Lolila, Egypt – Level 3


Do you speak Muslim? Muslims get asked this question many times. A lot of people think that all Muslims have a common language. Fortunately, that is not the case.

The official liturgical language of Islam is Arabic, but that does not mean all Muslims actually speak it. Even though many Muslims speak other languages than Arabic, there are a few words that we all know and that we use on a daily basis. This is an article for all the people out there who once got confused when their Muslim friend used ‘Muslim slang’.

The phrase As-salamu Alaikum means “Hello”, but its literal translation is “peace be upon you”. It is a very well-known greeting by both Muslims and non-Muslims. You might think: When do you guys ever use this? ‘As-salamu Alaikum’ basically replaces the classic ‘hello’. We use it when meeting or greeting people but also when saying goodbye. Depending on where you live and on whether you are a man or a woman, it can be accompanied by a handshake.

Fun fact: for the more advanced there is also Asalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, which is used in the same situation. But you add something more to the meaning. This extended version means ‘May the peace, the mercy, and the blessings of Allah be upon you.’


author: Lolila