Friday, 26 November 2010

Positive Islamic Vocabulary

This article was contributed by our reader: Sister Shuhenara.
When you speak do you speak beautiful words/phrases that touches someone's heart, reaches their very soul and brings out the best in them? Do your words make a positive impact and make them productive and pro-active? Are your words encouraging and powerful?

Look around you and notice the very special people in your life who are positively changing your life only by the language they use each day. Listen to their beautiful words - listen and learn.
Start your own beautiful vocabulary list today, be that special someone for people around you, make a difference. Go on do it now....
Here is my growing list of beautiful positive vocabulary words/phrases from our beautiful religion:

Bismillah (in the name Allah) - Say Bismillah at beginning of every task you do. Say it loudly and softly so others hear you and copy you as well.
Assalamu Alaykum (Peace be with you) - This beautiful greeting which we’ve been gifted with. The greeting that Allah & His Messenger (Peace be upon him) ordered us to use. The greeting of every pious Muslim and one that creates love between Muslims. You go anywhere in the world and just say these 2 words and you’ll immediately positively connect with your brother/sister in Islam.

Subhan-Allah - Our mode of exclamation in the Ummah! We glorify Allah when we exclaim instead of saying “Oh My Goodness” or “Dear Me!” or other exclaiming phrases in any other language. Use SubhanaAllah often - it’s beautiful when everything in our life we refer it back to Allah.

Al-hamdulillah - The most beautiful words to be kept on the tongue. Al-hamdulillah in good times and al-hamdulillah in bad times. It means ‘all praise and thanks are due to Allah’. Just this one phrase relieves you from the day’s anxieties, make you feel happier and more satisfied. If you seek contentment in your life regardless of your situation, keep saying Al-hamdulillah.

Allahu Akbar - Our victory cry! Allahu Akbar in every moment of success! Allahu Akbar whenever the deen of Allah rises above all . Allahu Akbar when we have ProductiveMuslims such as you doing productive things for this Ummah.

Inna-lillahi-wa inna ialyhi-raji'oon (To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return) - In moments of great sadness, especially when we lose someone near or far, these words should be uttered. Allah says in the Quran:
O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.

"And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah. "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not.
Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,

Who say, when afflicted with calamity: "To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return":-
They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance."

MashaAllah - Whenever you exclaim at something beautiful, instead of saying “wow” use MashaAllah. This is also said to ward off the evil eye. It means “What Allah wills” i.e. this beautiful thing you love or was amazed by, is what Allah willed. Isn’t this a great meaning?

Hasbi Allahu Wa-ni-maal Wakeel (Allah is sufficient for me) - If you worried about the next exam coming up, or a difficult situation you’ll face during the day - say Hasbi Allah Wa Nimaal Wakeel. Turn to Allah, and tell your worries to Allah and remember that Allah is sufficient for you. I guarantee you, you’ll find so much happiness instantly and your worry will be taken care of.

JazakAllahu Khairan (may Allah reward you) - the Muslim version of “thank you!” - It has a greater meaning that just thanking the person, you’re taking a step further and actually praying for them. What a super way of thanking a person!
InshaAllah - A Muslim recongizes that nothing he does in this world is in his control. We plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners. Allah said in the Quran:

"Nor say of anything, "I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow"-
Without adding, “If Allah wills (InshaAllah).”
La ilaha illaAllah - the key to paradise, and the reason why heaven and hellfire were created, messengers were sent, Books were brought to earth, nations were destroyed and others prospered. Renew your faith with la ilaha illa Allah each day and keep your tongue wet with this remembrance.
Astagh-furullah - 2 simple words with deep meaning and deep positive effect on the person. It means: O Allah forgive me. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) used to say it more than 70 times in one sitting. It’s a blessing, and one of the keys of sustenance and removing anxiety. (Power of istighfaar)

I’ve noted that people who constantly use the above words/phrases in their day to day language lead a positive life and have a positive impact on others.
What other positive Islamic words can you think of?