Biden uses ‘inshallah’ in response to Trump during debate, lighting up Twitter

By Tamara Qiblawi, CNN

(CNN) 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.”

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  1. American Muslims took to Twitter to praise Democratic nominee Joe Biden after he used the Arabic word “inshallah” during a discussion on President Trump’s tax returns during the first presidential debate Tuesday night.

    The remark came after the debate moderator, Fox News’s Chris Wallace, asked Trump to comment on recent New York Times reporting that the president paid only $750 in federal income taxes per year in 2016 and 2017.

    “I’ve paid millions of dollars, and you’ll get to see it,” Trump said, implying that his tax returns would eventually be made available to the public.

    “When?” Biden asked.

    The former vice president then added, as his campaign later confirmed to NPR, “inshallah,” an Arabic word that translates to “God willing” or “if God wills it.”

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