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f:1174 -    Proof from Hadith for translation of Islamic books, etc.
Country : UAE,
Name : Uzair Javed
Question:     I want to know whether I can translate some books and can write some papers on various topics.  Please give me the proof of doing so from the Hadith.
Answer:     There are many Hadith regarding permissibility of translating in various languages.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered Hadhrat Zaid (May Allah be well pleased with him) to learn Syrian language.  As mentioned in the following Hadith:

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Thabit bin ‘Ubaid (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said:  Hadhrat Zaid bin Thabit (May Allah be well pleased with him) asked me:  Do you know Syrian (language)?  Letters come to me in that language.  I said:  No, I don’t know.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  You learn it.  Then I learnt the Syrian language in 17 days.  (Musnad Imam Ahmed, Hadith No. 22208)

There is another Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:

Translation: Hadhrat Abu Hamza (May Allah be well pleased with him) says:  I used to work as an interpreter/translator between Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (May Allah be well pleased with him) and others.  (Sahih Bukhari, Kitaab Ul ‘Ilm).

This shows that one should translate Islamic sciences into other languages so that their benefit becomes general.

And Allah The Most Merciful and The Most Beneficent knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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