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Glossary of Terms Used in the Shia Ismaili Muslim Literature

Transliteration

Meaning

alayhi s-salam/ alayha-s-salam (A.S.)

Upon whom be peace

amiru-l-mu'minin

The Commander of the Faithful

bayah

Allegiance

bismi-llahi-r-rahmani-r-rahim

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful

hidayah

Guidance from the Imam of the time

Khatun-i-Jannat

The Lady of Paradise

la ilaha illa-llah

There is no deity except Allah

Muhammadur rasulu-llah

Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

murid

Follower

Muslim Ummah

The universal brotherhood of Muslims

Nashid al-Imamah

Song in praise of the Imamat

nass

Designation

sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam (S.A.S.)

May Allah bless him and grant him peace

shahadah

The declaration of Faith

ta'lim

Teaching

tariqah

Persuasion, path, way in Faith

tawhid

Unity of Allah

ta'wil

Interpretation

Dr. Noorallah Juma
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