The iA's mA's sA's ...

In Islamic tradition, many people say Mashallah Subhanallah Alhamdulillah and Inshallah (and the list goes on)  to show some sort of praise or respect to God or Allah. 

See rough translations below: 

Mashallah: Thank you Allah, appreciation under Allah's will  

Subhanallah: Glory to Allah

Alhamdulillah: Praise and thanks to Allah

Inshallah: If Allah wills 

In all honestly, it always makes me feel uncomfortable.

As a fellow muslim, when you hear another muslim say one of the above terms in the middle of a conversation, you feel as if you are required to reciprocate it back. There is this odd sense of pressure surrounded by it and when I don't reciprocate it, I feel slightly judged. I don't feel comfortable using these terms in my dialogue right now so I actively choose not to because I don't believe in them. 

In my religion there is so much "thanks" to god but I think it's important to take a step back and realize that a lot of the hard work we put in to get shit done in our lives is a production from ourselves. And it trails back to our parents and our grandparents for giving us the opportunity to be rockstars who are alive and breathing. 

My viewpoints of religion has shifted over the years and may continue to shift but this is where I am at right now. Nor right or wrong.

At the end of the day, just give some credit to yourself for being here.