Glossary of Arabic Words

The main text contains a number of Arabic words. The meanings are broadly as follows.

Da`wah: preaching of Islam, or making an invitation to understand Islam through a process of dialogue

Hadith: stories and sayings originating from the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad.

Haram (also sometimes transliterated as haraam): forbidden, referring to anything that is prohibited by the faith. The opposite is halal (halaal).

Inshallah: the equivalent of the English phrase God willing or If it be God’s will, or the Latin phrase Deo volente. In Arabic speaking countries the term is used by members of all religions.

Nikah: wedding ceremony

Ummah: community or nation, commonly used to refer to all Muslims wordwide.

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