related men means she can marry those men lawfully).

Āyah (آية), plural āyāt (آيات) A sign. More specifically, a verse in the Qur’an.

B

Baitullāh (بيت الله baytullāh) A mosque, literally “house of God”. Specifically means the Ka’aba at Makkah (Mecca).
Barakah (بركة)  a form of blessing.
 
BarakAllahu Feekum (بارك الله فيكم) may Allah bless you; response to expression of thanks.
 
Barzakh (برزخ) Barrier. Used in the Qur’an to describe the barrier between sweet and salty water. In theology, the one-way barrier between the mortal realm and the spirit world which the deceased soul crosses and waits for qiyamah judgment.
 
Basher (بشر) Human(s). Literally means ‘face’ but generally it refers to a person (man/woman).
 
Baṣīrah (بصيرة) Insight, discernment, perceptivity, deep knowledge.
 
Bātil (باطل) void
 
Batin (باطن) The interior or hidden meaning. A person who devotes himself to studying such hidden meanings is a batini.
 
B.B.H.N. (عليه الصلاة والسلام) Blessed be His Name – acronym for S.A.W.S. See P.B.U.H (Peace Be Upon Him).
 
Bid’ah (بدعة) Innovation in religion, i.e. inventing new methods of worship. Bad Bid’ahs in Islam are considered a deviation and a serious sin by many Muslims.
 
Bid’ah sayyi’ah (بدعة سيئة)Inquiry prohibited in Islam.
 
Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi (بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم) ” In the name of  Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful[1]“.
 
Burda (بردة) not an Arabic term; means “curtain” in Persian. Means covering or to cover.
 
Bay’ah (بيعة) an oath of allegiance to a leader, traditionally the Caliph or Imam.

C

Caliph (خليفة khalīfah) literally successor; refers to the successor of the Prophet Muhammad, the ruler of an Islamic theocracy.

D

Dahri (دهري) atheist – from the root ad dahr meaning time. In Islam, atheists are seen as those who think that time only destroys, hence the term ad dahriyyah for the concept of atheism.
 
Dajjal (دجّال) an Islamic figure similar to the Antichrist; means “liar” or “deceiver”.
 
Dallal (ضلال)going astray.
 
Dar al’Ahd (دار العهد) the Ottoman Empire’s relationship with its Christian tributary states.
 
Dar al-Amn (دار الأمن) / Dar ash-Shahada (دار الشهادة) means house of safety; refers to status of a Muslim living in some of the Western world.
 
Dar ad-Dawa (دار الدعوة) a region where Islam has recently been introduced.
 
Dar al-Harb (دار الحرب) means house of war; refers to areas outside Muslim rule at war with Muslim states.
 
Dar al-Islam (دار الإسلام) the abode, or land, of Islam.
 
Dar al-Kufr (دار الكفر) means domain of disbelief; the term originally refers to the Quraish-dominated society of Mecca between Prophet Mohammed’s (s.a.w.s.) flight to Medina (the Hijra) and the city’s conquest.
 
Dar as-Sulh ( دارالصلح ) domain of agreement
 
Darūd (الدرود، الصلاة على النبي) blessing
 
Da’wah (الدعوة) the call to Islam, proselytizing.
 
Dhikr (ذكر)  A devotional practice whereby the name of God is repeated in a rhythmical manner
Dhikr (ذكر) or zikr (in Persian/Urdu) remembrance of God; spiritual exercise; Muslims believe that the primary function of prophets is to remind people of God.
 
Dhimmi (ذمّي) (pl. dhimam) “Subjugated person”; Jews and Christians (and sometimes others,[2] such as Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Zoroastrians), living in an Islamic state who must pay special taxes and whose right to practice their religion is subject to strict control under Islamic law.
 
Dhuhr (ظهر)the second obligatory daily prayer.
 
Dīn (الدين) (literally ‘religion’) the way of life based on Islamic revelation; the sum total of a Muslim’s faith and practice. Dīn is often used to mean the faith and religion of Islam.
 
Diyyah (دية) fine for unintentional manslaughter.
 
Dua (دعاء) personal prayer, supplication
 
Dunya (دنيا) The physical Universe, as opposed to the Hereafter; sometimes spelled Dunia.

E

Ehtiaat (إحتياط) Also Ahwat. A Precaution, either obligatory or optional.[3]
Ehtiaat-Mustahabbi A preferred precaution.[3]
Ehtiaat-Waajib An obligatory precaution.[3]

F

Fajarah (فجرة) Wicked evil doers. Plural of “Fajir” (فاجر).
 
Fajr (فجر) dawn, early morning, and the morning prayer. The time of the day when there is light in the horizon before sunrise.
 
Falāḥ (فلاح) deliverance, salvation, well-being.
 
Falsafah (فلسفة) “philosophy” The methods and content of Greek philosophy which were brought into Islam. A person who tries to interpret Islam through rationalist philosophy was called a faylasuf (فيلسوف), “philosopher”.
 
Faqih (pl. fuqaha) 
One who has a deep understanding of Islam, its laws, and jurisprudence. (see fiqh)
 
Farḍ (فرض), plural Fara’id (فرأض) furud a religious duty, or an obligatory action: praying 5 times a day is fard Neglecting a fard will result in a punishment in the hereafter. (See wajib)
Fard ayn ( فرض عين) obligatory on every individual Muslim to aid in any way he can.
Fard kifayah (فرض كفاية)an obligation on the Muslim community as a whole, from which some are freed if others take it up such as for jihad.
 
Fasid (فاسد) corrupt, invalid/violable (in Islamic finance)
 
Fāsiq (فاسق) anyone who has violated Islamic law; usually refers to one whose character has been corrupted (plural “fasiqun”).
 
Fatiha (الفاتحة) the short, opening sura of the Qur’an, which begins “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds…” These words hold an important place in Muslim liturgies and forms the core of the salat.
 
Fatwā (فتوى) legal opinion of an (alim) binding on him and on those who follow his taqlid
 
Fi Amanillah (في أمان الله) May Allah protect you. Said when a person departs.
 
Fiqh (فقه) jurisprudence built around the shariah by custom (al-urf). Literally means “deep understanding”, refers to understanding the Islamic laws. (see faqih)
 
Fi sabil Allah (في سبيل الله) for the sake of Allah; common Islamic expression for performing acts such as charity or Jihad and for ‘qatlu’ (fighting in mortal combat for the sake of Allah)
 
Fitna (pl. fitan) (فتنة) trial or tribulation; also refers to any period of disorder, such as a civil war, or the period of time before the end of the world or any civil strife.
 
Fiṭrah (فطرة) innate disposition towards virtue, knowledge, and beauty. Muslims believe every child is born with fitrah.
 
Furqān (فرقان) the criterion (of right and wrong, true and false); for example, the Qur’an as furqan.
 
Fuwaysiqah (فويسقة) vermin, evil from the root fasaqa meaning to deviate from the right way

G

Ghafara (غفر) (verb in past tense) to forgive, to cover up (sins). A characteristic of God.
 
Ghaflah (غفلة) heedlessness, forgetfulness of God, indifference
 
Ghayb (غيب) the unseen, unknown.
 
Ghanimah (غنيمة) spoils of war, booty.
 
Ghasbi (غصب) possessed unlawfully
 
Ghazi (غازى) (archaic) roughly, “raider”: a holy warrior; a mujahid
 
Ghusl (غسل) full ablution of the whole body (see wudu). Ghusl janaba is the mandatory shower after having sexual discharge.

H

Hadath akbar (حدث أكبر) major ritual impurity which requires Niyyat for cleaning.
Hadath asghar (حدث أصغر) minor ritual impurity
 
Hadha min fadhle Rabbi (هَذَا مِن فَضْلِ رَبِّي) Qur’anic expression and phrase meaning This is by the Grace of my Lord.
 
Hādī (هادي) a guide, one who guides; A Muslim name for God is The Guide, or Al-Hadi.
 
Hadith (حديث ḥadīth) plural ahādīth  literally “speech”; recorded saying or tradition of the Prophet Muhammad validated by isnad; with sira these comprise the sunnah and reveal shariah
Hadith Mashhoor (حديث مشهور) Well-known hadith; a hadith which reported by one, two, or more Companions from the Prophets or from another Companion, but has later become well-known and transmitted by an indefinite number of people during the first and second generation of Muslims.
 
Ḥāfiẓ  HAFIDH (حافظ) someone who knows the Qur’an by heart. Literal translation = memorizer or Protector.
 
Haid (حيض) menstruation
 
Hajj (الحجّ haj) pilgrimage to Mecca. Sunnis regard this as the fifth Pillar of Islam
Hajj al Tamattu (حج التمتع) performing ‘Umrah during the Hajj season, and on the Day of Tarwiah a pilgrim gets into the state of Ihram for Hajj. Before making ‘Umrah, approach the Miqat and declare the intention. End by sacrificing an animal.
Hajj al Qiran At Miqat, declare intention to perform both Hajj and ‘Umrah together. After throwing the Jamrah of Al-‘Aqabah, and getting hair shaved or cut that take off his Ihram garments and sacrifice animal.
Hajj al Ifrad At Miqat, declare intention for Hajj only. Maintain Ihram garments up to the Day of Sacrifice. No offering is required from him.
 
Hajjaj (حاجّ) Pilgrim, one who has made the Hajj.
 
Ḥākim (حاكم) a ruler’s or governor’s title; in some Muslim states, a judge. See Ahkam.
 
Hakimiya (حاكمية) sovereignty, governance.
 
Ḥalāl (حلال) lawful, permitted, good, beneficial, praiseworthy, honourable. (See mustahabb, mandub)
 
Halaqa A gathering or meeting for the primary purpose of learning about Islam.
 
Halq Shaving of the head, particularly associated with pilgrimage to Mecca[4]
 
Haneef (حنيف) pre-Islamic non-Jewish or non-Christian monotheists. Plural: ḥunafā’ (حنفاء).
 
Haqq (‍حق)truth, reality, right, righteousness. Al-Haqq is one of 99 names of God.
 
Ḥarām (حرام) sinful
 
Ḥaram (حرم) sanctuary.
 
Ḥasan (حسن)Good, beautiful, admirable. Also a categorization of a hadith’s authenticity as “acceptable”. (other categorizations include authentic and fabricated).
 
Hawaa (pl. ahwaa’) Vain or egotistical desire; individual passion; impulsiveness.
 
Hidāyah (هداية) guidance from God.
 
Ḥijāb (حجاب) literally “cover”. It describes the self-covering of the body for the purposes of modesty and dignity; broadly, a prescribed system of attitudes and behaviour regarding modesty and dignity. (See abayah, al-amira, burnuk, burqa, chador, jilbab, khimar, milfeh, niqab, purdah, shayla)
 
Hijra (الهجرة) Muhammad and his followers’ emigration from Mecca to Medina. Literally, “migration”. This holiday marks the beginning of the Muslim New Year on the first day of the month of Muharram. See Rabi Al-Awwal and abbreviation AH.
 
Hikmah Literally this means “wisdom” and refers to the highest possible level of understanding attainable by a Muslim.
 
Ḥilāl (هلال) Crescent moon Hilal (crescent moon)
 
Ḥimā (حمى) wilderness reserve, protected forest, grazing commons, important to khalifa
 
Ḥizb (حزب) One half of a juz’, or roughly 1/60th of the Qur’an
 
Houri (حورية ḥūrīya; pl. ḥūrīyāt حوريات) beautiful and pure young men and women, that Muslims believe inhabit Paradise, or Heaven.
 
Hudā (هدى) Guidance.
 
Hudna (هدنة) Truce. Cease-fire (often temporary)
 
Ḥudūd (حدود) (sing. hadd) Literally, limits or boundaries. Usually refers to limits placed by Allah on man; penalties of the Islamic law (sharia) for particular crimes described in the Qur’an – intoxication, theft, rebellion, adultery and fornication, false accusation of adultery, and apostasy. (See ta’zeer)
 
Ḥukm (حكم) ruling in the Qur’an or Sunnah. Also spelled Hukum.

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‘Ibādah (عبادة) submission, worship, but not limited to ritual: all expressions of servitude to Allah, including the pursuit of knowledge, living a pious life, helping, charity, and humility, can be considered ibadah.
 
Iblīs (إبليس) a jinn banished to Hell for his arrogance and disobedience; aka Satan : derived from the Greek Diabolos or Devil He is the equivalent of Lucifer.
 
‘Id (عيد) festival or celebration. Alternatively transliterated Eid.
‘Id ul-Adha (عيد الأضحى) “the Festival of Sacrifice.” The four day celebration starting on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijja.
‘Id ul-Fitr (عيد الفطر) “the Festival of Fitr (Breaking the fast).” A religious festival that marks the end of the fast of Ramadan.
 
I’dad Al-‘oda (إعداد العُدَّةِ) “preparation for battle” according to Qur’an
 
Ifṭār (إفطار) a meal eaten by Muslims breaking their fast after sunset during the month of Ramadan.
 
Iḥrām (إحرام) state of consecration for hajj. Includes dress and or prayer.
 
Iḥsān (إحسان) perfection in worship, such that Muslims try to worship God as if they see Him, and although they cannot see Him, they undoubtedly believe He is constantly watching over them.
 
Ijaz (إعجاز) miracle, the character of the Qur’an in both form and content.
 
Ijazah (إجازة) a certificate authorizing one to transmit a subject or text of Islamic knowledge
 
Ijmā’ (إجماع) the consensus of either the ummah (or just the ulema) – one of four bases of Islamic Law. More generally, political consensus itself.
 
Ijtihād (اجتهاد) During the early times of Islam, the possibility of finding a new solution to a juridical problem. Has not been allowed in conservative Islam since the Middle Ages. However, Liberal movements within Islam generally argue that any Muslim can perform ijtihad, given that Islam has no generally accepted clerical hierarchy or bureaucratic organization. The opposite of ijtihad is taqlid (تقليد), Arabic for “imitation”.
 
Ikhtilaf (اختلاف) disagreement among the madhhabs (scholars) of a religious principle; opposite of ijma.
 
Ikraam (إكرام) honouring, hospitality, generosity – Dhul jalaali wal ikraam is one of the 99 names of Allah.
 
Ikrah (إكراه) mental or physical force.
 
Ilāh (إله) deity, a god; including gods worshiped by polytheists.
 
‘Ilm (علم) all varieties of knowledge, usually a synonym for science
 
Imām (إمام) literally, leader; e.g. a man who leads a community or leads the prayer
 
Imān (إيمان) personal faith
 
Innaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa Ilayhi Raaji’oon To Allah we belong and to Him is our return – generally said to mourners/on hearing the news of a Muslims passing. Also said at the time of any loss/calamity.
 
Infāq (إنفاق) the habitual inclination to give rather than take in life; the basis for charity
 
Injīl (الإنجيل) Arabic term for the holy book called The Gospel said to have been given to Jesus, who is known as Isa in Arabic; Muslims believe the holy book has been lost and the New Testament gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are not the word of Allah, only Christian stories about Jesus.
 
Insha’Allah (إن شاء الله) If it is God’s will; Inshallah is “resigned, accepting, neutral, passive. It is neither optimistic nor pessimistic.”[1] [2]
 
Iqamah (إقامة) The second call to prayer. Similar to the azhan.
 
Irtidad (ارتداد) apostasy (see murtadd). Also riddah ردة
 
‘Īsā (عيسى) Jesus – ‘Isa ibn Maryam (English: Jesus son of Mary), a matronymic (since he had no biological father. The Qur’an asserts that Allah has no sons and therefore, ‘Isa is not the son of Allah. Muslims honor ‘Isa as a nabi and rasul.
 
‘Ishā’ (عشاء) night; the fifth salat prayer
 
Islah (إصلاح ) “reform”. This term may mean very different things, depending on the context. When used in reference to reform of Islam, it may mean modernism.
 
Islam (الإسلام) 
“submission to God”. The Arabic root word for Islam means submission, obedience, peace, and purity.
 
Isnād (إسناد) chain of transmitters of any given hadith
 
Isra (الإسراء) the night journey during which Muhammad (محمّد)is said to have visited Heaven. See miraj.
 
Istighfar (استغفار) requesting forgiveness
 
Istihada (استحاضة) vaginal bleeding except Haid and Nifas
 
Istislah (استصلاح) public interest – a source of Islamic Law.
 
Istish’hād (استشهاد) martyrdom.
 
Itaqu The faithful who fear Allah.
 
Ithim (إثم) Negative reward for bad deeds that is tallied on qiyamah(judgment day.) Opposite of thawab.
 
Itikaf seclusion in the masjid for the purpose of worship usually performed during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
 
Itmām al-hujjah (إتمام الحجة) clarification of truth in its ultimate form.

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Jaa’iz (جائز)That which is allowed or permissible. As a rule, everything that is not prohibited is allowed. (See halal, mustahabb, mandub)
 
Jahannam (جهنم) the Hell-fire; Hell
 
Jāhiliyyah (الجاهليّة) the time of ignorance before Islam was realized. Describes polytheistic religions.
 
Jahl (جهل) ignorance, arrogance.
 
Jalsa – sitting
 
Jāmi’ah (جامعة) “gathering”; i.e. a university, a mosque, or more generally, a community or association.
 
Janaba(جنابة ) A state of spiritual impurity that occur due to sexual intercourse or ejaculation and necessitates major ritual ablution (ghusl),
 
Janaza (جنازة) funeral prayer
 
Jannah (جنة) Paradise, Heaven, the Garden
 
Jazakallahu Khayran (جزاك الله خير) “May God reward you for the good.” Islamic expression of gratitude.
 
Jihād (جهاد) struggle. Any earnest striving in the way of God, involving personal, physical, for righteousness and against wrongdoing;
Jihād al Saghir Offensive jihad declared by caliph.
Jihād al talab Offensive jihad.
Jihād al daf’a Defensive jihad.
Jihād bil mal Financial jihad.
Jihād bis saif ( جهاد بسيف)literally ‘struggle by the sword’; holy war.
 
Jilbāb (جلباب) (pl. jalabib) a long, flowing, garment worn by some as a more conservative means of fulfillment of sartorial hijab. (See also: abaya. burka, chador)
 
Jinn (جنّ) An invisible being of fire
 
Jizya (جزية)A tax specified in the Koran (9:29) to be paid by non-Muslim males living under Muslim political control.
 
Juhud To deny. Jaahid (the denier). Disbelief out of rejection. When there comes to them that which they [should] have recognized, they refuse to believe in (kafaru) it. ( 2:89) Accordingly, juhud includes rejection (kufr at-taktheeb) and resistance (kufr al-‘inaad)
 
Jumu’ah (جمعة) Friday prayer
 
Junub an unclean state of body as in breaking Wudu
 
Janabat an unclean state of body caused by discharge of semen or sexual intercourse
 
Juz’ (جزء) one of thirty parts of the Qur’an

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Ka’bah (كاعب) cube-house; the cube-shaped building, i.e., in Mecca toward which Muslims pray.
 
Kāfir (كافر kāfir sing.; كفّار kuffār pl.) from the word kafara, “to hide.” Those who deliberately hide the truth; unbelievers, truth-concealers; one who is ungrateful. Plural: Kāfirūn. Extreme care ought to be taken with this word, as it is was (and is) occasionally misused as an offensive term for black people by white South Africans.
 
Kalam (علم الكلم) Literally, “words” or “speech,” and referring to oration. The name applied to the discipline of philosophy and theology concerned specifically with the nature of faith, determinism and freedom, and the nature of the divine attributes.
 
Khair (خير)Every kind of good
 
Khalīfah (خليفة) Caliph, more generally, one performing the duties of khilafa.
 
Khalil (خليل) devoted friend
 
Khalq Creation – the act of measuring; determining, estimating and calculating. Khalq is the noun form of the verb khalaqa (see bara, sawwara).
 
Al-khaliqThe Creator, Allah.
 
Khamr (خمر)Intoxicant, wine.
 
Khāṭib (خطيب)the speaker at the Friday Muslim prayer, or Jumu’ah prayer.
 
Khatm Complete recitation of the Qur’an.
 
Kharāj (خراج) a land tax.
 
Khayr goodness. See birr (righteousness) See qist (equity) See ‘adl (equilibrium and justice) See haqq (truth and right) See ma’ruf (known and approved) See taqwa (piety.)
 
Khilaaf Controversy, dispute, discord.
 
Khilāfah (خلافة) Man’s trusteeship and stewardship of Earth; Most basic theory of the Caliphate; Flora and fauna as sacred trust; Accountability to; God for harms to nature, failure to actively care and maintain. Three specific ways in which khalifa is manifested in Muslim practice are the creation of haram to protect water, hima to protect other species (including those useful to man), and by resisting infidel domination over Muslim lands, in jihad.
Khalīfāt Rashīdūn four first caliphs, believed by most Muslims to be most righteous rulers in history
 
Khimār (خمار) (pl. khumur) headcovering (Q. 24:31).
 
Khitan (ختان) Male circumcision.
 
Khuluq ethics
 
Khushu’ humility, devotion, concentration (especially in prayer).
 
Khuṭbah (خطبة) the sermon at Jumu’ah prayer.
 
Kibr pride, arrogance
 
Kibar old age
 
Kitāb (كتاب) book; The Qur’an is often referred to as “Al-Kitāb” (The Book).
 
Kufr (كفر) In Arabic – ungratefulness and disbelief in God and denial of the truth. See Kafir and Kuffar
Kufrul-hukmi Disbelief from judgment.
Kufrul-‘Inaad Disbelief out of stubbornness
Kufrul-Inkaar Disbelief out of arrogance and pride.
Kufrul-Istibdaal Disbelief because of trying to substitute Allaah’s Laws.
Kufrul-Istihaal Disbelief out of trying to make HARAM into HALAL.
Kufrul-Istihzaha Disbelief due to mockery and derision
Kufrul jahli Disbelief from not being aware of or not understanding.
Kufrul-juhudi Disbelief from obstinacy after being presented with truth.
Kufrul-Nifaaq Disbelief out of hypocrisy.
Kufrul-I’raadh Disbelief due to avoidance.
 
Kun (كن) God’s command to the universe, ‘Be!’ is sufficient to create it.

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Lā ilāha ill-Allāh (لاإله إلا الله) “There is none worthy of worship other than God.” The most important expression in Islam. It is part of the first pillar of Islam. Also is the message of all the Prophets, such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
 
Labbayk Allahuma God, I obey you (said during hajj)
 
Laghw (لغو) Dirty, false, evil vain talk
 
La’nah (لعنة) Imploration for withdrawal of God’s mercy
 
Laylat al-Qadr (ليلة القدر) the Night of Power, towards the end of Ramadan, when Muhammad received the first revelation of the Qur’an.

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Madrasah (مدرسة) school, university
 
Maghrib (مغرب)the fourth daily salat prayer
 
Mahdi (مهدي) “a guide”. More specifically al-Mahdi (the guide) is a figure who will appear with Prophet Jesus before the end of time, when God allows it, to bring world peace, order and justice, after it has been overcome with injustice and aggression.
 
Mahram (محرم) a relative of the opposite gender usually described as being “within the forbidden limits”; a better description is “within the protected limits”. means relatives who one can appear before without observing hijab and who one cannot marry.
 
Makrūh Means “detested”, though not haraam (forbidden); something that is disliked or offensive. If a person commits the Makruh, he does not accumulate ithim but avoiding the Makhruh is rewarded with thawab.
 
Malā’ikah (ملائكة) angels (Sing. Malak). It was one of these mala’ika, Jibril (Gabriel) who delivered Allah’s revelation to Muhammad.
 
Ma malakat aymanukum (ما ملكت أيمانكم) one’s rightful spouse (literally: what your right hands possess)
 
Manasik the rules specifying the requirements of a legally valid hajj
 
Mandub commendable or recommended. Failure to do it would not be a sin. (See halal mustahabb)
 
Manhaj (منهج)the methodology by which truth is reached[6]
 
Mansukh That which is abrogated. The doctrine of al-Nasikh wal-Mansukh (abrogation) of certain parts of the Qur’anic revelation by others. The principle is mentioned in the Qur’an (2:106) see naskh
 
Manzil (منزل) one of seven equal parts of the Qur’an
 
Ma’rūf (معروف) consensus of the community
 
Maqaṣid (مقصد) goals or purposes; such as the purposes of Islamic law

Masaleh (مصلحةمة): public interests

Masha’Allah (ما شاء الله) Allah has willed it
 
Masīḥ (مسيح) the (Biblical) Messiah, Jesus Christ
 
Masjid (مسجد) pl. masājid, مساجد place of prayer; mosque
Masjid al-Haram the area around the Kaaba
Math’hab (مذهب) (pl. Madhahib) school of religious jurisprudence, school of thought;Mawali or mawala (موالي): Non-Arab Muslims
 
Mawlānā (مولانا) an Arabic word literally meaning “our lord” or “our master”. It is used mostly as a title preceding the name of a respected religious leader, in particular graduates of religious institutions.
 
Mecca (مكّة Makkah) the holiest city in Islam
 
Medina (مدينة Madīnah) “city”; Medinat-un-Nabi means “the City of the Prophet.” See Hijra (Islam)
 
Mi’ād (معاد) the Resurrection; God will resurrect all of humankind to be judged.
 
Mihrab (محراب) a niche in the wall of all mosques, indicating the direction of prayer
 
Millah In Arabic, millah means “religion,” but it has only been used to refer to religions other than Islam, which is din.
 
Minaret (منارة) a tower built onto a mosque from the top of which the call to prayer is made
 
Minbar (منبر) a raised pulpit in the mosque where the Imam stands to deliver sermons
 
Minhaj (منهج) methodology, e.g. methods, rules, system, procedures.
 
Miqat (ميقات ) intended place
 
Miraj (المعراج) the Ascension to the Seven Heavens during the Night Journey See also: isra
 
Mu’adhdhin (مأذن)a person who performs the call to prayer
 
Mu’ahadat (معاهدات) treaties
 
Mu’awwidhatayn (المعوذتين) suras Al-Falaq and an-Nas, the “Surahs of refuge”, should be said to relieve suffering (also protect from Black Magic)
 
Mubāḥ (مباح) literally permissible; neither forbidden nor commended. Neutral. (See halal)
 
Mubaligh (مبلغ) person who recites Qur’an
 
Mufa’khathat placing between the thighs
 
Muftī (مفتى) an Islamic scholar who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law (Sharia), capable of issuing fataawa (plural of “fatwa”).
 
Muhajabah (محجبة) woman who wears hijab (polite form of hijabi).
 
Muhakkamat unequivocal verses of Qur’an. (See mutashabehat.)
 
Muharebeh (محاربة) a person who wages war against God
 
Muhammadun rasulullah “Muhammad is the messenger of God.” This statement is the second part of the first pillar of Islam. This is the second most important statement in Islam.
 
Mufsidūn (مفسدون) evil-doer a person who wages jihad (war) not in accordance with the Qur’an. Plural mufsideen.
 
Muhsin (محسن) a person who performs good deed. Plural muhsineen. Opposite of Mufsidun.
 
Muhājirūn (مهاجرون) The first Muslims that accompanied Muhammad when he traveled to Medina.
 
Muhartiq (مهرطق) heretic.
 
Mujāhid (مجاهد) a fighter for Islam. Plural Mujāhidūn (مجاهدون).
 
Mujtahid (مجتهد) a scholar who uses reason for the purpose of forming an opinion or making a ruling on a religious issue. Plural: Mujtahidun.
 
Mullah (ملا) are Islamic clergy. Ideally, they should have studied the Qur’an, Islamic traditions (hadith), and Islamic law (fiqh).
 
Mū’min (مؤمن) A Muslim who observes the commandments of the Qur’an.
 
Munafiq (منافق) hypocrite. Plural: Munafiqun
 
Muntaqabah (منتقبة) pl. muntaqabāt (منتقبات) woman who wears niqab
 
Murabaha a type of sharia-compliant mortgage (see Ijara)
 
Murtadd (مرتد) female apostate is Murtadah apostate (see irtidad see mahdur ad-damm.)
 
Mus’haf a copy, codex or redaction of the Qur’an.
 
Mushrik (pl. mushrikoon) One who associates others in worship with God; a polytheist.
 
Muslim (مسلم) a follower of the religion of Islam. One who submits their will to Allah (God)
 
Mustaḥabb (مستحبّ) commendable or recommended. (See halal, mandub)
 
Mut’ah (متعه) literally joy; a type of temporary marriage practiced only by the Shī’ah.
 
Mutashabehat equivocal verses of Qur’an. (See Muhakkamat.)
 
Muta’sibūn (متعصبين) fanatics
 
Mutaween (مطوعين) (singular mutawa)Religious police.
 
Mutawātir (متواتر) “agreed upon”—used to describe hadith that were narrated by many witnesses through different narration chains (isnads) leading back to Muhammad

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Nabī (نبي) literally, prophets. In the Islamic context, a Nabi is a man sent by God to give guidance to man, but not given scripture. The Prophet Abraham was a Nabi. This is in contrast to Rasul, or Messenger. Plural: Anbiya. See: Rasul.
 
Nafs (النفس) soul, the lower self, the ego/id
 
Nafila An optional, supererogatory practice of worship, in contrast to farida
 
Najāsah Impurity
 
Najasat (نجاسة), Najis (نجس)an unclean thing
 
Naji impure
 
Nakir and Munkar (نكير و منكر) two malaikah who test the faith of the dead in their graves
 
Naqîra (نقيرا) speck on the back of a date stone
 
Nasīha advice
 
Naskh (نسخ) The doctrine of al-Nasikh wal-Mansukh (abrogation) of certain parts of the Qur’anic revelation by others. The principle is mentioned in the Qur’an (2:106) see mansukh.
 
Nass (نصّ) a known, clear legal injunction
 
Nifas the bleeding after childbirth (see Haid)
 
Nifaq (نفاق) falsehood; dishonesty; hipocrisy
 
Nikah (النكاح) the matrimonial contract between a bride and bridegroom within Islamic marriage
 
Niqāb (نقاب) veil covering the face
 
Niyyat (نية)intention
 
Nubuwwah (نبوّة) prophethood.
 
Nukra a great munkar – prohibited, evil, dreadful thing.
 
Nūr (نور) light. Muslims believe angels were created from light and jinn from fire.

P

P.B.U.H. an acronym that stands for “peace be upon him” a blessing which is affixed to Muhammad‘s name whenever it is written. In some circles and English writings, Sufis regard PBUH to signify “Peace and Blessings Upon Him” (the Rasul or Messenger of Allah).[7] These are the primary English explications of the P.B.U.H. acronym. The Arabic version is S.A.W.
Prophet A person who has had messages from Allah. (see nabi).

Q

Qadhf (قذف)false imputation of unchastity specifically punished by sharia.
 
Qadar predestination.
 
Qādī (قاضي) judge of Islamic Law
 
Qalb (قلب) Heart
 
Qiblah the direction Muslims face during prayer
 
Qitaal fee sybil Allah ( وقاتلوا في سبيل الله ) fight in the cause of Allah.
 
Qiyāmah resurrection; return of the dead for the Day of Judgment
 
Qiṣāṣ (قصاص) equitable retribution – a fine for murder if the heirs forgive the perpetrator. (See hudud, tazeer)
 
Qiyam to stand, a position of salat prayer
 
Qiyās (القياس) analogy – foundation of legal reasoning and thus fiqh
 
Qudsī classification of a hadith that are believed to be narrated by Muhammad from God.
 
Qur’an (القرآن) The word Qur’an means recitation. Muslims believe the Qur’an (Koran) to be the literal word of God and the culmination of God’s revelation to mankind, revealed to prophet Muhammad in the year AD 610 in the cave Hira by the angel Jibril.

R

Rabb (ربّ) Lord, Sustainer, Cherisher, Master.
 
R. A., Radiyallahu anhu May Allah be pleased with him. Variants are anha (her) and anhum (them).
Rahman (رحمن) Merciful; Ar-Rahman (الرحمن) means “The Most Merciful”
 
Rahim (رحيم) compassionate; Ar-Rahim (الرحيم) means “The Most Compassionate”
 
Rajm (رجم) the practice of stoning
 
Raka’ah one unit of Islamic prayer, or Salat. Each daily prayer is made up of a different number of raka’ah.
 
Ramadhan month of fasting when the Qur’an was first revealed
 
Rashidun Sunnis consider the first four caliphs as the “orthodox” or “rightly guided” caliphs. They were Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali.
 
Rasul (رسول) messenger; Unlike prophets (Nabi), messengers are given scripture. Moses (as), David (as), Jesus (as) and Mohammed (as) are considered messengers. All messengers are considered prophets, but not all prophets are given scripture. See: Nabi.
 
Riba (ربا) interest, the charging and paying of which is forbidden by the Qur’an
 
Ribat Guarding Muslims from infidels
 
Riddah (ردة) apostasy, in which a person abandons Islam for another faith or no faith at all.
 
Risalah (رِسَالَة) literally, message or letter. Used both in common parlance for mail correspondences, and in religious context as divine message.
 
Ruh (روح) spirit; the divine breath which God blew into the clay of Adam.
 
Rukn plural arkan means what is inevitable. One of the five pillars of Islam. (See fard, wajib)
 
Ruk’u the bowing performed during salat.

S

Sabb blasphemy: insulting God (sabb Allah) or Muhammad (sabb al-rasul or sabb al-nabī).
 
Ṣabr patience, endurance, self-restraint
 
Sadaqah (صدقة)charity; voluntary alms above the amount for zakat.
 
Sahabah (الصحابه) (sing. Sahābi)companions of Muhammad. A list of the best-known Companions can be found at List of companions of Muhammad.
 
Sahih “Sound in isnad.” A technical attribute applied to the “isnad” of a hadith.
 
Sakina divine “tranquility” or “peace” which descends upon a person when the Qur’an is recited.
 
Salaf (السلف الصالح) (righteous) predecessors/ancestors. In Islam, Salaf is generally used to refer to the first three generations of Muslims. Anyone who died after this is one of the
khalaf or “latter-day Muslims”.
 
Salat (صلاة) sala(t)any one of the daily five obligatory prayers. Sunnis regard this as the second Pillar of Islam
Salaat al-Istikharah Prayer for guidance is done in conjunction with two rakaahs of supererogatory prayer.
 
Salām (سلام) peace (see sulh)
 
Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam (صلى الله عليه و سلم) “May Allah bless him and grant him peace.” The expression should be used after stating Prophet Muhammad’s name. See abbreviation: S.A.W. or S.A.W.S. also P.B.U.H.
 
Samad eternal, absolute; Muslims believe Allah is “The Eternal.”
 
Salsabil a river in heaven (al-firdaus)
 
Sawa awakening, revival
 
S.A.W. (or S.A.W.S.) Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam (صلى الله عليه و سلم). See P.B.U.H.
 
Ṣawm (صَوم) fasting during the month of Ramadhan. The word sawm is derived from Syriac sawmo.
Sayyid (سيّد) (in everyday usage, equivalent to ‘Mr.‘) a descendant of a relative of Muhammad, usually via Husayn.
 
Shahādah (الشهادة) The testimony of faith: La ilaha illa Allah. Muhammadun rasulullah. (“There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”). Also may be used as a synonym for the term Istish’hād meaning martyrdom.
 
Shahīd (شهيد) pl. shuhada (شهداء) witness, martyr. Usually refers to a person killed whilst fighting in “jihad fee sybil Allah” (jihad for the sake of Allah). Often used in modern times for deaths in a political cause (including victims of soldiers, deaths in battle, et cetera) which are viewed by some Muslims as a spiritual cause not just a political cause. But the real meaning of Jihad is to defend Islam in any way; thus, it could be in an economic way or could refer to fighting for the rights of the oppressed or the believers; most often it refers to mastering one’s own inclination for evil and shirk.
 
Shaykh (شيخ) a spiritual master, Muslim clergy
 
Sharī’ah (الشريعة) “the path to a watering hole”; the eternal ethical code and moral code based on the Qur’an and Sunnah; basis of fiqh
 
Sharīf (شريف) a title bestowed upon the descendants of Muhammad through Hasan, son of his daughter Fatima Zahra and son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib
 
Shaytan (شيطان) Satan, the Devil; also known as Iblis
 
Shirk (شرك) idolatry; polytheism; the sin of believing in any divinity except God and of associating other gods with God.
 
Shūrā (شورى) consultation
 
Majlis ash-shūrā (مجلس الشورى) advisory council in a Caliphate
 
Sidrat al-Muntaha (سدرة المنتهى )a lotus tree that marks the end of the seventh heaven, the boundary where no creation can pass.
 
Sirah (السيرة) life or biography of the Prophet Muhammad; his moral example – with hadith this comprises the sunnah
 
Sirat al-Mustaqim the Straight Path
 
Subah Sadiq true dawn
 
Subhanahu wa ta’ala (abbreviated S.W.T.) expression used following written name or vocalization of Allah in Arabic meaning highly praised and glorified is He.
 
Subhan’Allah “Glory to God” – this phrase is often used when praising God or exclaiming awe at His attributes, bounties, or creation.
 
Suhūr the meal eaten by fasting Muslims just before dawn.
 
Sujud(سجود)kneeling down, a position of salat.
 
Sukuk (صكوك)bond that generates revenue from sales, profits, or leases rather than interest.
 
Sulh (صلح) is derived from the Arabic word musalaha it is a tool at the disposal of an Islamic commander to be offered to the enemy as a respite from military Jihad. (see hudna)
 
Sunnah (السنّة) or sunnah al-Nabi (سنّة النبي) the “path” or “example” of the Prophet Muhammad, i.e., what the Prophet did or said or agreed to during his life. He is considered by Muslims to be the best human moral example, the best man to follow.
 
Sunnat an act which the Prophets performed; not required but carries much reward
 
Sunni (سنّي) the largest denomination of Islam. The word Sunni comes from the word Sunnah (Arabic: سنة), which means the words and actions or example of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
 
Sūrah (سورة) chapter; the Qur’an is composed of 114 suras

T

Ta’alaa (تعالى) Almighty
 
Taba’īn (تابعون|تابعين)followers of the Sahabah
 
Tafsīr (تفسير) exegesis, particularly such commentary on the Qur’an
 
Taghut (طاغوت) (taghout)originally Aramaic, meaning “false god”; also tyranny.
 
Tahajjud (تهجُّد)optional (supererogatory), late-night (pre-dawn) prayer
 
Taharah (طهارة)purification from ritual impurities by means of wudu or ghusl
 
Tahir (طاهر)pure, ritually clean
 
Tahlil Uttering the formula of faith: “La ilaha illa Allah”, i.e. (No god but Allah)
 
Tahnik‘Tahnik’ is an Islamic ceremony of touching the lips of a newborn baby with honey, sweet juice or pressed dates.
 
Taḥrīf (تحريف)corruption, forgery. Muslims believe the Bible Scriptures were corrupted but the Qur’an is in its original form.
 
Tajdīd (تجديد)to purify and reform society in order to move it toward greater equity and justice, literally meaning to make new in present tense
 
Tajdif (تجديف)blasphemy
 
Tajwīd (تجويد)a special manner of reciting the Qur’an according to prescribed rules of pronunciation and intonation.
 
Takaful ( التكتاقل)Based on sharia Islamic law, it is a form of mutual insurance. See retakaful.
 
Takbīr (تكبير)a proclamation of the greatness of Allah; a Muslim invocation.
 
Takfir (تكفير)declaration of individual or group of previously considered Muslim as kaffir.
 
Tamaninat (طمأنينة) to be motionless
 
Takhrīj (تخريج الحديث )The science of hadith extraction and authentication, including validation of chains of transmitters of a hadith by this science’s scholars and grading hadith validity.
 
Talaq (الطلاق) divorce
 
Taqdir fate, predestination
 
Taqlīd (تقليد)to follow the scholarly opinion of one of the four Imams of Islamic Jurispudence.
 
Taqiyya (تقيّة) principle that one is allowed to hide his true beliefs in certain circumstances or to lie to save himself of being killed or harmed or to further the cause of Islam.
 
Taqwa (تقوى)righteousness; goodness; Piety: Taqwa is taken from the verbe Ittaqua, which means Avoiding, Fearing the punishment from Allah for committing sins. It is piety obtained by fearing the punishment of Allah.
 
Tarawih (تراويح)extra prayers in Ramadan after the Isha prayer.
 
Tarkīb (تَرْكِيب)the study of Arabic grammar issued from the Qur’an
 
Tartīl (ترتيل) low, meditative recitation of the Qur’an
 
Tasbih Uttering the formula: “Subhan Allah”, i.e. (Glory be to Allah)
 
Tashkīl (تشكيل) vocalization of Arabic text by means of diacritical marks. An integral part of the Arabic writing system. Literally meaning to form or arrange
 
Taslim (تسليم)salutation at the end of prayer
 
Tawakkul (توکل)total reliance on Allah.
 
Tawassul (توسُّل)asking Allah Almighty through the medium and intercession of another person.
 
Tawaf (طواف)circumambulating the Ka’bah during Hajj.
 
Tawbah (توبه) repentance
 
Tawhīd (توحيد)monotheism; affirmation of the Oneness of Allah. Muslims regard this as the first part of the Pillar of Islam, the second part is accepting Muhammad as rasoul (messenger). The opposite of Tawheed is shirk
 
Tawrat (توراة)the Torah as revealed to Musa (Moses.)
 
Tayyib all that is good as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods, etc. Means “pure.” The Shahaddath is tayyib.
 
Ta’zeer (تعزير)Discretionary punishment – a sentence or punishment whose measure is not fixed by the Shari’ah. (See hudud, qisas)
 
Tazkiyah (تزكية)Purification of the Soul.
 
Thawab (ثواب)Reward for good deeds that is tallied on qiyamah (judgment day.) Opposite of ithim.
 
Tilawa (تلاوة)ritual recitation of passages of the Qur’an.

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Ubudiyah worship
 
Udhiyah sacrifice
 
‘Ulamā’ (علماء) or ulema the leaders of Islamic society, including teachers, Imams and
judges. Singular alim.
 
Ummah (الاُمّة) or umma(literally ‘nation‘) the global community of all Muslim believers
 
‘Umrah (عمرة) the lesser pilgrimage performed in Mecca. Unlike hajj, ‘umrah can be performed throughout the year.
 
Uqubat the branch of sharia that deals with punishment. (See hudud, qisas, tazeer)
 
‘Urf (عرف) custom of a given society, leading to change in the fiqh
 
Usul (sing. asl) Principles, origins.
Usul al-Fiqh the study of the origins and practice of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh
 
W
 
wa alaykum as-salam meaning “and upon you be peace”. (see As-Salamu Alaykum)
 
Wafat  death (Barah-wafat) Muhammad was born on the twelfth day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the third month of the Muslim year. His death anniversary also falls on the same day, the word ‘barah’ standing for the twelve days of Muhammad’s sickness.
Waḥdat al-wujūd (وحدة الوجود) “unity of being”. Philosophical term used by some Sufis. Related to fanaa
 
Wahy (وحی) revelation or inspiration of God to His prophets for all humankind
 
Wahn love of this life and hatred of death
 
Wajib (واجب) obligatory or mandatory see fard
 
Wali (ولي) friend, protector, guardian, supporter, helper
 
Waqf (وقف) An endowment of money or property: the return or yield is typically dedicated toward a certain end, for example, to the maintenance of the poor, a family, a village, or a mosque. Plural: awqaf
 
Warrāq (ورّاق) traditional scribe, publisher, printer, notary and book copier
 
Wasat the middle way, justly balanced, avoiding extremes, moderation
 
Waseelah the means by which one achieves nearness to Allah (see tawassul )
 
Witr (وتر) a voluntary, optional night prayer of odd numbers rakaats.
 
Wudhu’ (الوضوء) ablution for ritual purification from minor impurities before salat (see ghusl)

Y

Ya Allah (یا الله) O, God!
 
Ya Rasool Allah (یارسول الله) O, Messenger of God!. Term used by companions when interacting with Prophet Mohammad (saws).
 
Yajooj-wa-Majooj (ماجوج و ياجوج )Gog and Magog
 
Yaqin (يقين)certainty, that which is certain
 
Yarhamuk-Allah (يرحمك الله)”May God have mercy on you”, said when someone sneezes; the same as “(God) bless you” in English
Allah Yerhamo (الله يرحمه, fem. yerhama)”May God have mercy of his/her soul”, (said when someone dies)
 
Yaum al-Deen (يوم الدين) Day of Reckoning, Awe
 
Yaum al-Ghadab (يوم الغضب) Day of Rage, Wrath
 
Yawm ul-Qiyāmah (يوم القيامة) “Day of the Resurrection”; Day of Judgement

Z

Zabur (زبور) the Psalms revealed to King Daoud (David)
 
Zabiha (ذَبِيْحَة) see dhabiha Islamic method of slaughtering an animal. Using a sharp knife the animal’s windpipe, throat and blood vessels of the neck are severed without cutting the spinal cord to ensure that the blood is thoroughly drained before removing the head. See halal
 
Zahir(ظاهر) Exterior meaning
 
Zakat (زكاة), Al-Maal tax, alms, tithe as a Muslim duty; Sunnis regard this as the fourth Pillar of Islam. Neither charity nor derived from Islamic economics, but a religious duty and social obligation.
Zakat (زكاة) Al-Fitr
 
Zalimun (ظالمون) polytheists, wrong-doers, and unjust.
 
Zandaqa (زندقة)heresy
 
Zināa (زناء, زنى) sexual activity outside of marriage (covering the English words adultery and fornication)
 
Zindiq (زنديق) heretic, atheist
 
Zulfiqar (ذو الفقار) Sword of Ali, presented to him by Muhammad
 
 
 
Hope that that has left you feeling enlightened…
 
Fi Amanillah (في أمان الله) May Allah protect you
 
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12 July, 2013 07:00

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Assalaamu alaykum wa ragmatullaahi wa barakaatu wa magfiratu

May the Peace Mercy and Blessings of اللَّهِ be upon you.

During the space of Fajr and dhur as we await the call to the Jumu’ah prayer I thought I would share this:

“When we are born adhaan is given but no salat.

When we die salat is prayed but no adhaan.

The adhaan at given at the time of our birth is the adhaan given for the salat prayed at the time of our death.

That is how short life is, the time between adhaan and salat.”

– Ahmad Alameen

May we use this day for reflection and ibaadat; and may all our duahs be answered InshaAllah. Ameen.

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11 July, 2013 21:55

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Bismillaahir ragmaan nir rageem

My apologies for the looooong break between posts.

Firstly: RAMADHAAN KAREEM. May the Almighty make this month a fruitful one and answer our duahs InshaAllah.

Secondly: JUMU’AH MUBARAK. May we be given Hidaayat and Taqwa InshaAllah.

So, it being Ramadhaan I was thinking I could offer some words of inspiration. Ramadhaan being a holy month; a time when we should reflect and nearer ourselves to our Lord and Creator. A time for compassion and for grattitude of the blessings اللَّهِ has bestowed upon us.

I found the following Poem online it can be sourced at Islamic Reflections through the facebook page of Sister Xenia Yasmin.

Oh اللَّهِ I have no money but I have you, I am rich.
Oh اللَّهِ I have no freedom but I believe in you. I am free. Oh اللَّهِ I have no patience but I read your Qur’an. I am calm. Oh اللَّهِ I get no respect but you listen to my duah. I am proud. Oh اللَّهِ I have no time but I think of Jannah. I have forever. Oh اللَّهِ I have much time but I look at your signs. I have today. Oh اللَّهِ I feel so weak but I fast Ramadan. I am strong.
Oh اللَّهِ I feel so tired but I make dua. I open my eyes.
Oh اللَّهِ I feel so dirty but I repent to you. I am cleansed. Oh اللَّهِ I feel so depressed but I remember you. I am at peace. Oh اللَّهِ I feel so lost but I follow your commandments. I am safe. Oh اللَّهِ nobody listens but you never turn your back on me. I AM GRATEFUL!

Subhaanallah! I will upload some pics and more inspirational messages and poems soon InshaAllah.

Please feel free to share some if you like…🙂

Have a blessed Jumu’ah and keep me in your duahs.

أسسلام عليكم ورحمةالله وبركات

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