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As a Muslim and an Islamic organization we prefer to express our feeling (i.e. happiness and sadness) using Arabic terminologies. These are used verbally or written as exemplified by our Prophet, peace be upon him, by means of his Sunnah. However, due to dialects and mother-languages, there are countless transliteration techniques. Although we acknowledge these transliterations as a blessing from Allah, it will help convey the right messages for the Logan Islamic Center (LIC) to have consistency in our publication. We have developed a transliteration table as a reference for our future publication and communication.


The transliteration process is as follows:

  1. Find the Arabic word or sentence
  2. Translate the Arabic word or sentence by following the guideline recommended by Brother Mohammed Adel Hussein (former member of LIC committee, currently working as an Arabic Instructor at the University of Minnesota)
  3. Find commonly used transliteration in online dictionaries (i.e., the http://www.dictionary.com/ and http://www.thefreedictionary.com/).

We recommend that you use the commonly used transliteration in any written communication.


We group these Arabic expressions into prayer, charity, and general expressions. All are presented in the following format:

Arabic How to Write
the Arabic word/sentence transliteration (recommendation; commonly used transliteration) rough translationrough translation

As we previous stated, we recommend you to use the commonly used transliteration in any written communication.


Arabic How to Write
إسلام ‘islaam (Islam) Islam is monotheism religion which believes in one God (Allah) and the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh)
الله Allaah (Allah) God
القرآن Al-Qar'aan (Al Qur'an) Koran; Muslim holy scripture
محمد Muhammad (Muhammad) The last prophet in Islam
رسول الله rasulullah (Rasulullah) Apostle of God
صحابة SaHaabah (Sahaba) The companions of Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh)
مكة Makkah (Mecca) The city of Mecca
رمضان Ramadhan (Ramadan) Muslim holy month where we must fast for a month.
أمير Ameer (Amir) The leader of the group.
امام Imaam (Imam) Religious leader.
علم 'ilm (Ilm) Knowledge
بدعة Bid'ah (Bid'ah) Innovation in religious matters; a man-made method to worship.


Arabic How to Write
مسجد Masjid (Masjid) Mosque
صلاة Salaat (Salat) Prayer
أذان ‘adhaan (Azan) A call for prayer
مؤذن Mu'adhdhin (Muazzin) The person who makes Azan
إقامة ‘iqaamet (Iqama) A call to start the prayer
سجود Sujood (Sujud) Prostration
ركوع Rukoo' (Ruku') Bowing down in Salat
تكبير Takbeer (Takbir) Glorifying Allah
طهارة Tahaarah (Taharah) The purity of body
وضوء Al-wudhuu' (Wudu) Ablution
تيمم Tayammum (Tayammum) Ablution using sand or dust
جمعة jumu'ah (Jumu'ah) Friday prayer
خطيب KhaTeeb (Khatib) A person who delivers the sermon
خطبة Khutbah (Khutbah) Sermon


Arabic How to Write
صدقة Sadaqah (Sadaqah) Voluntary charity
زكاة Zakaat (Zakat) Annual obligatory payment for cleansing the wealth


Arabic How to Write
عيد مبارك 'Eid Mubaarak (Eid Mubarak) Blessed Eid (holiday)
عيد الفطر ‘Eid al-Fitr (Eid Al-Fitr) Feast of breaking the fast after Ramadan
عيد الأضحى ‘id Al-ADHa (Eid Al-Adha) Feast of the Sacrifice
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته ومغفرته Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (As-Salamu Alaykum) Peace be upon you
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم bismi-llaahir raHmaani r-raHeem (Bismillah) A basmala; in the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
الحمد لله رب العالمين Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin (Alhamdulillah) All praise is to Allah, the sustainer of the creation
جزاكم الله خيراً Jazaak Allaahu Khairan (JazakAllah khairan) May Allah rewards you with goodness
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'oon (Inna Lillahi) Everything belong to Allah and will return to Him

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Data Sources / References
7.PRED.LIC.X.2016 - Islamic Terminologis Policy

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