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Inshallah (Arabic: إن شاء الله, ʾin shāʾallāhu), also in sha Allah or insha'Allah, is Arabic for "God willing" or "if God wills", and simply abbreviated iA. The phrase is used by both Muslims and Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews.
In the Quran, Muslims are told that they should never say they will do a particular thing in the future without adding insha-Allah to the statement.[better source needed] This usage of insha-Allah is from Islamic scripture, Surat Al Kahf (18):23-24: "And never say of anything, 'I shall do such and such thing tomorrow. Except (with the saying): 'If God wills!' And remember your Lord when you forget…'" The Muslim scholar Ibn Abbas stated that it is obligatory for a Muslim to say insha-Allah to refer to something they intend to do in the future.
The title expression has a derivation from the New Testament of the Bible. In the Epistle of James, the author, believed to be James, the half-brother of Jesus, writes, "Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'"
A similar expression exists in Maltese: jekk Alla jrid (if God wills it). 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.
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