It was bound to happen sooner or later. You’re friend Mahmoud had been talking about how beautiful he found the receptionist at work for weeks, so last weekend he had his “jaha” – the meeting between families to request the girl’s hand in marriage. The girl and the families agreed, and now the two are engaged. 

However, though you’ve known Mahmoud for a long time, you don’t know what to say in Arabic to congratulate him and his betrothed. Well, don’t worry because today we have just the right things to say in Arabic whenever someone gets engaged and married. We’ll follow the natural course of things and start with the engagement.

Best Wishes for an Engagement

Here are a handful of phrases you can say to wish the happy couple all the best:




Congratulations on your engagement! (f.)

/haneeʼan laki ilkhuToobah/

هَنيئَا لَكِ الخُطوبَة!

Congratulations on your engagement! (m.)

/haneeʼan laka ilkhuToobah/

هَنيئَا لَكَ الخُطوبَة!

Wishing both of you all the best on your engagement and everything lies ahead.

/maʻa ʼajmali ilʼumniyaati bimunaasabati khuToobatikumaa wa tamanniyaatee lakumaa biHayaatin saʻeedatin/

مَعَ أَجْمَلِ الأُمْنِياتِ بِمُناسَبَةِ خُطوبَتِكُما وَتَمَنِّياتي لَكُما بِحَياةٍ سَعيدَة.

Congratulations on your engagement. I hope you will both be very happy together.

/ʼalfu mubaarakin bimunaasabati khuToobatikumaa. ʼatamannaa lakumaa issaʻaadata wa ilhanaaʼa maʻan/

    أَلْفُ مُبارَكٍ بِمناسَبَةِ خُطوبَتِكُما. أَتَمَنّى لَكُما السَّعادَةَ وَالهَناءَ مَعًا

Congratulations on your engagement. I hope you will make each other extremely happy.

/ʼalfu mubaarakin ʻalaa ilkhuToobah. ʼatamannaa lakumaa ʼan taʻeeshaa ʼajmala laHaDHaati issaʻaadah maʻan/

أَلْفُ مُبارَكٍ على الخُطوبَةِ. أتَمَنَّى لَكُما أَنْ تَعيشا أَجْمَلَ لَحَظاتِ السَّعادَة مَعًا

Congratulations on your engagement. Have you decided on the big day yet?

/ʼalfu mubaarakin ʻalaa khuToobatikumaa. hal qarrartumaa mawʻida izzafaaf/

ألفُ مُبارَكٍ عَلى خُطوبَتِكُما. هَلْ قَرَّرْتُما مَوْعِدَ الزِّفاف؟

The Wedding Day

Well, now the big day they decided on is finally here and you’ve been invited to the wedding. So what do you say when you finally get a chance to speak to newlyweds?

 Here are some phrases you can start with:




Congratulations. Wishing the both of you all the happiness in the world.

/tahaaneenaa. tamanniyatinaa lakum bidawaami issaʻaadah/

تَهانينا. تَمَنِّياتِنا لَكُمْ بِدَوامِ السَّعادَة.

Congratulations and warm wishes to both of you on your wedding day.

/ʼaHlaa ittahaanee wa ʼajmala ilʼumniyaati bimunaasabati zawaajikumaa/

أَحْلى التَّهاني وَأَجْمَلَ الأُمْنِياتِ بِمُناسَبَةِ زَواجِكُما.

Congratulations on tying the knot!

/ʼalfu mubaarakin liʼaHlaa ʻaroosain fee ilʻaalam/

أَلْفُ مُبارَكٍ لِأَحْلى عَروسَيْنِ فِي العالَم

Congratulations on saying your "I do's"!

/ʼalfu mubaarakin liʼajmali ʻaroosain/

أَلْفُ مُبارَكٍ لِأًجْمَلِ عَروسَيْن.

Congratulations to the bride and groom on their happy union.

/ʼalfu mubaarakin lilʻaroosi wa ilʻareesi ʻalaa zawaajihimaa issaʻeed/

أَلْفُ مُبارَكٍ لِلْعَروسِ وَالعَريسِ عَلى زَواجِهِما السَّعيد

So, now the newlyweds are off to Sharm el Sheikh for their honeymoon, and you can rest knowing that you learned enough Arabic to wish them all the best.

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