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" Ojala " I am curious to know where did this word originate from? does it relate in any way to Allah? or Alah?

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Hi and welcome to the forum, Maria.

Yes, it came from the word "Allah."

Ojalá (with an accent) is from Arabic and means generally "May God will it."

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In modern Arabic (which I have studied) it would be transcribed as "In sha Allah" ("as God wills"/"if God wills"). I have seen other suggestions for the preposition "in" but since it entered Spanish some 12 centuries ago there has been plenty of opportunity for drifts in the pronunciation (both in Spanish and Arabic).

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