[Q-ID0235] Can I recite a dua in English during prostration?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars and muftis of the mighty Shari’ah say regarding making du’ā (supplication) in English and Arabic during the prostration (sajdah)?

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Tasbīh is to be recited during the prostration of prayer. If the honourable questioner is referring to prostration outside of prayer, then in that case, supplication (du’ā’) there should be recited in the Arabic language itself, as it is closer to acceptance.

In ‘Ahsan al-Wi’ā’, the father of A’lā Hazrat, Ra’īs al-Mutakallimīn Muftī Naqī ‘Alī (may Allāh shower him with mercy) states that, “Du’ā’ should be made in the Arabic language, it is mentioned in ‘Gurar al-Afkār’ and other books that our scholars declared that making du’ā in a language other than Arabic is Makrūh (disliked).” Al-Imām Walwālijī says, “Allāh (Almighty) does not prefer non-Arabic”, he also states, “Du’ā’ made in Arabic is more likely to be answered.”

[Ahsan al-Wi’ā ba naam Fadāil-e-Du’ā’, pg 108]

Yes, if a person is not aware of the meaning of Arabic du’ās or must exert effort in order to understand them, then he should make du’ā in his native tongue.

Furthermore, in Ahsan al-Wi’ā, the father of A’lā Hazrat, Ra’īs al-Mutakallimīn Muftī Naqī ‘Alī (may Allāh shower him with mercy) states, “I say, that the one who does not understand Arabic and learning its [du’ā’] translation and pondering upon its meanings would cause disturbance in his thinking and act as an obstacle in his concentration, then he should supplicate to Allāh (Almighty) in his own tongue as presence of mind is of the most important of matters.”

[Ahsan al-Wi’ā ba naam Fadāil-e-Du’ā’, pg 109]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Zameer Ahmed

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