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Islamic etiquette - 03 - Maa sha'Allah by Nayzak Islamic etiquette - 03 - Maa sha'Allah by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

Continuing our series of Islamic etiquette, today we see the expression 'Maa Sha'Allaah'.

ما شاء الله (Maa Sha'Allaah) is a phrase that we as Muslims use to express our appreciation, joy or praise for any event, or for a person, or just towards any wonderful thing that amaze us. So it is generally said upon hearing good news and/or seeing a wonderful thing.

It’s basically as if we’re saying "Wow!", "Great!" or "Cool!" But for Muslim it is always better to follow the teachings of the prophet of the God and his path by saying "Maa sha'Allaah (or Subhaanallaah -Glory be to the God-) when you feel mesmerized with something, as it serves as a reminder that all beauty or any accomplishments are achieved by the will of the God. This will somehow instil the essential Islamic doctrine of belief in destiny (Qadar).

That‘s why the literal English translation is "Allah has willed it (to happen)". Therefore it has the meaning of reflecting on the beauty of it and giving its credit to Allah as The Creator and The Controller of everything. This phrase is also used frequently by non-Muslims in the Arab World.

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To make it more clear, these are some examples of usage :
- If a child got excellent results in his exam, his mother would say “Ma sha'Allah! My son is so brilliant!”.
- When you see your friend wearing a gorgeous outfit, you say "Ma sha'Allah! Look at you! You are so pretty in this dress!"
- When you encounter a mom carrying her beautiful and adorable baby, you say “Your baby is so lovely, “Ma sha'Allah! ”
- Seeing an amazing view from the top of a mountain you say "Ma sha'Allah! Subhanallah! How beautiful is Allah’s creation! The scenery from here is awesome!"
- When visiting someone’s house, and you find it big and beautiful, you say “Ma sha'Allah! Your house is so cool!”
- When you see a person’s drawing is spectacular, you say “Ma sha'Allah!, this is magnificent! You are so talented!”
- When your brother call you to tell that his wife has delivered their baby, you would say “Ma sha'Allah! You’re now a father! ”

Note that this expression is always used for positive occasions.
Some people spell it "Mashallah". or "Masha Allah". but it is more corect to spell it "Ma sha Allah" or "Ma sha'Allah" because the original Arabic expression ما شاء الله is three words and not one or two.

In order to repel jealously and envy and always remind the Muslim of his God, Islam teaches that when a Muslim sees something good with his Muslim brother, he should say "Maa Sha'Allah" and add اللهم بارك عليه -Allaahumma Baarek Alayhi- which is translated as "Oh Allah, bless him" it's like a short prayer that the Muslim makes for his brother. keeping this habit helps prevent envy and its evil consequences.

I hope this was beneficial.

The Arabic sentence "Maa Sha'Allah' is written in Diwani script.

More from this series:

If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
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hasifzack Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Salam,your drawing so nice.can i used it in my poster;the child character include your signature?
Itsukiart Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he got a bomb!! take him down, fire at will!!!
Nayzak Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
you are a terrorist.
taara6 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
extreme-otaku77 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Very nice, the boy in this picture is so adorable ^^
blackpearl-82 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
may i know why u spell "Allaah" instead of "Allah" in the drawing....?
Nayzak Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
The Arabic word الله is spelled by stretching the second 'L' sound making it 'laa' instead of 'la'.
But since in English, a word with 2 vowels together seems odd, it is common to use the word 'Allah' instead of 'Allaah'. but the correct spelling (that follows the exact same Arabic pronunciation) should be Allah. so it is used in the transliteration of Arabic expressions.

Similarly, the word 'Islaam' is a more accurate spelling of the Arabic word than the word 'Islam'
Similarly, the word 'Jihaad' is a more accurate spelling of the Arabic word than the word 'Jihad'
Similarly, the word 'Hijaab' is a more accurate spelling of the Arabic word than the word 'hijab'
But since people got used to the words with only one 'a', it's not a problem in using them.

I hope this answers your question.
GCarty Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
I thought the reason for this use of "aa" (which incidentally I thought was mainly a Salafi thing) was to indicate the presence of an alif when the word is written in Arabic...
blackpearl-82 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
ok...thanks for the explanation...
zmote Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You know that bad thing about this is how it became a clishée(don't know if this is the right way to write it) of elder muslim people. For example, we use ins'Allah so many times in our daily lives, I guess, that at some point people began to interpret it as a joke, like "Ins'allah, ins'allah, saying that won't do anything, you have to do it yourself", which is pretty stupid if you think about its meaning, but yeah.

I wonder how one would go against traditionally established misconception of a word, so it could be used properly, but maybe it is a constant bound to the piety of a person.
3sooolh Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you
in my community ladies changed (Maa Sha'Allaah) they say wooooow
and they replace the entire arabic language with english just to look cool which is totally not cool
beside that it's hard to understand 2 mixed language -.-"
Joserinu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Yes my friends always tell me this word and I try to return the same etiquette. I even learned sign language for those words.
Amikazi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And to your art, I say Ma sha allah brother Nayzak!
theINAshow Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do my best to say Ma shaa' Allah more often, but sometimes wow and all those slip out of my tongue on reflex ... do you know any way to make Ma shaa' Allah be my reflex???
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the detail of the hearts in his eyes!
mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012

very very very very woooooooooooonederful my big bro
NinSega Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ma sha'Allah!!
Wirsha Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Done , " Ma sha' Allah " , so cute and useful article for those who didn't know about " Ma sha Allah " . :)
Darkness-Nightguard Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Ooooor "Allahu akbar!", when you're more surprised! :aww:
Great work as always, brother :D
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