‘Mashallah’ Meaning & When to say Masha Allah?

The phrase ‘MashAllah (ما شاء الله) is closely translated to mean “as God has willed”. It is used after an event, in opposition to the phrase “inshAllah,” which means “if God will” and refers to future events. 

Masha Allah is said to show appreciation and liking for something happening to a person. Muslims use it to show respect and serve as a reminder that everything is achieved by the will of God.

It’s how a Muslim acknowledges that Allah, the creator of all things, has bestowed upon us a blessing.


The following video we have made will help you learn the proper pronunciation word by word:

Mashallah Meaning

The precise meaning of MashAllah is What Allah (God) wishes. But because it is used so frequently in Muslims’ daily interactions, its meaning has shifted.

It originally implies that everything came from Allah and that instead of enviously wishing for something nice that somebody has, we should be grateful for what Allah has provided us.

It’s nowadays the translation keen toward “oh my lord” or “wow,”

Mashallah in Arabic

The phrase Masha Allah consists of 3 words which are written in Arabic with the Diacritical as:

مَا شَاءَ ٱللَّٰهُ

and Without the Diacritical:

ما شاء الله

and can be divided as the following table:

shaشاء wanted

When to say Mashallah?

1. For Gratitude & Celebration

MashaAllah is mainly used to express amazement, praise, thankfulness, gratitude, or joy for an event that has already occurred.  In most cases, the Arabic phase Mashallah is used to acknowledge and thank Allah for the positive outcome.

for example,
1#Mashallah! such a beautiful view!
2#You passed your exams. MashaAllah!

2. For the Evil Eye protection

In some cultures, it is believed reciting Mashallah when something good happens will protect them from, evil eyes and jealousy. For Example, if someone entered or saw a new home, the person would say Mashallah to protect it from any evil eyes or envy.

How to reply to MashaAllah

When somebody says Mashallah to you, there is no one correct response. If they say it to participate in your happiness, triumph, or success, you can react by responding Jazak Allahu Khayran, which means “may Allah bless you.”

MashAallah outside Islam

It is not unusual to hear the phrase in areas such as Turkey, South Asia, and parts of Africa. When used outside of the Muslim faith, it usually refers to a job well done.

So next time you tell Muslim parents how cute their baby is, try to remember to add “MashaAllah” somewhere in the compliment.

MashaAllah Origin

Hudhaifah bin Yaman (May Allah be pleased with him) said:The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Say not: ‘What Allah wills and so-and-so wills’, but say: ‘What Allah wills, and then what so-and-so wills.”

Riyad as-Salihin 1745

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