Arabic Lesson #1 – Greetings

As many of you may know, Egypt’s native language is Arabic. Arabic is indeed a difficult language to learn. From now on there will be Arabic lessons that teach the basics of the Egyptian community. We will first start by learning the Arabic greeting.

How to Greet Egyptians in Arabic - As-salamu Alaykum

As-salamu Alaykum means peace be upon you or peace be unto you. As-salam meaning peace and Alaykum meaning upon you. It is said just as it is spelled and by breaking it down as so: Assa-la-mu-alay-kum . Just as hello, hi, and bye, As-salamu Alaykum is said upon greeting and parting someone. It is a greeting known by Muslims all around the world. In Egypt, Muslims and Christians greet each other by saying As-salamu Alaykum.

It is so peaceful how Muslims and Egyptians in general greet one another by saying As-salamu Alaykum. In Islamic belief, it all began when Prophet Adam, the first human being to be created by Allah (God), was introduced to the Angels. Allah taught Adam to greet the Angels by saying As-salamu Alaykum.


Figure 1. As-salamu Alaykum written in Arabic text

Figure 2 shows you how to write As salamu Alaykum in steps. Follow the arrows in numerical order and try to write it as seen below.

Figure 2. How to write As salamu Alaykum in Arabic language

As shown in Figure 3, there is a longer version of the greeting: As salamu alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakat (pronounced As salamu Alaykum wa rah-ma-tullahy wa bara-katuh). This phrase means, “May peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.”

“Wa”: meaning “And”

“Rahama”: meaning “Mercy”

“Baraka”: meaning “Blessing”

Figure 3. As salamu Alaykum wa rah-ma-tullahy wa bara-katuh written in Arabic text

Of course there are variations in different accents from Arab countries in the Middle East. But in the end the greeting is the same as it is in the Arabic language.

There will be more lessons coming soon. In the meantime have a look at the link below which gives traveling tips to tourists coming to Egypt.

As-salamu Alaykum!

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