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baba

daddy

baksheesh

a gift (especially in the sense of a gratuity or tip)

bas

enough

Eid

any of several holidays, but especially the three days of celebration after the month of Ramadan

Hazaras

One of several minority groups in Afghanistan. Generally Mongoloid or somewhat Chinese in appearance

Inshallah

God willing (A very common expression in Afghanistan, reflecting the belief that the future us under God's control, not man's)

naan

oven-baked flat bread

kabob

meat on a skewer

kofta

meatballs

kolcha

cookies

qurma

a fried rice and yogurt dish

shirini

any kind of sweets or candy

Hadj

the pilgrimage to Mecca a faithful Muslim is expected to make once in one's life

Kaka

Uncle

Kamyab or Nahkam?

Succeeded or failed? Made it or came up short? Happy or Sad?

Khastagar

a suitor

Khanum

woman or wife

Khoda Hafez

Goodbye. God keep you safe.

Mehman

a party

Mardum

man

Mast

drunk

Mashallah

nice going. Congratulations.

Namaz

prayer

Nang and Namos

honor and pride

Pashtun

The dominany minority group in Afghanistan. Generally Aryan in appearance

Wali

Pashtun code of honor

Pirhan and Tumban

the traditional dress of the average Afghan

Rafiq

friend (comrade)

Ramadan

the month of fasting in which good Muslims do not eat food or drink during daylight hours.

Salaam Alaykum

Hello. Peace be with you.

Shabas

Excellent! Well done!

Shari'a

Religious law as the basis fo the conduct of civil society

Shorawi

"The Northerners" (The Russians)

Sunni

One of two major divisions of Islam; considered the more "establishment" branch; Pashtuns

Shia

A division of Islam, constituting about 15%, they recognize the line of succession of the prophet Ali

Tabla

Drums

Tashakor

Thank you

Watan

the homeland, a Pashtun term

Yateem

without family, orphaned

Zakat

Religious duty in Islam, especially the obligation to contribute part of your income to the poor

Zindagi Migzara

Life goes on

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