Learning foreign languages

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.4, Question No.43

Question: What is the ruling regarding learning foreign languages for the sake of da’wah?

Response: If it is for a [genuine] need, then there is no harm; there is no harm in learning them for a genuine need. As for learning them [simply] because you like them, then that is not permissible.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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