There are many phrases which Muslims all over the world use very commonly in their conversation. These words are in Arabic and it does not matter if it is a Chinese Muslim, an American Muslim, an Indian Muslim or a British Muslim, at one point or the other, they will speak these phrases which are:
Assalamu alaikum: This is the way Muslims greet other (an Arabic version of hello/hi). Rough translation is “peace be upon you.” The standard response to the greeting is Wa alaykumu s-salam which means “and peace upon you too”
Allah-u-Akbar : This phrase called takbeer is recited by Muslims in many different situations. For example, when they are very happy, in times of extreme stress, to express approval, while slaughtering cattle for consumption, etc. Takbeer is also recited during prayers, The Muslim call to prayer (adhan) by the muezzin and to commence prayer (iqama) also contains the phrase Allah-u-Akbar which means “God is the Greatest”
Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim: Before starting any task, Muslims often say Bismillah When one says “Bismillaah” before starting anything, it means, “I start this action accompanied by the name of Allah or seeking help through the name of Allah, seeking blessing thereby.
In sha’ Allah: Translation is “God willing” — this phrase is used for planning things for the future. Muslims believe that anything planned will only happen by God’s will.
Subhan’Allah: Arabic version of Wow, used to express delight over something beautiful or some great news.
Alhamdulillah: rough translation: All praise is for Allah—– Muslims use it when talking about their blessings.
Masha’Allah: My favourite..It is used when praising something and recognizing the fact that only God could have created such perfection.
Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon: Translation: To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. It is actually a Qur’anic verse which shows a Muslims belief in life and death. it is spoken in times of sorrow or condolence, at someone’s death or any tragic loss.
So here’s how a conversation by a Muslim look like:
Assalamu alaikum. How are you?
Alhamdulillah, I am fine.
Is this your daughter? Masha’Allah, she is so cute.
Subhan’Allah, the weather is lovely today and the flowers are blooming.
In sha’ Allah, I will come visit you next week.
I heard about the death of your grandfather. Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. May Allah enhance your recompense and be generous in your calamity and induce you with patience and forgive the deceased.