Hello, my name is Kareem. I'm from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. And thinking about this, my favourite Arabic word that I've encountered is in 'Insha Allah'. Which is 'God willing' and I think it's because it's such a big sort of important, you know, a huge existential word like God willing, reality is what it is. But the more I sort of been in Arabic context, the more, it seems carefully which is the more liberally I've heard of used and it just kind of adopts the funny nature.
So I was at an interfaith dialogue conference and they were talking about the schedule, and so they would say you know at 2:00 pm, Insha Allah, we'll have the lunch and then Insha Allah at 4:00 [pm] there will be this panel and Insha Allah our keynote speaker at 7:00 [pm]. It felt a bit silly like not serious.
There were two things that I liked about it. One is that conferences are often not on time and this had this sort of like just relax the acceptance of like: Yeah, reality will happen, and maybe it won't be on time or not. And it was just like everything is by the grace of God. So, I'm not a particularly religious person, but it was just such a beautiful sort of framing, I thought of time, and Insha Allah we'll be friends and Insha Allah we'll eat together and Insha Allah the keynote speaker will be at 7:00 [pm].