The English Language

Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said regarding the English language:

Even if it were the language of the Kufaar, you still might need it one of those days, and I wish I could speak this language for I have found great benefit in it for the dawah to Allah. A man comes to enter Islam and you wouldn’t know how to speak to him…

This is why the Prophet, salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam, ordered Zaid bin Thaabit to learn the Gibberish language, which is the language of the Jews…

Imagine you are in a society that does not know except the English language, whether it is an English or non-English society, then how would you call to Allah? Can you call others with sign language? Even if you did, you wouldn’t be able to call him through gestures, so those who say that English is the language of the Kufaar, and that it is impermissible to learn it…is not true.

[Leqa’a Al-Bab Al-Maftooh, 61, First question]

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