14:19 Aug 8, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: goodbye

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nama'a assalaam
naمع السلامة
Fuad Yahya



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مع السلامة

مع السلامة، في أمان الله، في وداعة الله، استودعتك الله، لا خلا ولا عدم، الله معك، سلام عليكم، خليتكم بعافية، في دعة الله، وداعاً، الوداع

This an answer that I had posted a long time ago for a similar question:

Below you will find the pronunciation of each of the suggested translations, as well as some social background about usage:

MA’ASSALAMA: Two words, glided in ordinary speech. This is probably the most commonly used farewell expression in modern spoken Middle Eastern Arabic, as opposed to North African Arabic. In some areas, the common response is SALIM U TISALAM. Where I grew up, MA’ASSALAMA is mostly used by women. Men prefer FI AMANILLAH. This distinction does not hold everywhere.

FI AMANILLAH: Three words, glided in ordinary speech; commonly used in Arabia and Iraq. The typical response is FI AMAN IL-KAREEM or FI AMANILLAH WA HIFZHIH.

FI WDA’ATALLAH: Three words, glided in ordinary speech. This is an East Arabian farewell expression, a favorite among my friends from UAE.

ISTOWDATOKALLAH: Two words glided in ordinary speech; commonly used in East Arabia.

LA KHALA WA LA ‘ADAM: This is an old East Arabian expression. It has gone out of fashion among the younger generation.

MA’MOOREEN IL-MAHALL: Another East Arabian farewell expression. This is strictly for use by a guest when saying goodbye to the host.

‘ALAYK HAFIZH U HAFEEZH: Another old East Arabian farewell expression, with a religious twist. It is strictly said to a departing party. The expression is a prayer for safety during travel. Hafizh and Hafeezh are supposed to be two guardian angels.

ALLAH MA’AK: Commonly used in East Mediterranean regions. This is used when addressing a singular masculine second person; needs modifications when the second person is feminine or plural.

SALAMU ALEEKUM: Commonly used in Egypt; pronunciation varies in different regions; used elsewhere as a greeting.

KHALLITKUM BI’AFYA: Another Egyptian expression, usually said by the departing party.

FI DA’ATILLAH: Three words, glided in typical oral delivery; formal, rarely used nowadays.

WADA’AN: Formal; suitable for written styles.

AL-WADA’: Formal; suitable for written styles.


Fuad Yahya
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ma'a assalaam

it is nowadays the most common expression I can think of.
There are other but less used or unkown to a lot of people
Hope it helps you

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