Friday, March 10, 2006

Glossary of terms

I have had several non-muslim friends ask me about some of the terms that i used in my writings so here is a short glossary of a few of the words that you may not be familiar with.

Adhan is an Islamic way of calling Muslims to the five obligatory Prayers. The Adhan is announced daily from the Mosques.

Allah - the greatest and most inclusive of the names of God. It is an Arabic word of rich and varied meaning, denoting the one who is adored in worship, who creates all that exists, who has priority over all creation, who is lofty and hidden, who confounds all human understanding. It is exactly the same word as, in Hebrew, the Jews use for God (Eloh), the word which Jesus Christ used in Aramaic when he prayed to God. God has an identical name in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Allah is the same God worshipped by Muslims, Christians and Jews.
"He is God, the One God, Independent

Allahu Akbar ; Allah is the Greatest

Assalamu 'Alaikum means 'Peace be on you.' Greeting of the Muslims. The response to this greeting is 'Wa 'Alaikum Assalam,' and on you be the Peace.

Basmala literally the phrase, Bismillah Rehman Rahim "In the name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Mericful." This utterance is usually made by every Muslim who is about to embark on something lawful (Halal), regardless of the magnitude of the task. This is also the first verse of Surah Al-Fatehah (Chapter 1) of the Holy Quran.

Insha Allah ; "If Allah wills."

1. Imam signifies the leader, and in its highest form, refers to the head of the Islamic state. 2. It is also used with reference to the founders of the different systems of theology and law in Islam. 3. A person who leads the prayer.

"Friday." The Muslims' day of gathering together, when all Muslim males must go to the Masjid to hear the Friday Khutba (sermon) and to do the Jum'ah Salat (prayer), which is prayed instead of Dhur.

Sermon. The greatest sermon in the history of mankind was called al-Khutbatul Wida' (the farewell address), given by the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), during his last Hajj in 10 AH. There are various types of sermons:
1. Khutbatul Jum'ah (the Friday Sermon). This is given immediately before the Jum'ah Salah (Friday Prayer). 2. Khutbatul Eid (the Eid Sermon) This is given immediately after the prayer of the two Eids. 3. Khutbatul Nikah (the marriage sermon). This is given during the marriage ceremony.

Steps on which the Imam stands to deliver the Khutbah (address) on the day of the Jumah (Friday).


shultze said...

hi there

nice blog,and also very nice contents..keep it up bro:)


Mai said...

Al Salamu alikom,

you once posted a comment on one of my blog's posts, it was about prophet Mohammed ( PBUH )

I would like to thank you for your comment, i will read your blog inshaAllah when i have more time, but your last post is really useful for non muslims, keep up the good work, Jazak Allahu Khairan,
As salamu alikom

Anonymous said...

first and foremost, I would like to thank you for putting up the adhan on your blog. You have no idea how much it meant to hear the adhan here, in a non-muslim foreign country, where, prayers are kept through keeping watch of the prayer times, but not through a reminder of the adhan. if you know what i mean

and seeing makkah, and hearing the adhan never fails to fill my heart and mind with peacefulness and serenity. I miss Makkah and Medina...

Irzan said...


Thanks for your honest comment in my blog.

I used to stay in Oklahoma City for 2 1/2 years back in 1995. And being a minority Muslim in that place, I was kinda touched with the religious tolerance and openness amongst the non-muslim in that area.

I am not sure which part of US you are from, but nowadays from my friend there, it's very difficult to find religious tolerance anymore. There's so much hatred around. Suddenly after 9/11 there's so many hate that had been going on towards Islam, and it sadden me to the core.


Let's restore the peace, Insya-Allah...

Irzan said...

And one more thing,

You can certainly blog about your life experience of being a Muslim in the US.

THAT would certainly be a nice read.


Asma said...

Assalam o alaykum w.w.!

Good one ... and thanks for coming by my blog too ... Just for the sake of info ... Bismillah is not just the first aayah of surah e al fateha ... it's also the first aayah of every other surah except for Surah e al-taubah!

fee Aman Allah!

Edward Ott said...

Assalam Alaikum

pull out a Quran, look at al-Fateha, now look at the begiining of other surahs and you will see they do not count the Basmala as the fist ayat, but put it before the first ayat. it is strange yes but that is how it is done. I know i was scrathing my head whan the brother told me this to.

apeet pen-ed down his toughts said...


ed.thanks for droppin by my blog..

with regards to your question,i didnt do the was done by a fren..

sorie couldnt be of any help..

thank you aniway..

apeet pen-ed down his toughts said...


ed.thanks for dropping by my blog..

with regards to your question,i didnt do the was done by a fren..

sorry,couldnt be of much help.

thank you for the compliments..

Stellar said...

Salam 'Alaykom,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I certainly believe that indeed your blog is seriously interesting and difference.. I'll be checking it more often... :)

About the Bismillah, after pulling out my copy of the Qur'an, as you said, I saw that every surah had Bismillah in the beginning except for Surat Al-Taubah.