Aunt Amal: As-salamu alaykum
Sarah: Wa alaykum as-salam, how are you, my dear Khalto?
Aunt Amal: I’ve been doing great alhamdulillah. How has your family been doing? How is your neighbor?
Sarah: Alhamdulillah, everyone has been doing well. We are planning on going to Uncle Mohammad’s house this weekend. Can’t wait to meet the new baby, Layla!
Aunt Amal: Me too! I’m so happy for them and she is truly adorable!
Sarah: She sure is! Uncle has been wanting a baby girl so badly and now Layla is surely a big bundle of joy for him!
Aunt Amal: You are so right. He is truly a lucky father!
Sarah: My mom is just sal-leeying right now, but I can have her call you when she is done inshaAllah.
Aunt Amal: She’s what?! ‘Sal-leeying,’ is that even a word?
Sarah: Yes, of course! There is also sooming and iftaring.
Aunt Amal: What is happening to you? No language is being used correctly!
Lesson Learned: Do not add ‘ing’ to the end of Arabic words. It does not make it right!
By Nour Shihadeh