I thought I heard it but then I thought “nah, I must have heard something else.”
During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.
Pressing President Donald Trump on when the American public would get to see his long-anticipated tax returns, Biden questioned: “When? Inshallah?”
In certain vernacular, “inshallah” serves as a non-committal response to a question.
Taken literally, the term “inshallah,” consists of three Arabic words (In sha’ Allah) which translate into “if God wills it.” Spiritually it represents a submission to God’s will. It can perhaps be seen as the Muslim counterpart to the Yiddish adage, “Man plans, and God laughs.”
Children in the Muslim world will often say that when a parent responds to a question with “inshallah,” it signals an unfulfilled promise, while unreliable timekeeping is lightheartedly chalked up to “inshallah timing.”
“Yes, Joe Biden said ‘Inshallah’ during the #Debates2020 debate,” tweeted political commentator Wajahat Ali. “It literally means ‘God willing,’ but it’s often used to mean, ‘Yeah, never going to happen.’ Example: My wife: Will you finally pick up your socks? Me: Inshallah. No, saying inshallah doesn’t make you Muslim.”
It’s not uncommon for a white man in his seventies to become senile and then convert to Islam.
Actually, that is uncommon.
The people who plan Biden’s strategy and run him like a puppet are insane – “yeah, at some point, you’re going to want to drop an Islamic word…”
Why? What for?