Translating Hadeeth into foreign languages
Fatwa No: 21219

  • Fatwa Date:12-5-2011 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 9, 1432
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Question

Is it permissible to translate Hadeeths (narrations) of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, literally into English, German, or any other language?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

It is permissible to translate the Hadeeths (narrations) of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, into a foreign language other than Arabic on the condition that the translator understands the meaning correctly and masters the target language in order to be able to convey the meanings accurately.

The majority of scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them said that it is permissible to relate the meaning of the Hadeeth, and this proves that it is permissible to render the Hadeeth into another language if the meaning is conveyed correctly.

Allaah Knows best.

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