Ruling on Grammatical Blunder in Supplication ~Ibn Taymiyyah

He (Sheikhul Islam IbnTaymiyyah) was asked about a man who prays a grammatically blundered prayer,then a person said to him:

“Allaah will not accept a prayer that is grammatically wrong”

He responded:

Whoever uttered this statement has committed a sin and gone against the Book (Al-Qur’an), Sunnah (of Allaah’s messenger (commendations and peace of Allaah be upon him)) and what the salaf (pious predecessors) were upon.

Whoever calls on Allaah purifying the religion for him (i.e. with Islamic monotheism) and with a permissible prayer, Allaah will listen to him and answer his prayer, whether it is grammatically correct or wrong.

Therefore, the above mentioned statement has no basis. Rather, it is necessary for the praying person not to burden himself with grammar if he is not used to grammar. Some of the salaf said:

If grammar comes concentration goes.

Also, it is disliked to burden oneself with rhyming in prayer but if it occurs without burdening then there is no problem. (This is) because the origin of prayer is from the heart and the tongue is only following the heart.

Whoever makes his goal in prayer to be straightening, (then) his tongue will weaken the concentration of his heart and this is why the anguished makes a prayer that is inspired to him and he never knew before. And this is a matter that every believer finds in his heart. So prayer is permissible in Arabic and in other than Arabic.

Allaah the exalted knows the intention and will of the caller, even if his tongue is not straight because he knows what the voice mutters irrespective of the language and irrespective of the needs.”

End Quote

From Tasheeh-Du’a by Sheikh Bakr Abu Zayd. May Allaah have mercy on him and Sheikhul Islam.

7 Replies to “Ruling on Grammatical Blunder in Supplication ~Ibn Taymiyyah”

    1. Yes it is, from the sheikh’s explanation.
      However, this doesn’t mean that we should be careless or carefree of learning and practicing correct grammar or pronounciation. Rather it only means that we should not make grammar our goal rather we should make concentration and khushoo’ our aim in supplication.
      And Allaah knows best.

    1. Yes it does my brother. A person should recite with his default tejweed level. He shouldn’t burden himself with perfection because this weakens concentration.
      However, this does not nullify the need to learn tejweed, rather this emphasizes it. Rather what we are saying is that the time of supplication and solat is not practice time. If a person feels he needs to sharpen his tejweed then he should do train himself outside solat. But training and practicing in solat is no inline with its etiquette.

      Allaah alone knows best.

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