Quran - Can We Read it in Another Language?
  • Question:

    Can we read and write the Qur‘ān in any other language other than Arabic?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Reading and writing the Qur‘ān in translation or transliteration is permissible.

    It should be noted that the original Qur‘ān as the divine Speech of Allāh will always remain in Arabic. It is not permissible in any way shape or form to modify or change these original letters and words of the Qur‘ān. The Qur‘ān was revealed in Arabic and has always been preserved in Arabic.

    Muslims should try their utmost to learn Arabic to recite and understand the Qur‘ān in the language of its revelation.

    “We, Ourselves, have sent down the Dhikr (the Qur’ān), and We are there to protect it.” (Qur‘ān 15:9)

    “We have sent it down, as an Arabic Qur’ān, so that you may understand.” (Qur‘ān 12:2)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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