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Qur’an and the Arabic Language – Shaykh Ali Hani

As part of our Helpers program, Ahmad Ariffin interviewed Shaykh Ali Hani on seeking knowledge, the sciences of the Qur’an and the Arabic language, and their importance in today’s world.   Shaykh Ali Hani is a leading scholar of Arabic and Tafsir from Jordan. He has dedicated his life to Quran from a young age. […]

The Internet, Learning Arabic and Islam – Interview with Ustadh Abdullah Misra

Saad Razi Shaikh interviews Ustadh Abdullah Misra on the internet’s effect on the Umma today, being a student of knowledge, the problems facing reverts, and much more. Ustadh Abdullah Anik Misra was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, into a Hindu family of North Indian heritage. He became Muslim at the age of 18, graduated […]

Can I Pray in English and Arabic During the Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum Can I pray in English and Arabic during the prayer? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, No, you cannot pray in English because there is no need to do so when you, minimally, have a single verse memorised in Arabic. The reason for this is because reciting a […]

How Important Is It to Learn Arabic? [Video]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalamu alaykum How important is it to learn Arabic? Answer: Wa’leykum Salam, Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to […]

How Can I Achieve the Benefit of Reading the Qur’an When I Can’t Read Arabic?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalamu alaykum I would like to read Surat Al Baqara for a specific reason but I cannot read Arabic. What are my options? Do I listen to a reading of it? Can I read a translation of it? Should I try the transliteration? Answer: Walaikum assalam, I hope you’re […]

Five Reasons to Learn Arabic This Summer

Five Reasons to Learn Arabic This Summer Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the time everyone in school and at work looks forward to: vacation. As this season approaches, many people look for creative ways to fill their vacation time with a sense of refreshment and broadened horizons. So why not […]

Are My Prayers Invalid If I Don’t Understand Arabic?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum If someone is taught how to pray in Arabic but does not understand Arabic would his prayers be invalid? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. No, your prayers are valid even if […]

Why Can’t I Supplicate in English During My Prayer? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I was told I cannot make personal dua in English during prostration in the last cycle of prayer. I find this a great loss because beseeching Allah when prostrating seems better, and to do it in Arabic would limit what I can say. What do you think? […]

Can I Make Dua In My Own Language and Not In Arabic?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani was asked if we may supplicate to Allah in a language other than Arabic, particularly as many are not fluent in the Arabic language. His answer may surprise you – he says not only may we make dua in any language we are comfortable with, in fact, we should.

Could You Recommend Useful Dictionaries and Quranic Explanations for a Beginner in Arabic?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Asalaamu alaykum, 1) Could you please mention what dictionary to have for Islamic studies? 2) Could you recommend any authentic tafseer of the Qur’an with “Arabic novice” in mind? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, […]