Terminology

These are few most commonly used texts in Islamic literature: 

  • As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم) – Arabic greeting often used by Muslims around the world. It literally means what is close to "Peace be upon you". This type of greeting has been comanded by Allah (God) when Adam (AS) was created

  • Insha'Allah (إن شاء الله‎) – If Allah (God) wills. When a person is planing to do something or is hoping for something he or she should say (e.g.): "Insha'Allah this and this will happen." By using the word Insha'Allah you put the trust in Allah (God) as you believe He will provide the best for you. If something that you wished to come true did not happen while saying Insha'Allah, it indicates that Allah (God) does not see good in it for you.  

  • Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam or SAW – May Allah (God) honor him and grant him peacethis expression follows specifically after saying the name of the last prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW). By saying Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam you praise the Prophet for all that he has done for the Muslim comunity. As it has been said, he was the greatest Prophet who has been sent to the whole humanity

  • Alayhi Salaam or AS – Peace be upon him.  this expression follows after naming any prophet other than Muhammad, or one of the archangels (i.e. Jibreel, Mikaeel, etc.)

  • Amin – Please accept. This word is used after every dua or prayer. By using this word a Muslim is asking Allah (God) to accept his dua or prayer.

  • Dua – Prayer, invocation, supplication.

  • Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala or SWT – May He be Glorified and Exalted. The phrase appears after the name of Allah in Islamic texts such as the Qur'an and the Hadith. Saying this phrase is seen as an act of reverence and devotion towards Allah.

  • Zalimeen – Wrongdoers and/or oppressors.