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Word List #3

Yaa Muhammad! – If a man’s name is unknown (and in some cases his name is known, but no one cares to address him by it), he is called “Muhammad.”

  • Usually the person being called “Muhammad” is a worker.
  • “Yaa Muhammad” is similar to “Hey Joe!” or “Hey you!” (unfortunately as Muhammad is a praiseworthy name).

Sanf/Sinf: Maaddah Item. There are other meanings, however, if you see this word in supermarket circulars, it means item, Wallaahu Aa’lam.

Taazah: Taazaj – Fresh/new.

Jambaree/Jammaree – Rubyaan – Shrimp.

  • Quick side note: Fried = maqlee/maqliyyah.

Ex: Dajaajah maqliyyah = (Fried) Chicken nuggets.

Ex: Jambaree maqlee – Fried shrimp.

‘Abayah: ‘Abaa-a – If you go to the sooq and ask for an ‘abayah, you will be given a jilbaab. If you specifically ask for an “Abayah Islaamiyyah,” you will be given what we call in the West an “overhead abayah.”

  • If you’d like an ‘Abayah Islaamiyyah with a tieback, then ask for it “ma’a raabtah.”
  • Most shops stop at size 68 or 70. If you need something longer, they will offer you a tailor-made garment. This is known as “tafseel.”

Fareez: Faraawalah – Strawberry.

  • Some doctors refer to it in their home remedy books as AlĀ Faraawalatul Fareez or Toot al Ardhee.

My daughter came home from the corner store crying covered in soot. I asked my neighbor what happened while they were out. She said, “taahat,” meaning “waqa’at” (she fell).

Asfal: Tahta – under.

In Shaa Allaah I will add ‘Arabic text to all the word lists as I dislike to use transliteration alone. I will update as soon as I can.

I am not upon a high level of knowledge when it comes to the ‘Arabic Language. I am still treading the path, Walhamdulillaah. If there’s some misinformation in either of the word lists, post a correction in the comment section. Baarakallaahu feekum.

2 thoughts on “Word List #3

  1. JazaakAllah for sharing. its all these lil tid-bits that make life easier alhamdulillah for those fortunate enought to make hijrah as well as if you go for umrah or hajj. sister, hope u have not been affected by the floods in jeddah inshaAllah.

  2. Aameen wa iyyaaki.

    Not all of Jeddah was affected by the flood, Walhamdulillaah. My district and surrounding areas are fine.

    Keep the families that were tested in your ad’iyyah ukhtee. I’ve seen some devastating photos and read some sad stories in the news. Some expats want to leave the city now out of fear of it happening all over again. {We can’t escape Allaah’s Qadar. If we are to die by way of drowning, it doesn’t matter if you are in Jeddah or Georgia.}

    Billaahit tawfeeq.

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