Supplicating (Making Dua) in Our Own Native Language
  • Question:
    I usually supplicate in my own native language in sujood. Is this permitted, are my suplications heard by Allah?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question. Your question is praiseworthy. May you be blessed for asking.

    Supplication in the prostration position is permissible. This prostration need not to be in the ṣalāh (prayer). You may render a sujūd (prostration) outside ṣalāh and make the supplication in any language.

    As for inside the prayer (ṣalāh), there is a difference of opinion.

    A group of scholars such as Imām Abū Ḥanīfah, Imām Ṭāūs and Imām Ibrāhīm al Nakha’ī, only permit Arabic in the ṣalāh (prayers), since the duā’s (supplications) in other languages resemble regular speech which invalidates the prayer. (See: I’elā al Sunan)

    “The (ordinary) speech of people is not appropriate in these ṣalāhs (prayers). It is only tasbīḥ, takbīr and recitation of the Qur’ān [that is permitted]” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

    Others such as the fraternity of the Shāfi‘e school allow the supplication in any language, regardless of the nature of the prayer.

    “The nearest a slave can be to his Lord (Allāh) is while they are prostrating, so increase in supplication” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Musnad Aḥmad)

    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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