How do you greet someone in Islam? – Islamic Greetings Full Guide

How do you greet someone in Islam?

Islamic greetings are one of the most significant Islamic terms that non-Arab Muslims and new Muslims know while learning Arabic. They are one of the basics that they need to learn how to deal with other Muslims precisely in Arab countries.

Islam’s advent impacted all life aspects, including social life. It added multiple phrases that contain Allah’s mention, which Muslims use in different situations. 

This article offers a guide to knowing the most popular Islamic terminologies and phrases that Muslims use in their daily lives.

How Do You Greet Someone In Islam?

You can greet each someone in Islam by saying “As-salamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh” السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته” “, which means:” May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you”. 

Muslims also say Islamic greetings at the end of praying. It is called “Taslim”, the last pillar of prayer.

How Do You Respond to Salaam Alaikum?

You should respond to Salaam alaikum by saying:” Wa Alaykum As-salam Warahmatullahi Wabaraktuh” “وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته”, which means:” May peace be upon and the mercy and blessings of Allah”.

Who Should Greet First in Islam?

According to the prophetic narration, Abu Huraira reported that prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:” The rider should first greet the pedestrian, and the pedestrian the one who is seated, and a small group should greet a larger group (with As-Salam-u-‘Alaikum)”.

When Should We Not Say Salam?

We shouldn’t say Salam if the others are busy with different actions like talking, remembering Allah, studying Fiqh, calling to prayer, fighting in a war, performing ablution, and praying. etc  

In turn, Muslims shouldn’t reply to Salam when they aren’t available to reply in several instances such as eating, drinking, praying, reciting the Quran, calling to prayer, and studying.

What is an Arabic greeting?

Arabic greeting is different from Islamic. When you learn Modern Standard Arabic, you’ll find that Arab greeting each other by saying “Marhaba” “مرحبًا”, which means “Welcome”.

Arabs reply to this word by saying “Marhaban bik” “مرحبًا بك” for male, “or “Marhaban biki” “مرحبًا بكِ” for female, or “Marhaban bikum” “مرحبًا بكم” for a group. Arabs use it in formal situations.

Moreover, Arabs commonly say “Ahlan” “أهلاً”, or “Ahlan Wa Sahlan” “أهلاً وسهلاً” while greeting, which means “Hello”. It’s common among Arabs in different countries. 

In the morning, Arabs say “Sabah-Al Kheir” “صباح الخير”, and reply with “Sabah Al-Noor” “صباح النور”. They both mean “Good Morning”.

For evening greetings, Arabs say “Masaa al-kheir” “مساء الخير”, and its reply is “Massa al-Noor” “مساء النور”. This greeting means “Good Evening” or “Good Night”

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How Do You Say Bye in Islam?

Muslims say bye in Islam through the following words:


  • “Al-wadaʿ” “الوداع” or (Wadaʿ an) “وداعًا”, which means “Farewell”.
  • “Fi Aman Allah” “في أمان الله”, which means “In Allah’s Protection”.
  • “Ilá al-liqāʾ” “إلى اللقاء”, which means “until the next time” 


  • “Salam” “سلام”, which means “Peace” and its response is the same word.
  • “Ma’ al-Salamah” “مع السلامة” “with peace” and its response is “Allah ya-salmak” “الله يسلمك”, which means “Allah keep you safe”.

What Does Inshallah Mean in Islam?

Inshallah “إن شاء الله” in Islam means “If Allah wills”. Arabs use this phrase commonly when they talk about something that may happen in the future or express a wish. The reason for using this word is the belief that everything happens by Allah’s will.

What Mashallah Means?

Mashallah “ماشاء الله” means “What Allah has willed has done/happened”. Muslims use this word when they see someone or something beautiful and express happiness and surprise.

Arabs use this word to avoid envy and the evil eye when they express admiration.

How Do you Reply to Masha Allah?

Muslims reply to Masha Allah by saying several replies like “Shokran” (Thank you), “Jazak Allahu Khayran” “May Allah reward you”, or “Alhamdulillah” (Thanks to Allah). 

Therefore, your reply will be for expressing appreciation or reply with just a smile.

How Do You Say God is With You in Islam?

You can say God is with you in Islam with “Allah maak” “الله معك”. Muslims use it to wish for someone Allah’s assistance and support at any challenging task like exams and work.

You can wish for someone Allah’s protection by saying “Allah yahfazak” “الله يحفظك” which means “May Allah protect you”, and “Fi Amanullah” “في أمان الله ”, which means “May Allah’s protection be with you”.

How Do You Say Thank God in Islam?

Muslims say Thank God in Islam with “Alhamdulillah” “الحمد لله” or “Alhamdulillah Ala Kulli Haal” “الحمد لله على كل حال”, which means All praise to Allah in every condition, or “Alhamdulillah Daeman Wa Abadan” “الحمد لله دائمًا وأبدًا”, which means “All praise to Allah always and forever”.

How Do You Thank Someone in Islam?

You can thank someone in Islam by saying “Shukran ” “شكراً لك” “Thank You”, “Shukran Jazeelan” “شكرًا جزيلاً” “Thanks a lot”, or “Jazaak Allah Khiran” “جزاك الله خيرًا” ”May Allah reward you”.

How Do You Wish Good Luck in Islam?

You can wish good luck in Islam for someone by saying “Hadh Sa’eed” “حظ سعيد” or expressing it by making a dua “Wafak’k Allah Wa Sadad Khutaka” “وفقك الله وسدد خطاك”, which means “May Allah grant you success”.

What does Bismillah Stand for?

Bismillah “بسم الله” stands for “In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful. Bismillah in Islam is called “Basmalah”. Muslims used to say to mention Allah’s name before reciting Quran.

Muslims say Basmalah before eating as prophetic Sunnah. Prophet Muhammed recommended saying Basmalah before eating”. Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported that the Messenger of Allah said to him:” Mention Allah’s name (i.e., say Bismillah), eat with your right at hand, and eat from what is in front of you” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

What Does Ameen mean?

“Ameen” “آمين” means “verily”,” truth”, and “certainty”. Muslims don’t only use this word, but also Christians and Jewish. Muslims say it after finishing reciting Surah Al-Fatiha while praying every day and in the congregational prayer after the Imam recites Al-Fatiha. Moreover, Muslims say Ameen commonly after hearing a dua.

How Do You Say God Bless You in Islam?

Muslims say god bless you in Islam by saying “Baraka Allahu Fik” “بارك الله فيك”, or “Allah Yebarik Fik” “الله يبارك فيك”, or “Yubarikuk Allah” “يباركك الله”.

How Do You Say Dua for Someone?

You can say dua for someone through these steps:

  • Begin with Allah’s praising and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah by saying” Alhamdulillah Wal Salat Wal Salam Ala Rasoul Allah” “الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله”.
  • Be in the direction of Qiblah.
  • Move to the position of making dua by raising your hands.
  • Ask Allah for what you wish for someone in humility and with a strong faith in your lord.

What is Meant by Subhanallah?

Subhanallah “سبحان الله” in Islam means “Glory to be God” or “God is perfect”. Muslims used to say this word to express Allah’s greatness and perfection.

Furthermore, Muslims say “Subhanallah” when they see a wonderful natural view or something or someone beautiful to express Allah’s power in creation.

What is The Reply to Alhamdulillah?

Muslims reply to “Alhamdulillah” “الحمد لله” by saying “Yarhamuk Allah” “يرحمك الله”, which means “May Allah have mercy on you”.

Muslims used to say Alhamdulillah when they sneeze as prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:” When one of you sneezes he should say: ‘Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah)”.

What is the Best Arabic Wish?

Arabs use many phrases to express their best wishes for someone such as: “Bel Tawfiq” “بالتوفيق”, which means “All the best” and “had sa’ed” “حظ سعيد”, which means “Good Luck”.

Also, you can say:” Mae Atyb Altamaniyat” “مع أطيب التمنيات”, which means “best wishes”.

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Knowing Islamic greetings is one of the basics of Islamic terminologies that you’ll need while dealing with Muslims.

Learning Arabic and Quran will let you discover how Muslims thank Allah or someone, say bye, make dua, and wish luck.

Also, you’ll understand the meaning of Arabic and Islamic phrases like Mashaaallah, Subhanallah, Ameen, and Inshallah.

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