Allahumma Barik

Allahumma Barik (in Arabic, اللّهُـمَّ بارِكْ) translates to 'May Allah bless you.' This phrase is usually said by a Muslim to appreciate someone or when they admire a person. In such situations, we may think of Allahumma Barik as a phrase similar to thank you or JazakAllah khayr. For both JazakAllah khayr and Allahumma Barik, the speaker is praying for barakah and blessing. It may also be common to use this phrase in some Muslim cultures when someone is amazed by a certain thing, action, or quality belonging to another person. By saying Allahumma Barik, we may ward off the evil eye or 'nazr' that might harm others. 

About Allahumma Barik - Meaning, Pronunciation & Uses

ٱللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ

Allahumma Barik

O Allah, bless

Allahumma Barik

Al-lah-hum-ma Ba-rik

Allahumma Barik

Variations of Allahumma Barik

There are a few variations of this phrase that might be more appropriate in certain situations:

  • Allahumma Barik Lahu (may Allah bless him) - used when addressing a male
  • Allahumma Barik laha (may Allah bless her) - used when addressing a female
  • Barakallahu laka fiha (may Allah bless it) - for objects like a new car, house, and so on

Pronunciation Guide for Allahumma Barik

Are you unsure of how to pronounce Allahumma Barik? Read the breakdown below to pronounce it correctly.

1. Allahumma

Al: Pronounced like "all" without stressing the "l"

Sounds like: al

Lah: Pronounced like "lah" but with emphasis on the 'h' sound

Sounds like: hah

Hum: Pronounced like "hum" with a short "uu" sound

Sounds like: plume

Ma: Pronounced like "maa" with a long ‘aa’ sound

Sounds like: ha

2. Barik

Ba: Pronounced as "ba" with a short 'a' sound

Sounds like: fa

Rik: Pronounced as "rik" with a short 'i' sound

Sounds like: stick

Putting It All Together

Allahumma Barik: Al-lah Hum-ma Ba-rik

Tips for Pronunciation

  • Emphasis: The main emphasis is to be o the 'l' sound in the first word and the 'r' sound in the second word
  • Flow: Speak both words in one go and try not to have breaks between the syllables
  • Practice: Slowly sound out the phrase first and practice saying it unhurriedly. Then slowly say it a little faster until it rolls off the tongue at a normal speed.

When to Say Allahumma Barik? Context and Usage

"Allahumma Barik" is used for seeking blessings and more barakaat in something that we deem praiseworthy. The phrase is suitable for use in both formal and informal gatherings. However, it is not recommended that anyone, especially a non-Mulsim, use these words as sarcasm or an insult. There are various ways to use Allahumma Barik in everyday life. Let's now have a look at some of the top examples:

Praising the work someone does

Scenario: You're recommending someone's work to a potential client or customer (or just someone who likes the work)

Example: She does such amazing work, Allahumma Barik; rest assured, her cupcakes will be a hit at the party

Complimenting someone's beauty or a beautiful physical feature

Scenario: You want to compliment someone on their complexion 

Example: Allahumma Barik, your skin is literally glowing! Do share your skincare routine!

When looking at a picture of something admirable

Scenario: Praising someone's children after seeing their picture 

Example: They just look too cute here, Allahumma Barik!

For motivation

Scenario: Motivating mothers to pray harder for the success of their offspring 

Example: Allahumma Barik to each and every mother out there. Their duas, sacrifices, and support enable us to achieve almost anything insha'Allah. May Allah (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ) keep them all in His protection. 

Sending congratulations and blessings

Scenario: Blessing the mother while making a birth announcement

Example: Allahumma Barik laha to my dearest sister; she recently became the lucky mother of a lovely little girl

Marveling at the prowess of a youngster

Scenario: Praising the speaking skills of a young boy

Example: Allahumma barik lahu, I couldn't believe it was my little brother speaking so professionally during that meeting

Significance of Allahumma Barik in Light of the Quran and Hadith

The phrase Allahumma Barik is not present in the Holy Quran. However, there are quite a few ahadith of the Prophet (ﷺ) that mention a command to recite these words at certain times. Muslims may notice the the phrase Allahumma Barik is present in the Durood-e-Ibrahim and certain other duroods that we send upon the Prophet (ﷺ):

Allahumma Salli ala Muhammadin wa ala aali Muhammadin, kama sallaita ala Ibrahima wa ala aali Ibrahima innaka Hamidum-Majeed. Allahumma barik ala Muhammadin wa ala aali Muhammadin kama barakta ala Ibrahima wa ala aali Ibrahima innaka Hameedum-Majeed.

Translation: O Allah, bestow Your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad as You have bestowed Your favor on Ibrahim and on the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad as You have blessed Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious.

A hadith also suggests a dua with the words Allahumma Barik. Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ), The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: When one of you eats food, he should say: O Allah, bless us in it, and give us food (or nourishment) better than it. When he is given milk to drink he should say: O Allah! bless us in it and give us more of it, for no food or drink satisfies like milk  (Sunan Abi Dawud 3730).

Transliteration of Dua when eating food: Allahumma barik lana fihi wa at'imna khairan minhu.

Translation: O Allah, bless us in it, and give us food (or nourishment) better than it.

Transliteration of Dua when drinking milk: Allahumma Barik Lana Feehi Wa Zidna Minhu

Translation: O Allah! bless us in it and give us more of it.

The Prophet (ﷺ) also stated: "If one of you sees something with his brother that he admires, let him pray for blessing (barakah) for him." — Narrated by Imam Malik in al-Muwatta (2/939), Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad (25/355), and Ibn Majah (3509)

Related Terms and Concepts

Allahumma Barik and 'Masha’Allah’ are two phrases that are used for almost the same purpose. However, there is a subtle difference between the two. The first phrase is utilized to supplicate Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)‎ for His favor and blessing upon some person or object. On the other hand, Masha’Allah is used for appreciating something such as beauty, opulence, etc. However, the two phrases might be used interchangeably in everyday society. 

Say Allahumma Barisk with Muslim and Quran

Islam does not ignore the fact that there are admirable and appreciable things in the world. However, it also acknowledges that we have to give acknowledgment and praise in the right manner. We don’t want any harm to come to someone or something we admire. Not sure how and when to say Allahumma Barik? Download the Muslim and Quran app to learn about Islamic Terms. You will also get prayer times notifications and reminders, online hadith collection, online Quran, and more!