Speaking English Without Necessity – Shaikh Fawzaan


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Question: May Allah make your affair good. The question is asked: “Some of the Arab brothers speak in the English language without any need. Is this action blameworthy or permissible and does it contradict the honorable status of Islam?”



Answer (Shaikh Saalih Fawzaan):


For the Arab to speak with a language other than Arabic, this is tashabbuh (resembling)1, resembling of the non-Arabs.  But, it is permissible if there is a need.  It is permissible to speak (in English) as much as is needed, and in that case the prohibition is removed. But if it is for other than a need, then this is not permissible because this is from at-tashabbuh: whoever speaks like them resembles them.  So if it is for other than a need then it is NOT permissible. Na’am





Translated by: Ummu Khuzaimah

Edited by: Umm Muhammad





1The Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said:

مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ

Whoever resembles a people is from them.”

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar – radiallahu anhumaa – declared authentic by Shaikh Albaanee in Saheeh al Jaamee (2831)


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