9 Updates to the Muslim “Dictionary”

by Mozzified Staff

1) Bismillah

(noun) the place in space-time before which any or all of a Muslim’s utmost serious plans, actions, or deeds commence.

“Oh no! I didn’t say bismillah before submitting my application!”

2) Insha’Allah

(noun) a non-specific point in the future where the vast majority of all of a Muslim’s plans, promises and punctuality are found.

“When will you take the trash out?”“After this message insha’Allah”

3) Alhamdulillah

(adverb) a super versatile response to “how are you?”  (and similar questions) that can be used in times of happiness, sadness, frustration, tiredness, etc.

“I hear you have four assignments due tomorrow, how you feeling?” “Alhamdulillah.”

4) Masha’Allah

(interjection) a magic word that one utters to purify a compliment and to prevent the individual who is the subject of compliment from the influence of the “evil eye”.

“Your baby is sooooooo cuuuuttteeee!” *insert pause* “Mash’Allah, mash’Allah”


5) Astaghfirullah

(adverb) an all encompassing word used to express one’s disbelief or disapproval of another’s (or one’s own) action, inaction, attention, inattention, etc and is widely used in the Aunty circles.

“Astaghfirullah did you see Amina’s scarf?”

6) La hawla wala quwata illa billah

(adverb) the superlative form of the word ‘Astaghfirullah’, which is used in such conditions that could only possibly be the work of Shaytan. It is often used by itself.

“Astaghfirullah did you see Amina’s scarf?” “La hawla wala quwata illa billah!”


7) SubhanAllah

(interjection) an exclamation of one’s awe at something beautiful created by Allah (swt) ranging from the stars at night to that attractive person that just walked into class.

“SubhanAllah! Now I can’t concentrate.”

8) Amma Ba’ad

(noun) the specific point in time that signifies the start of the khutbah or lecture, requiring one to turn off all electronic devices, hush those talking, and attempt to concentrate.

“Shhh! The Imam just said ‘Amma Ba’ad'”

9) Takbir

(noun) a call to vocalize the greatness of Allah (swt) by a singular individual, be it at the mosque or on the cricket field, for sometimes confusing reasons.

“Takbir!” “Allahu akbar!” 

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  • Omar Ahmed

    Salaam, nice job. With number 4, Mashallah does not ward of the evil eye/ nazar. That is done by saying Allahuma Barik Fihi as narrated by Ibn Sunni on the authority of Sahl Ibn Hunayf in a Hadith (See Nawwai, Kital Al-Adhkar page 398) . There is also this popular youtube vid, “Does Saying: “Masha Allah” Prevent THE EVIL EYE | IMPORTANT REMINDER” that better describes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvsMIVM1D4U


  • Teresa Morrisroe

    Arabic speaking Christians and Orthodox Catholics in the Middle East and Africa including Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and Syria say Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar often in their everyday lingo.