SubhanAllah & MashaAllah. Two phrases often used by Muslims as highlighted in the things muslims say series by Christal Joan Muslim blogger + life coach

SubhanAllah & MashaAllah | Things Muslims Say

Bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Today we’ve covering two words in one post: SubhanAllah and MashaAllah.

subhanAllah and it’s meaning

We’ll start with subhanAllah. It’s literal meaning, like most thinks from Arabic to English is a bit difficult to translate. It’s something along the lines of, “glory be to Allah swt who is free from imperfections”. I think this in itself is quite profound. How many still worship false gods and idols
that have a multitude of imperfections?

SubhanAllah means glory be to Allah who is free from imperfections. A common phrase used by Muslims as detailed by Christal Joan Muslim blogger + coach in the things Muslims Say seriesSubhanAllah Is Dhikr (Remembrance)

Want palm trees in jannah? Then subhanAllah is the dhikr for you.


Narrated by Jabir (ra) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Whoever says Subhan Allahil ‘adheem wa bi hamdihi (Glory and praise be to Allah, the Almighty), a palm tree will be planted for him in Paradise.”


Dhikr has an abundance of blessings attached to it. Not only does it still an anxious or turbulent heart by remembering Allah swt, it increases the rewards that we’ll receive in jannah insha Allah. As the hadith says we should always be striving to “keep our tongues moist with the remembrance of Allah swt.”

The Prophet (saw) said in a hadith that there are “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by the Most Merciful One.” These 2 words are SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahi ‘l-`adheem (Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme), 2 variations of saying subhanallah.

SubhanAllah is part of some of the best supplications. They can be found in the Fortress of a Muslim. If you don’t have a copy of this book yet then you definitely need one! They retail for around £2, are small enough to fit in your handbag or pocket. Some places even give them out for free alhamdulillah.


“Shall I tell you the expression that is most loved by Allah?” It is `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi’ (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’.”


SubhanAllah, what an amazing phrase.


MashaAllah and it’s meaning

That brings us nicely onto ‘mashaAllah’ another phrase that we use, often! Especially if something good has happened. MashaAllah is used to show appreciation. The closest translation I could find was “as Allah has willed it.” It is a constant reminder that all good things come from Allah swt.

There are some accounts that say mashaAllah or mashaAllah ta barakAllah can be used to ward off the evil eye. However,  I am yet to come across an authentic hadith that states this, Allahu Alim. If you want more information about what to say to ward off the evil eye, this video may help insha Allah:



SubhanAllah or mashaAllah, whichever you use, use them with the intention of remembering Allah swt and the blessings He bestows on us everyday. Those that we are aware of and those that we are not!

MashaAllah means As Allah has willed it. A common phrase used by Muslims as highlighted by Christal Joan Muslim Blogger + coach

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18 thoughts on “SubhanAllah & MashaAllah | Things Muslims Say

  1. Fatima says:

    I used to use these a lotttt when I used to live in a Muslim country. Still use them but it’s now a bit restricted because I am in a non-Muslim country now!

  2. Nasra says:

    Jazaaki-llaahu khayran for this post, it was much needed. It is very important for us to read our dhkir daily. This post was a reminder for me to read more dhkir today, In Sha Allah.

    Thank you for the great post.


  3. Farah Abdullah says:

    Nice article sis, yet again. Are you a revert, too? You really write good ones, short and brief, and easy to understand for reverts 🙂

  4. Aminat says:

    I use these terms so frequently that my non-Muslim friends now use it when talking to me and among themselves. It’s kind of like a form of dawah. They’ll ask me what it means and because they like/appreciate the meaning, they’ll use it.

  5. The Rimsky Project says:

    Lovely and informative post. As a Muslim, I say these constantly without always thinking about the meaning. This was a great read 🙂

  6. UmmBilal says:

    I worked hard at trying to imbibe saying them and Alhamdulillah….😊. In truth even when i speak to non-muslims i still say it. Jazakillahu khayr

    • Christal Joan says:

      Lol! I used to feel so awkward when these words would slip out of my mouth around non Muslims but now I go with the flow

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