The meaning of “Ahlan wa Sahlan”

Subhan’Allah, today this pauper learnt something profound that she’d like to share with you all.

Once a week, Shaykh AbdulAziz Ahmed teaches from Imam al Haddad’s Nasaih al-Dinniya via the Online Halaqa. I’ve always found benefit in attending these classes as they’re a means to be polished by Imam al Haddad so to speak and verily each student gets what they intended (as long as the intention is good and in accordance to Islamic Law).

So what made today’s class different? This pauper isn’t really sure but the profoundness of the message to be learnt has really hit home. Amongst learning about the rights one has towards children, parents, and ones spouse Shaykh AbdulAziz also taught us, in passing, the meaning of “Ahlan wa Sahlan”:

Ahlan is to say “you’re like my family”;
Sahlan is to say “take it easy”
Conclusion: “you’re like my family and so take it easy”

Subhan’Allah, when one acquaints with someone and says “Ahlan wa Sahlan” it is in essence opening up the door of becoming part of ones family. As this door opens, it becomes the responsibility of the individuals to make sure that the rights of one another are fulfilled in order to gain His Ultimate Compassion; and equally it becomes important not to abuse one another or forsake one another such that the ties become shaken.

Subhan’Allah, three “simple” words make a whole family… Subhan’Allah how profound is that.

May Allah protect our Shayukh and their families from the harms of this world, increase them in khimma, and forever keep them in His Tawfeeq and Mahabba. Allahumma Ameen.

18 thoughts on “The meaning of “Ahlan wa Sahlan”

  1. nice meaning, thank you for sharing it for us to learn and benefit from. something that as a follower of Isa the messiah [Q3.45] i can say to you as well. assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah!

      1. Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem.

        I don’t know whether greeting someone saying ahlan wa sahlan is a sunnat or not, but I heard that greeting a Muslim saying ‘Assalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah’ is a sunnat and it has far superior meaning.

  2. Thanks v much…i’m a new student of the arabic language and am trying to find meaning to some words n phrases that i’ve heard…

    so many thanks to u for posting the meaning of ahlan wa sahlan..

    shukran gaziran

  3. Assalamu Aleikum my dear brothers and sisters. First, thank you for the expalination of the meaning for this strongly known words. Secondly, what is the approriate response to it?


    1. Wa alaykum asalaam wa rahmatullah,

      Sorry I’m not sure what the approapriate response in word format is. One just tends to smile when she hears such a response. I leave your question to those that may know.

  4. Assalamu Alaikum wa ragamahulahi barakatuh.

    I just searched meaning of this word. This two words meaning makes me so amazed.
    Masha allah

    Insha allah this website reaches many peoples .

    Khudah Afiz

  5. These are the best words I have ever heard in my life since I became a Muslim at the age of 50 years, by the grace of Almighty Allah.

    Ramadan Mubarak to all my Ummah,
    Khadijah Abd’Allah

  6. literary it is “the family and the plain”. A common “welcome” 🙂

    ‘ahlan wasahlan أهلا وسهلا comes from an old saying that shows Arab hospitality to strangers; ‘ahlan أهلا means “family,” as in “You’ve come to stay with family,” and sahlan سهلا here means a flat land or plain where grass/food is abundant and to be shared with visitors.


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