Monday, February 3, 2014

Namaz in other than Arabic language?

An R.S.S.-Hindu brother asks:
//A. My question is if it is allowed for a Santidhar (Muslim) to pray 5 times in any langauge other than Arabic //

No brother. Prayer / Salah has to be done in the Arabic.
1. In Salah or Namaz we recite portions of Quran. Quran is Arabic. Its translation is available on various languages but no translation can justify or replace the actual Arabic word used in Quran. The real essence of message of God can be understood in Arabic only. Prior to Quran when it was era of scripture of God in hebrew, Aramaic or Sanskrit then devotees had to recite prayer in these languages respectively. Since Quran is in Arabic so prayer will be in Arabic.

2. Translation in other languages MAY have sometime slight or grave mistranslation also. A person praying behind imam may get confused if he understands the wrong translation and its consequences. This will certainly create chaos. For example: A popular mistranslation in many translations of Quran is that in Quran 31:34 God says that ONLY GOD knows what is in mothers womb. If you refer to Arabic words then there is no arabic word for "ONLY" their. The ayah simply says "VERILY ALLAH KNOWS....". Read this for more information on this topic:

3. Islam lays utmost importance in unity. All people of world MUST unite under the banner of one God. People of different race, color, language, region etc are muslims today. they speak different languages. For the sake of unity and enhanced brotherhood muslims offer Namaz in congregation i.e. jamaath. One can not offer in any direction he wishes; but everyone need to face kaba. Unity has to be maintained through these. Imam leads the prayer and others pray behind him. In Namaz of fajir, Maghrib and Isha imam recites LOUDLY. Devotees from different background, language culture listens to Arabic Quran recited by Imam. In hajj muslims from round the globe gather together; speaking different languages. All listen to Quran read in one common language.

To have global unity and commonality in prayer they all MUST offer prayer in one and same language. This way a devotee in prayer communicates with the Almighty God using the message of God in its original language.

People can use any language they wish to make dua i.e. supplication. Dua is done after namaz and it is NOT part of namaz. Individually everyone can ask from God in any language he wishes in dua.

//B. One another question Indians Santidhars tell their children stories of Hatim Tai who was not a Muslim(he died when Hazrat Muhammad was 9 years old, his son accepted Islam) Aladin was not a Muslim either so why Santidhar don't tell their kids stories of RAMAYAN. //

Honestly speaking i have not heard story of Hatim Tai from my parents nor i have seen others telling. I have heard about hatim tai through indian literature / news only. I believe he was an arab poet, very famous personality in Arab.
Aladin story is purely fictional just like harry potter or Ramayana. This has nothing to do with religion.
With due respect to your faith - Ramayana was originally an epic written by Valmiki ji. It became very popular subsequently and so many verisons of ramayana were written. Gradually people ignored original ramayana and popularized Ramcharitmanas written by valmiki ji. The original Ramayana projected Shri ram chandr ji as a King, as a man, as a human being with weakness. It did not project him as avtaar of Vishnu or God. But Tulsidas written ramcharitmanas projected Shri ram chandr ji as god. please read this to understand difference between these two ramyana:

If a good morale can be taught to children then it can be taught from anywhere; but it should be TRUE and GENUINE story. Of course we have learned about bravery, steadfastness, truthfulness etc from stories of Non muslims like John of Arc, Abraham lincon, Nelson mandela, Martin Luthar, Bhagat Singh, Chandrshekhar azaad, Lakhsmi baai, Newton .


  1. Jazak ALLAH khair.. Very informative..

  2. Dear sir,
    Ramayana is not a fictional book ,please