Monday, August 30, 2010

Arabic Phrases: MashaAllah

"Mashallah" is an Arabic word that litterally means "thank Allah/praise Allah".

Its cultural meaning in Oman?

It is Arabic for "I love that-but don't give it the "evil eye"" lol.
When you see something beautiful you say it, to show people you aren't jealous of them or that if you are, lol, it is jealousy in a good way, where you wish more for yourself, but that they keep and increase what they have.
Islamic meaning: It means you are aware that everything comes from Allah, that Allah can give and take at any time, so what blessings one or others is/are given, one should be thankful for.

2 comments:

Andrew Brown said...

I've heard that expression a million times but didn't really do some detailed search into its meaning until you left the comment "Mashallah" for one of the pics of my baby boy! Thanks for the compliment. By the way, I knew you weren't giving me "the evil eye", ha!ha!

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Andrew Brown: He is beautiful mashaAllah. All children are but I love when children have parents from different backgrounds.