Definitions

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  • interj. God willing; Deo volente; expressing the speaker’s wish for a given future event to occur, especially in an Arabic-speaking country or Islamic context.

Etymologies

A transcription of the Arabic إن شاء الله (’in shāallāh). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Until you can show me how saying "god done it" or "inshallah" is at all beneficial you have got some leg work to do.

    Combinatorial Dependencies

  • He sprinkled his remarks with the word inshallah, the Arabic expression for, If Allah wills it.

    NYT > Global Home

  • In fact, you might apply the typical phrase here, "inshallah" -- God willing.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2001

  • How can a conference, or a thousand conferences, on Muslim Entrepreneurship possibly undo the effect of this hatred of Bid'a, and this omnipresence of the idea of inshallah-fatalism?

    David Horowitz Freedom Center

  • After Random House pussed out on publishing Sherry Jones's historical novel Jewel of Medina about one of the wives of the prophet Muhammad-they were scared that it might incite violence from extremists, which is kind of the publishing equivalent of some big dude calling the cops on a girl-she told Leipziger Volkszeitung that a German publisher would print the book in English, inshallah.

    Gawker

  • In fact, they wouldn't even so much as blink if anyone said 'inshallah'.

    "Terrorism is a cancer in Pakistan, we are determined, God willing, we will rid the country of this cancer."

  • Over the weekend U.S. forces were sent out to patrol Baghdad neighborhoods, helping the Iraqis to loosely enforce what one soldier called an "inshallah" (God willing) curfew that prevented large crowds from gathering until afternoon prayers.

    War of the Mosques

  • They always said "inshallah" after every sentence; "I'll do it tomorrow, inshallah."

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • "They're set up on the 'inshallah' system," said Spc. John Johnson, a Colorado native who serves under Lembke's command.

    The News Tribune - Tacoma - - HOMEPAGE

  • You say 'inshallah' even when referring to events that are actually happening.

    Matador Network

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