Is not knowing Arabic an Excuse?

Barak Allaahu Feekum, is the fact that the Qur-aan was revealed in the Arabic language a justification or an excuse for non-Arabs (for not acting upon it) due to it not being revealed in their language?

No, non-Arabs do not have an excuse or a justification in that the Qur-aan is not in their language; rather it is upon them to learn the language of the Qur-aan, because if understanding the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) is dependant upon learning the Arabic language, then learning Arabic becomes Waajib. This is because every action that has to be carried out, in order to be able to perform an obligation, acquires the ruling of being obligatory [or – All actions which if not performed first, an obligatory act can not be performed, acquire the ruling of being obligatory (even if they are not an obligation within themselves, such as walking to the Masjid for Salaatul Jamaa’ah (for men), since one cannot perform Jamaa’ah in the Masjid unless he walks there, the act of walking in order to get to the Masjid becomes Waajib upon that individual, and so on…)].


[Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen|Fataawa Nur ‘ala ad Darb|Translated by: Nadir Ahmad, Abu Abdul-Waahid]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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One Response to Is not knowing Arabic an Excuse?

  1. Abd'AlHaqq says:

    ASalam Aleykum wa rahmatuLahi

    As you said its wajib, we have to learn, theres solutions, learn in arabic country like EGP, SYR or learn from house and prices are not so high, with internet its easy.

    ASalam Aleykum wa rahmatuLahi

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