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    Assalam o alaikum all,

    I want to discuss about the language of namaz. Like we normally say namaz in arabic. My question is that why do we say namaz in arabic since it is language of arabs and why dont we say namaz in our own languages like in urdu, sindhi, balochi or any language that is native?

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    Wa `alaykum salam,

    Because the salat is a ritual act of worship that includes pre-conditions, obligations, invalidators, etc., and accordingly, should be performed according to how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) instructed. And Arabic is not merely the language of the Arabs, but the language of the Revelation and the technical definition of "Arab" is anyone who is fluent in the Arabic language. That being so, a rudimentary understanding of Arabic is the norm for individuals so that an awareness of what is being said in the prayer is not a difficult matter. Every Muslim knows what he is saying when he says, "Subhan Allah wa bi hamdi" even if they do not speak Arabic and the meanings of this come to one's mind and heart. As for du'a and other things which do not have a specific form, conditions and the like, they can and should be performed in whatever language one likes. It furthermore provides motivation for everyone to learn Arabic so that they can read, understanding and interact with the Revelation according to how it was revealed. Unfortunately, that is something which has been lost and much of the Muslim world has been separated from its religion by being separated from its language. So while the people of most nations speak multiple languages (my wife speaks Urdu, Punjabi and English for instance), people being encouraged or obliged to know Arabic for the sake of their religion has somehow inexplicably been made a contentious issue. And Allah knows best.
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    Wa `alaykum salam,

    Because the salat is a ritual act of worship that includes pre-conditions, obligations, invalidators, etc., and accordingly, should be performed according to how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) instructed. And Arabic is not merely the language of the Arabs, but the language of the Revelation and the technical definition of "Arab" is anyone who is fluent in the Arabic language. That being so, a rudimentary understanding of Arabic is the norm for individuals so that an awareness of what is being said in the prayer is not a difficult matter. Every Muslim knows what he is saying when he says, "Subhan Allah wa bi hamdi" even if they do not speak Arabic and the meanings of this come to one's mind and heart. As for du'a and other things which do not have a specific form, conditions and the like, they can and should be performed in whatever language one likes. It furthermore provides motivation for everyone to learn Arabic so that they can read, understanding and interact with the Revelation according to how it was revealed. Unfortunately, that is something which has been lost and much of the Muslim world has been separated from its religion by being separated from its language. So while the people of most nations speak multiple languages (my wife speaks Urdu, Punjabi and English for instance), people being encouraged or obliged to know Arabic for the sake of their religion has somehow inexplicably been made a contentious issue. And Allah knows best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lumumba_s View Post
    Wa `alaykum salam,

    Because the salat is a ritual act of worship that includes pre-conditions, obligations, invalidators, etc., and accordingly, should be performed according to how the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) instructed. And Arabic is not merely the language of the Arabs, but the language of the Revelation and the technical definition of "Arab" is anyone who is fluent in the Arabic language. That being so, a rudimentary understanding of Arabic is the norm for individuals so that an awareness of what is being said in the prayer is not a difficult matter. Every Muslim knows what he is saying when he says, "Subhan Allah wa bi hamdi" even if they do not speak Arabic and the meanings of this come to one's mind and heart. As for du'a and other things which do not have a specific form, conditions and the like, they can and should be performed in whatever language one likes. It furthermore provides motivation for everyone to learn Arabic so that they can read, understanding and interact with the Revelation according to how it was revealed. Unfortunately, that is something which has been lost and much of the Muslim world has been separated from its religion by being separated from its language. So while the people of most nations speak multiple languages (my wife speaks Urdu, Punjabi and English for instance), people being encouraged or obliged to know Arabic for the sake of their religion has somehow inexplicably been made a contentious issue. And Allah knows best.
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