'Historic': Muslim Americans praise Biden's use of Arabic phrase during the first presidential debate

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Muslim Americans praised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s use of the Arabic word “inshallah” at the first presidential debate.

“I’ve paid millions of dollars, and you’ll get to see it,” President Trump said in response to debate moderator Chris Wallace’s question about a New York Times report that Trump paid $750 in taxes in both 2016 and 2017.

Biden responded, “When? Inshallah.”

The phrase means “if God wills it,” but it is often used sarcastically.

Writer Wajahat Ali has described the phrase as the “ Arabic version of ‘fuggedaboudit.’”

Fadi Hilani, a linguistics professor at Montclair State University, told the Washington Post that Biden was using the phrase to cast “doubt, in a sarcastic way, on Donald Trump saying he would release his tax returns.”

The former vice president was lauded by some for the usage of the word, with journalist Hamed Aleaziz calling it a “historic moment.”

Sana Saeed said the usage was a demonstration of Biden’s “cultural literacy.”

However, the use wasn’t universally lauded. Ghanem Nuseibeh, the chairman of Muslims Against Anti-Semitism, said the moment revealed the candidate’s “Arabphobia and Islamaphobia.”

Former journalist Tamer El-Ghobashy said Biden’s use of “inshallah” was “colonial and derogatory.”

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