Decision on whether to offer du'aa' (du'aa') in a language other than Arabic in prayer and otherwise - Islam Question & Answer (2023)

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I have searched for fatwas to make dua in sujood of fard salah in English or other languages ​​and have received several fatwas from the website11588Y20953

Please clarify this problem. Secondly, my question is, I understand that you can make dua in English as long as you don't know Arabic, but what I'm really asking is that even someone who knows Arabic can FORM their own dua, whether it's in Arabic or another. language using his own words and without saying dua that the Prophet (pbuh) used to make or dua that he is said to have made. and 3) if that is the case, one should not be able to do Dua in any language even if one knows Arabic because ALLAH undoubtedly understands all languages.


All praise is due to Allah.


Offering supplications (du'a') in a language other than Arabic in prayer is a matter of disagreement among the fuqaha'. Some of them consider it haram, some consider it makrooh, and some consider it permissible for someone who cannot speak Arabic.

What is mentioned on our website is not a contradiction. In our response to Question No.20953.

For question no.11588, quoted the fatwa of Shaykh 'Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr (may Allah protect him). Our approach to citing academic fatwas is to quote the fatwa as it is, even if it differs from the opinion expressed on this website.

The following are the views of the Fuqaha on the matter:

es atraco en al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah (11/172):

Offering prayer in a language other than Arabic in the prayer:

What the Hanafis report about supplication in a language other than Arabic is that it is makruh (doesn't like it) because 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) has prohibited speaking non-Arabic languages. The obvious reason for this is that offering supplications in a language other than Arabic is against what is preferred and when it is described as makrooh it is in the sense that it is not preferred.

It is not unreasonable to say that offering supplication in foreign languages ​​is discouraged in the sense that it is almost haram in the case of prayer and in the sense that it is not preferred outside of prayer.

Offering supplications in any language other than Arabic is considered by the Maalikis to be prohibited - according to Ibn 'Aabidin's narration of al-Qarraafi - because it contradicts the worship due to Allah. Al-Laqqaani interpreted al-Qarraafi's words as a reference to the supplications in foreign languages, the meaning of which is unclear, based on what you gave as your reason, namely that using a foreign language is an expression of respect and worship contradicts the lord.

But if the meaning (of the supplication in the foreign language) is known, then it is permissible to use it in all cases, in prayer and otherwise, because Allah, Most High is, says (interpretation of the meaning): "And He taught Him to Adam the names” [al-Baqarah 2:31] and “And We did not send any messenger who did not [speak] in the language of his people” [Ibrahim 14:4].This was also clearly stated by ad-Dasooqi.

The Shaafa'is discussed the matter in detail and said: The supplications offered in prayer are either narrated in reports or not narrated.

Regarding the pleas reported in the reports, there are three opinions on the matter:

The most reasonable opinion, which is the same as the Hanbalis, is that it is allowed for someone who cannot speak Arabic to say it in a language other than Arabic, but that is for someone who can speak, it does not allow Arabic, and if you do, your prayer will be invalid.

The second opinion is that it is allowed for someone who can speak Arabic and others.

The third point of view is that it is not allowed for either of them because there is no need for it.

In the case of supplications in prayer that have not been transmitted in reports, it is unanimously scientific opinion that it is not allowed to invent supplications in foreign languages.

As for other adhkaar, such as the first tashahhud, sending blessings on the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), qunut, tasbih when bowing and prostrating, and takbir when changing from one prayer posture to another, then according to the view, that it is permissible to recite supplications in foreign languages, it is more appropriate that it be permitted in these cases. Otherwise, there are various views on whether this is allowed for someone who can't speak Arabic.

The most reasonable opinion is that it is permissible. The second point of view is that it is not permissible and the third point of view is that it is permissible in relation to those parts of the sentence which, if omitted, can be compensated by the prostration of forgetfulness (sujud as-sahw). . end quote.

In second place:

It is permissible for a person to offer prayers outside of the sentence or in the sentence when he cannot speak Arabic, even if it is in colloquial Arabic or in a non-Arabic language, if he cannot speak Arabic, as long as he uses all permitted words and avoid crossing the line, and as long as your prayer does not imply sin or breaking kinship ties.

Undoubtedly there is much good in the supplications reported in the reports, but a person may need to make supplications for himself or a loved one for some of the good things in this world and in the Hereafter, or he may need to ask Allah to avoid the damage. or the evil of him. This type of plea is very broad and need not be limited to what is reported.

What is important in supplication is concentration, presence of mind and sincerity in turning to Allah, exalted be He, regardless of the language spoken. Allah, exalted be He, hears all voices and understands all languages, and not even an atom on earth or in the heavens is hidden from him.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: As for the one who invokes Allaah with sincere devotion and offers a lawful supplication, Allaah hears him and responds to his supplication, whether his supplication is offered in Flawless Classic Arabic or otherwise.

In fact, if the one offering the supplications does not normally speak pristine Classical Arabic, then you should not try to go the extra mile to do so. Some of the first generations commented that if he concentrated on speaking perfect Arabic, he would lose focus.

It's also unwise to try too hard to make your plea rhyme, but if it's done without putting in any extra effort, there's nothing wrong with that.

The supplications must come from the heart and express only what is in the heart. Those who try too hard to make their supplications in immaculate classical Arabic will find that it erodes their presence of mind.

The one who is in desperate need calls upon Allah from his heart in the sentences that Allah allows him to say spontaneously. This is something that every believer experiences in his heart. It is permissible to offer supplications in Arabic and in languages ​​other than Arabic.

Allah, glorified be He, knows what the one who offers supplication is looking for even if he does not speak grammatically, because he knows every chatter of voices in different languages ​​and knows their different needs.

Endzitat aus al-Fataawa al-Kabir (2/424).

Another indication that it is permissible to offer supplications in prayer that are not mentioned in the reports are the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): "Then let him choose which supplications he wishes." Narrated by al-Bukhari (835) and Muslim (402). This refers to the supplication before the taslim in the prayer.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: There are many hadiths that speak of this matter, which indicates that in these passages of the prayer it is obligatory for the Muslim to offer whatever supplication he wishes, whether it has to do with with the afterlife or with his worldly interests, as long as his prayer does not contain any element of sin or rupture of kinship ties. It is best to recite many supplications narrated in the reports of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).

Cita final de Fatawa al-Sheikh Ibn Baaz (11/172).


It is permissible to offer prayer supplications in a language other than Arabic for someone whose language is that language, especially if he finds it difficult to learn Arabic. You can beg and ask for whatever goodness you want in this world and in the Hereafter, and it is not prescribed that this should be narrated in reports.

And Allah knows best.

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