Exploring Arabic and Arabic words.

Glossary

abaya
Black gowns that cover women from head-to-foot, revealing only the eyes through a veil.
abu
"Father of"
Allahu Akbar
"God is great".
almagest
The Greatest.
Basmala
Aka Bismillah. An Arabic noun for the a phrase that recurs in the Qur'an: Bismi-llāhi ar-Raḥmāni ar-Raḥīmi = "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful". Each of the 114 surah = "chapters" starts with the Basmala (except for the 9th) and is not counted as an ayat = "verse" (except for 27:30).
bin
ibn. "Son of".
hajj
The annual pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina (both in Saudi Arabia), that Muslims are required to do at least once in their lives.
inshallah
"God willing."
majlis
A social gathering, usually weekly, for conversation and counsel. Often citizens talk man-to-man with the host, a leader in the community.
safqa
A deal made fast and in secrecy.
talaq
"Divorce". In the Muslim tradition, if a husband says talaq three times in a row, then the couple is divorced.

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