5 ways to express your love in Arabic

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Show your love to that special someone in your life with one of these Arabic love expressions.

From our قلب ❤️  (heart) to yours:

1. Ahebbak/Ahebbik “أحبك”:
This is the most common and widely recognized way to say “I love you” in Arabic.

2. ‘Ala raasii على راسي”:
What better way to tell someone you would do anything for them than to say you would do it “on my head”? When a loved one asks a favour of you, this Arabic reply means that – to use English equivalents – you would walk across hot coals, move mountains, do anything, for their happiness.

3. Ya rouhiيا روحي”: 

If you know Arabic, chances are you’ve heard of the commonly used habibi/habibti, literally meaning “my dear”. Similarly, this sweet little phrase also implies “my dear/beloved,” but literally means “my soul.”

4. Kalamak/ik ‘ala qalbi ‘asalكلامك على قلبي عسل”: 

Make sure to add a wink after this phrase ;). Literally meaning, “Your words are honey on my heart,” this expression is the perfect response for when a special someone says something especially sweet. 

5. Tuqburniiتقبرني”:

Although this phrase literally means: “You bury me”, it’s used a lot to say “I love you so much.” Someone who says this expression is remarking that they would rather die and have you bury them before losing you. It’s actually quite sweet!


… حب (hub), شغف (shaghaf), عشق (‘ishq) and more… in Arabic, love is a complex spectrum!

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