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See also: Mashallah



From Arabic مَا شَاءَ ٱللّٰه (mā šāʔa llāh).



  1. (Islam) Expressing the speaker's gratitude for a blessing or their recognition of divine intervention in its occurrence. God willed it.
    • 2019, Maggie Paxson, The Plateau, Penguin, →ISBN, page 308:
      Mashallah, I hear Akhmad say. Mashallah. I ask him what it means. “Mashallah, it's to be thankful. Something wonderful.” It means, literally, “God wills it.” And yet it seems, there's a kind of joy inside the word, too. Some large, cosmic gratitude.
  2. (Islam) Expressing the speaker's wish for a fortune to be maintained, especially against the evil eye; used in congratulation.
    Coordinate term: knock on wood
    • 2014, Na'ima B. Robert, She Wore Red Trainers: A Muslim Love Story, Kube Publishing Ltd, →ISBN:
      'Mashallah, fine set of boys you've got here, sir,' he smiled, shaking us all by the hand, and giving Jamal a mock punch on the shoulder. 'Y'all new to the masjid?' ' Yes, we are,' Dad answered him. 'It's our first time here as a family.'
  3. An indication of excitement, surprise or astonishment. Wow!

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