Saturday, March 7, 2015

Learn Arabic Series - Greetings

As an expat in Dubai it was my dream to learn Arabic on the day one I landed here.  Few of the Arabic online lessons helped me to learn a little, but never took me in a satisfactory level. Now I restarted my learning challenge and thought to share the learning with the people who want to learn Arabic.

This is the first post on learning Arabic conversation skills in Dubai.

One fine day morning I am reaching office and my Arabic colleague reached office already. I thought to have a short conversation with him, went to his office and wished

Assalam - o- alikum أسلم عليكم 

.(Peace from God be upon you) immediately he responded by saying

wa 'alaykum salaam wa rahmathullahو عليكم سلام و رحمتهلله 

(Peace and mercy from God upon you too). Yes this is the traditional responses all arabic or Muslim people using. The things to note here when you wish peace the second person will respond with an addition of mercy too. This is more than a normal wish for them and it is a prayer too. As we are involved with several things in life getting a peace in life very important.
The better greeting and reply are illustrated in the following Hadith concerning the companions of Muhammad, Umar, and Abu Bakr, riding together on one mount. When they passed by people, Abu Bakr(RA) greeted them saying: "Assalamu alaikum" and they replied: "Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah." Or he may greet them saying: "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah," for which their reply was: "Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh." Abu Bakr(RA) commented: "Today, people have gained much more than us." Sahih al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad
I continued by saying

Sabah el khair صباح الخير 

-Good Morning!. then he said SabaaH an-nuur صباح أن نور morning of light

I was little pause as I was thinking what to ask him next, without waiting my response he asked me kayf Haalak? كيف حالك  (How are you?)
I said

Ana bi-khayr, al-Hamdu lillah - أنا بي خير الحمدلله 

I am fine thank you.
"hey Khalid" my manager calling me and want to go to him immediately so I decided to leave by saying good bye

ma'a as-salaama


Some more forms of Arabic greeting

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