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Old February 2nd, 2008, 07:37
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Question: What is the first obligation upon a new Muslim after performing the ghusl (bath), and is it permissible for him/her to pray in the English language until he/she has memorized the prayer in the Arabic language?

Answer: The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلمwhen he sent Muadh to Yemen the first thing he صلى الله عليه و سلم said to do was to invite the people to the Shahaadah That there is no deity worthy of worship other than Allaah and that Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم is the Messenger of Allaah. Then he said If they obey you in this then inform then that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى has made compulsory upon them five prayers throughout the day and night.[1]

So, the first obligation after she comes into Islaam and takes a bath, is the prayer and there is nothing wrong with her performing the prayer in the language which she understands or knows and is accustomed to, until she learns the Arabic language.

Of the principles of our Deen is that when difficulties occur there is ease. There are many verses in the Qur'aan expounding this principle, such as when Allaah جل و علا teaches us:

لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللّهُ نَفْساً إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا

{Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope} [Al-Baqarah 2:286]

مَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيَجْعَلَ عَلَيْكُم مِّنْ حَرَجٍ

{Allaah does not want to place you in difficulty} [Al-Maaidah 5:6]

So based on that, there is nothing wrong with performing the prayer on time as this is something that should be done (i.e. the prayer on time) and to do the supplication in the language that she is accustomed to speaking until she learns the Arabic language.

Answered by: Abdullaah Abdur-Rahmaan Al-Ghudayyaan

Title of Lecture: The Four Principles by Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab

Date of the Lecture: May 6, 2006

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[1] Reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (#1331) and Saheeh Muslim (#19)
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