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InShaAllah (Arabic: إن شاء الله‎‎ , ʾin shāʾallāhu; pronounced [ʔɪn ʃaːʔ ɑɫˈlɑh]), also in sha Allah or insha'Allah, is the Arabic language expression for "God willing" or "if God wills".[1] The phrase is commonly used by Muslims, Arab Christians, and Arabic-speakers of other religions to refer to events that one hopes will happen in the future.[2][3] It expresses the belief that nothing happens unless God wills it and that God's will supersedes human will.[2]

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A similar expression exists in Maltese: jekk Alla jrid (if God wills it).[4] Maltese is descended from Siculo-Arabic, the Arabic dialect that developed in Sicily and later in Malta between the end of the 9th century and the end of the 12th century.[5]

On The Iberian Peninsula[edit]

In the Spanish and Portuguese languages the expressions ojalá (Spanish) and oxalá (Portuguese) come from the Arabic expression inshaAllah.[6]


In Turkish, the Arabic expression can be heard colloquially Turkified into the "turko-arabic" word inşallah, to indicate God's (Allah's) work () is at hand.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rebecca Clifta1; Fadi Helania2. "Language in Society - Inshallah: Religious invocations in Arabic topic transition - Cambridge Journals Online". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b John L. Esposito, ed. (2014). "Insha Allah". The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Anthony Shadid (Jan 11, 2010). "Allah - The Word". At War. New York Times. 
  4. ^ Azzopardi-Alexander, Marie; Borg, Albert (2013-04-15). Maltese. Routledge. ISBN 9781136855283. 
  5. ^ "The European Union". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  6. ^ RAE Dictionary: Ojalá: Del ár. hisp. law šá lláh 'si Dios quiere'
  7. ^ "işallah". eksisozluk. ekşi teknoloji ve bilişim a.ş. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Keşke kadınlar olmasaydı hocam.. İşallah bilim çok ilerler ve birbirimizi sikerek hep erkek doğarız.. Sevgiler". Balık Kafası. Balık Kafası. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 

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