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Do I have to read the Qur'an in Arabic or can I read it in Urdu?

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Hi I am a Pakistani and learned Qur’an when I was younger.  There is a difference in Urdu and Arabic pronunciation. I read up to the 21st chapter and never completed. It’s been a long time, many years I can now read but have mistakes. I want to complete the Qur’an. Can I complete it from reading from where I left off, the 21st chapter and complete or would I need to begin the Qur’an again from the beginning. Also if I was to begin again I would like to learn in Arabic but it’s hard to find teachers in Arabic where I live. What I would like to know is the Qur’an kabool in reading it in Urdu or would it have to be in Arabic? I have started to read sura yaseen in the Urdu in the mean time as I know that it is greatly rewarded whilst I learn to read the Qur’an again. Is there a difference in reading tajweed and in reading in Arabic?


Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

The Qur'an was revealed in pure Arabic language therefore anyone who wishes to read the Quran properly must learn and read it in Arabic. If you want to read the Qur’an correctly, you should not read it with the letters of another language or script of another language. One must try his utmost to learn the proper articulation points of the Arabic letters and apply them in reading. The letters in Urdu are very much similar to Arabic, there is however, a very big difference in pronunciation of many of the letters, even though they are written alike. It would be much better for you right now to first concentrate on trying to perfect your reading and this can be possible by various means. Look into the following answers and

You can read any part of the Qur'an you want, and it doesn't matter if you start at the beginning or at chapter 21,  but it is better to make an orderly progression in your reading.  The important thing is that you keep a daily schedule of reading the words of Allah and don't let it fall aside from your routine.  Tajweed is the rules of recitation, which includes the proper pronunciation, but there are other rules that  are studied and applied when reading when reciting with tajweed.  The Qur'an was revealed with tajweed and the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah upon him recited the Qur'an with tajweed.

There are many weak hadeeths about surah Ya Seen, so we suggest you check the authenticity of the hadeeths you are referring to as to the benefits of Ya Seen.

May Allah make it easy for you and grant all Muslims the means to learn the Quran in the correct way. Ameen!

Wassalam Alaikum

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