Is It Better to Read Qur'an in Arabic or Read the Translation?
Is It Better to Read Qur'an in Arabic or Read the Translation?
Yasir Qadhi

We read Qur'an and don't understand what is being recited. In that case, should we be reading the Qur'an in a language we understand?

In Ramadan, you should read the Quran in Arabic as much as possible...

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains and answers

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The Qur'an is only recited in Arabic. To read the English is to read a translation. It's not the Qur'an, and the month of Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an. So in this month in particular, you should read the Arabic as much as possible.

The recitation is done of the Arabic. If you want to study the meanings, then maybe take five, ten minutes. So, if you want to read the Qur'an, most of it should be in Arabic. So let's say 30, 40 minutes of recitation, then maybe five, 10 minutes you can read a translation of a little bit of what you've read, but the emphasis should be on the actual Qur'an.

As for studying the Qur'an and getting the meanings of the Qur'an, well then you have the rest of the year to do that. So basically, take your time. If it's one hour, 90% of it should be with the actual Qur'an and 10% of if you want with the Tafseer or the interpretation. Having said that, take advantage of technology, YouTube and podcasts and whatnot. As you're driving, as you're washing the dishes, as you're cleaning the house, listen to the Tafseer in English or in your language, and you will benefit immensely. But when you sit down to worship Allah, nothing substitutes opening the Book of Allah in Arabic and reading the speech of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala).

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