Mashallah is an Arabic word which has been made from two different words “Mash” and “Allah”. In English language Mashallah has been translated as “what Allah has willed has happened”. This is one of the most common words which have been spoken by Muslims all around the world to express their joy and gratitude to Allah.
Mashallah is among those Arabic words which have been spoken by all Muslims, whether Arabic is their language or not. Even Muslims who do not understand the Arabic language used the word Mashallah.
Examples when to say Mashallah:
To understand how to respond when someone says Mashallah, one needs to understand that when did Muslims used this word. This word can be used in any joy and a happy moment or when someone wants to praise Allah. For example, when you entered the newly build a house of your friend, you will say “Mashallah, nice house”.
Mashallah could be said on different occasions like marriage, the birth of a new child when someone gets a new job or got promoted etc.
How do I respond when someone says Mashallah?
There is no general rule that how one should respond when someone says Mashallah. Different Muslims uses different words and it has nothing to do with the origin of the country. According to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he uses to reply with “Allahuma barek beha”.
Another very common response to Mashallah is “Jazak Allahu Khayran”. The word has been translated as “May Allah rewards you with good”. In other ways, you are said back that, may you get the same reward which I got etc.
Some Muslims also used the word Alhamdulilah. This word has been translated as all praises to Allah. Smiling is also a good way to respond when someone says Mashallah.