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    Glossary of Terms

    قاموس المصطلحات
    Aalem:Arabic for scholar.
    Ahlulbait:Muhammad and the Infallible members of his family, Peace be upon him and them.
    Ahlulbayt:See Ahlulbait.
    Ahlulkissa: Fatimah and her father (Prophet Muhammad) and her husband (Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb) and her sons (al-Hassan and al-Hussein), Peace be upon them.
    Alem:See aalem.
    Al-/al-:Arabic for the.
    Praise be to God:Arabic for "absolute praise be to God."
    Allah:Arabic for God. The name of God in Arabic.
    Arabic:Arabic is the native language of the Arabs. It is language of the Qur'an, the holly book of Islam.
    Ayatollah:A title given to a Shiite scholar who has completed a particular high level of theological work.
    Azakhana-e-Zahra:An Islamic Shia center established by Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi and located in Milpitas, California.
    BASMA:The Business Association of the Shiite-Muslims of America™.
    Ibn:Arabic for "son of."
    BOD:Board of Directors.
    Du'a:Arabic for prayer or supplication.
    Fortieth:This is the fortieth day after the death of a person.
    Al-Hajj:An honorary Arabic title used to honor those who have performed the pilgrimage. To Muslims, the Hajj is the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
    Hajj:Arabic for pilgrimage. To Muslims, the Hajj is the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca in Arabia.
    Halaqa:Arabic for ring or circle. Also, read about the Islamic Halaqa Program.
    Ibnat:Arabic for "daughter of."
    ICA:Iraqi Community Association.
    ICCNC:Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California.
    Inshallah: Arabic for "God willing. Also spelled as Insha'Allah.
    Irfan:Arabic for recognition. In theological terms: Recognizing the divine knowledge residing in our hearts.
    Ithar: Arabic for altruism. The act of giving up what one has and yet needs to others!
    Jama'aah: Arabic for group.
    Jama'aah prayer: Arabic for "group prayer."
    M4:M4 is the alternate name of the Islamic Halaqa Program. The Arabic motto of this project includes four main words starting with the letter 'm;' thus M4.
    Light of Lights:One of the titles and attributes of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF.
    Mahdi:The Guided. Al-Mahdi, PBUH, is the Twelfth Imam. He appears after the Earth has become filled with tyranny and oppression to fill it with fairness and justice.
    Mahasen al-Akhlaqa:Arabic for "the benevolent temperament."
    Makarem al-Akhlaq:Arabic for "the generous temperament."
    Maulana:ِAbbreviation of Maulana, which is Arabic for "our lord."
    Muhajir:Arabic for immigrant.
    Mumin:Arabic for faithful. Used to refer to the devout believer in the Islamic faith.
    Mustahab: Arabic for recommended. More precisely, it is Arabic for "favored by God."
    Salat:Arabic for prayer. Example: Salat az-Zuhr (the Noon Prayer).
    PBUH:Peace be upon him/her.
    PBUT:Peace be upon them.
    S:Abbreviation of Salam or salawat of God be upon him/her.
    Salam:Arabic for peace. Peace is one of the 99 Qur'anic Holy Names of God.
    Salawat: Arabic for blessings. Example: Fatimah, salawat of God be upon her.
    Salat al-Maghrebain:Arabic for "Maghreb and Esha prayers."
    Sayyed:Arabic for lord. An honorary title used to refer to a man who is a pious descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF, through his daughter Fatimah az-Zahra, PBUH.
    SFBASIC:San Francisco Bay Area Shia Islamic Community.
    Shia:See Shiite.
    Shiite:A follower of the earliest branch of Islam. A Shiite is a follower of Ali ibn Abi Taleb, PBUH, the son in-law of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF. The Shiites of Ali, PBUH, existed during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF.
    SABA:Shia Association of Bay Area (a.k.a. Saba Center; a.k.a. Saba Islamic Center; a.k.a. SABA, Inc.; a.k.a. Saba Mosque).
    Syed:Same as Sayyed.
    Tawfiq:Arabic for "the concurrence of God."
    Ulema:Arabic: Plural of aalem, which Arabic for "Islamic Scholar."
    Ummah:Arabic for nation.
    Urdu:A language spoken by Muslims from India and Pakistan.
    Vali-e-Faqih:Farsi for "Supreme Islamic Shia Jurisprudent."
    Al-Wali al-Faqih: Arabic for "Guardian Jurisprudent."
    Zuhoor:Arabic for appearance.
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