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Calendar (تقويم)

The Arabic word for calendar is 'taqweem'. See Islamic Calendar for more information. span id=

Caliph (خليف)

See Khalif.

Calligraphy (خط)

Calligraphy is known as khat in Arabic.

Chador (چادر)

The chador (pronounced correctly as chaddir) is an item of clothing used by women. It is effectively a large, thin, shawl that is wrapped around the body and covers the head too. It is most popular in Iran, although it is coming out of fashion, and it is usually black in colour.

The first letter of the true-form word is a Persian letter.

Chair (كرسي)

The Arabic word for chair is 'Kursi'


Voluntary alms (loving kindness towards others)

Child (طفل)

Child in Arabic is 'Tifl'.

Children (اطفال)

Children in Arabic is 'Atfal'. A single child is known as a 'tifl'.

Christian (مسيحي)

The word 'Christian' in Arabic is 'Maseehy'.

Circumambulate (طواف)

To circumambulate (this is an English word), is to go round the K'aba seven times. This is a rite-of-passage of Hajj. In Arabic this is known as doing Tawaf.


Cutting off the foreskin of a male person as a religious rite.

Civil ordinances of Islam

A collection of Islamic laws for private rights of citizens


Taharat is the state of being clean and not impure.

Clear rule

Free from doubt, not confused


Colin is an English name meaning 'People's Victory'.

Come (تعال)

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Commands and prohibitions

Religious injunctions and commandments.


 Interpreter,expositor, exegete (a person who comments religious issues.)


Firm trust, conviction, devotion to God (Trust to something firmly.)

Congratulations (مبروك)

The Arabic word for congratulations is 'mabrook'.

Congregational prayer

Communicational prayer (a group of people gathered for religious worship.)


Knowledge through successive transmissions, following continuously , in unbroken order


Reformer, peace-maker (offering helpful suggestions)


A contented state.


A formal agreement between people or groups or countries.

Contractual partnership

Partnership according to  a contract.


Be contrary (state the opposite, what is said is untrue or that a person is wrong.).


Convicing [proving or declaring (a person ) to be guilty of a crime, a firm opinion or belief, being convince].

Cool (بارد)

Cool (cold) in Arabic is barid.

There is no Arabic word for the slang term 'cool', but a lot of Arabs use the French version - Chique (pron. Sheek).


Dishonester (a person which is dishonest or immoral.)

Country (دوله)

The Arabic word for country is dawlah.

Covenant (عهد)

The Arabic word for covenant is '`ahid'.

Crazy (مجنون)

The Arabic word for crazy is Majnoon.

Crescent (هلال)

The Arabic word for a crescent moon is 'Hilal'.

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