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Qira’at revealed in Arabic

Fatwaa ID: 1093

Question:
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
I hope you are doing well Mufti Saaheb. I had two questions:

  1. Why is it that the various qiraa’aat were revealed to only facilitate ease for the various tribes of Arabia, and not any other ethnicity?
  2. Is the normal alif which is replaced by an alif Zanjariyyah also part of the Rasm Uthmāni eg. قٰل?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. The Qur’aan was revealed in the Arabic language for various reasons and benefits. There is no other language that can facilitate some of the benefits such as the eloquence of the Qur’aan. The various Qira’at are all in the Arabic language, thus maintaining that pristine eloquence. Having the Qira’at in different languages would necessitate the Qur’aan being revealed in other languages. The eloquence would not be maintained. While one of the benefits of the Qira’at is ease, that benefit must compliment the other purposes.
  2. I am not sure where you got the name “zanjariyyah” from. It is also not clear what you mean by your question. The alifs in the Qur’aan are either marsoom or ghayr marsoom. At times it is ghayr marsoom to facilitate other Qira’at and at times for reasons unknown. The orthography of the Qur’aan is tawqeefi, divinely established.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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