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Wa (و)

(1) "And", eg. wa lillah mulk al samawat (And with Allah is the ownership of the heavens)
(2) "By", eg. wa-llah ([I swear] by Allah)

Wa Alaikum Assalam (و عليكم السلام)

When a Muslim is greeted with the word 'salam' or its variants, they should reply Wa Alaikum as-Salam - And upon you be peace.

Waddi (وادي)

A deep ditch formed by erosion.

Wadood (ودود)

Wadood means loving. One of God's names is 'Al-Wadood' - The Loving (God).

Wafat (وفات)

The death or passing-away of someone. For example people will use this word like: 'Today is the wafat of Prophet Muhammed (SAW)'.

The common word for death is mawt.

Wahid (واحد)

(1) The numerical value of one (1).
(2) A person.

Wajib (واجب)

Obligatory, necessary, mandatory.

Walad (ولد)


Wali (ولي)

Leader, friend, protector, guardian, supporter, helper, etc. It is a general word that changes meaning depending on the sentance or situation.

Walimah (وليمه)

A marriage banquet at the wedding reception.

Waliyullah (ولي الله)

Waliyullah is composed of two words: wali and Allah. Together they mean 'Leader from Allah' or 'Leader chosen by Allah'.

Wallah (والله)

Wallah or Wallahi means '(I swear) by Allah'. It is used to affirm the conviction of being truthful.

War (حرب)

The Arabic word for war is 'harb'.

Wardah (ورده)

Flower. This word has been used as a girl's name.

Washing (غسل)

The Arabic word for washing is 'ghusl'.

Wasiyah (وصيه)

A written will or testament.

Watan (وطن)

Nation or country.

If i is added to the end of the word it becomes watani which means My Country.

Water (ماء)

The Arabic word for water is Ma'.

Wayyak (وياك)

The word wayyak can be used to warn people in a precautionary manner. It can mean 'be careful of' or it can be used in a more aggressive tone to mean '(may) Woe be unto you (if)...'.

Wedding (عرس)

The Arabic word for wedding is '`iris'.

Wehda (وحده)

(1) The value of 1 (one) in Arabic. (feminine)
(2) A (female) person.

Wejh (وجه)


Where (اين)

The Arabic word for 'where' is 'aina'.

The 'a' on the end is a diacritic.

White (أبيض)

The English word 'white' is abyadh in Arabic

Why (لمذا)

The Arabic word for 'why' is 'limadha'.


See Evil

Wiladah (ولادة)

Birth or birthday.


Testaments (written directions made by a person for the disposal of his or her property after death).

Wiswas (وسواس)

The words and ideas that the Shaitans whisper into a person's heart to tempt them to do sinful things.

The word wiswas is found in the Quran in Surat Al Naas (The People).
-In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful-
[114.1] Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of men,
[114.2] The King of men,
[114.3] The God of men,
[114.4] From the evil of the whisperings of the slinking (Shaitan),
[114.5] Who whispers into the hearts of men,
[114.6] From among the jinn and the men.


example [a person who sees or hears something, a person who gives evidence in a law court, -verb- be a witness at or of; sign( a document) as a witness]

Wives (زوجات)

The plural English word 'wives' is 'zawjat' in Arabic.

Wodu (وضوء)

See Wudhu.

Women (نساء)

The Arabic word for women is 'nisaa'.

World (عالم)

The Arabic word for world is '`alem'.

Worship (عباده)

The Arabic word for worship is 'Ibadah'. The Arabic word for prayer is 'Salat'.


Devout (a person who pay respect to Allah, a person who pay worship to Allah.).

Worthy, Good work

Righteous, good deeder, wholesome deed (having great merit).


Hypocrite (a person who acts illegally or immorally, a person whose acts and thoughts are different.).


Void, invalid (contrary to what is fair,just or legal).


Wudhu is known as 'ablution' in English. Wudhu is a ceremonial act of washing and wiping the hands, face, arms, head and feet before praying or touching the text of the Quran. Without wudhu those activities would be void and unlawful.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
[5.6] O you who believe! when you rise up to prayer, wash your faces and your hands as far as the elbows, and wipe your heads and your feet to the ankles; and if you are under an obligation to perform a total ablution (ghusl janabah), then wash (yourselves) and if you are sick or on a journey, or one of you come from the privy, or you have touched the women, and you cannot find water, betake yourselves to pure earth and wipe your faces and your hands therewith, Allah does not desire to put on you any difficulty, but He wishes to purify you and that He

Wudo (وضوء)

See Wudhu.

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