On November 18, 2005, I sent out a request for assistance, looking for someone to help put together an audio recording of the list of words and phrases that make up the now, much re-cycled - *smile* - "Beginner's Cheat Sheet" (inserted below). Al-hamdulillah, 16-months later (March '07) I am thrilled to share (belatedly blog-wise) that the task has, at long last, been embraced by a dedicated Muslim brother from Jordan. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala reward him greatly, in this dunya and in the Hereafter, insha'Allah. Amin.
I wanted to make the file available via web-link so it is uploaded to the SisterAishah.com website server. You may access the file via the following link, however, please note that due a file size limitation of 5MB, I had to upload it as a .zip file because it happened to be 5.27MB.
When you click on the link you will get a window that asks if you want to open or save the file. You may select "open" - this will start the download process, which is generally pretty quick, however, if you are on a dial-up connection, please realize you must be a little patient. *wink*
When the .zip file has downloaded, a window will open that contains the file. You will see a music note symbol and the text, "MP3" with the file name: "tasabeeh" - to the left you will see a link that says "Extract all files". Click on that link to extract the file. When the file is extracted you will again see the file, only this time you can double-click on the file to play it, or right-click on the file for a selection of other options. Since the file is in MP3 format you can also upload it to your iPod! Enjoy! Insha'Allah!
DIRECT LINK: http://sisteraishah.com/files/tasabeeh.zip
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Sister Aishah's "Beginners Cheat Sheet" with Audio: http://sisteraishah.com/files/tasabeeh_audio.htm
ALAYHIS SALAM - Alayhis Salam - 'Peace be upon him', a formula used after the name of a prophet.
AMEEN - Ameen - The Arabic expression meaning 'Please accept'. Used at the end of prayers and supplications (duas).
ASSALAMU ALAYKUM- Assalamu Alaikum - 'Peace be upon you' the greeting of the muslim. [The reply is 'wa alaikumus salam' which means 'and peace be upon you'. The fuller version reads, 'assalam u alaikum wa rahmatulahi wa baakatuhu' which means 'peace be upon you and the blessings and mercy of Alllah' the reply is 'wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatulahi wa baakatuhu'].
ALLAHU AKBAR - Allahu Akbar - The Arabic expression meaning 'Allah is greater'. Also called the takbir.
ALLAHU A'ALAM - Allahu A'alam - An Arabic expression meaning 'Allah knows best'.
AL HAMDU LILAH WA SHUKRU LILLAH - Al Hamdulilah wa Shukru Lillah - The Arabic expression meaning which means 'Praise belongs to Allah and all thanks to Allah'.
ASTAGFURALLAH - Astagfur'Allah - The Arabic expression meaning, 'I ask forgiveness of Allah'.
AUDHU BILLAHI MIN ASH SHAYTAN AR RAJIM - Audhu Billahi min ash Shaytan ar Rajim - The Arabic expression meaning, 'I seek protection in Allah from the accursed satan'.
BARAKALLAH FIK - Barak'Allah Fik - An expression which means, 'May the blessings of Allah be upon you.' When a muslims wants to thank another person, he uses different statements to express his thanks, appreciation and gratitude. One of them is Barak'Allah.
BISMILLAH AR RAHMAN AR RAHIM - Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim - The basmala. 'In the name of Allah, the all Merciful the all Compassionate' [this is also translated as In the Name of Allah most Gracious Most Merciful].
FI AMANALLAH - Fi Aman'Allah - Valedictory (expressing or containing a farewell) phrase meaning 'In Allahs protection'.
FI SABILILLAH - Fi Sabilillah - The Arabic expression meaning 'In the way of Allah', 'For the cause of Allah' [also used to mean 'for the love of Allah'].
HASBALA - Hasbala - The Arabic expression, 'Hasbunallah wa nimalwakil' meaning 'Allah is enough for us and an excellent guardian'. Usually known as 'Hasbi Allah'.
INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAYHI RAJIUN - Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiun - This is something which a muslim expresses when he is afflicted by a misfortune, the meaning of which is, 'We are from Allah and to Him are we returning.' It is taken from an ayat (verse) from the Quran (ch 2 vs 156). [This is usually said upon hearing of the death of an individual.]
INSHALLAH - Insha'Allah - The Arabic expression meaning 'If Allah wills' - 'God Willing'. [This is usually said when referring to a situation in the future e.g. IinshAllah I will go to the grocery shop tomorrow." etc.]
ISTIGHFAR - Istighfar - To ask the forgiveness of Allah, especially by saying, Astagfur'Allah, 'I seek the forgiveness of Allah'.
JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRAN - Jazaka Allahu Khairan - Jazakallahu Khayran -This is a statement of thanks and appreciation to be said to a person who does a favour. Instead of saying 'shukran' (thanks), this phrase is used. It means 'May Allah reward you with good'.
LA HAWLA WALA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH - 'la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah' - The meaning of this expression is, 'There is no power nor strength save in Allah' . This is said by a Muslim when he/she is struck with calamity, or is taken over by a situation beyond his/her control.
MASHALLAH - Masha'Allah - A phrase literally meaning 'What Allah wishes', and it indicates a good omen.
RABBANA WA LAKAL_HAMD - Rabbana wa Lakal Hamd - 'Our Lord, Praise if yours', said after rising from ruku after saying 'sami Allahuliman hamidah' [which means 'Allah listens to the one who praises him'].
SUBHANALLAH - Subhan'Allah - 'Glorified is Allah.' To honour Allah andmake Him free from all (unsuitable evil things) that are ascribed to Him, (or 'Glorified be Allah').
SUBHANALLAH WA TA'ALA - Subhanahu wa ta'ala - 'Glorified is He and exalted', an expression that Muslims use when the name of Allah is pronounced or written [this is often abbreviated as (swt)].
TABARAK'ALLAH - Tabarak'Allah - The formula 'Blessed is Allah' [usually used in the context of when one hears good news].
YA ALLAH - 'Oh God' - or 'Lets Go' Often used by Aishah's adopted sister, Sameera (in Saudi Arabia), when she would call out, "Ya'Allah! Aishah! Come!" *smile*