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Is the Qur'an only for Arabic speaking people?

Many Muslims have no idea of what is really in the Qur’an, because it is an Arabic book. It is necessary to understand Arabic to read the Qur’an:

“We have revealed the Qur’an in the Arabic tongue so that you may grow in understanding” (Qur’an 12:1).

See also Qur’an 12:2; 20:113; 39:28; 41:3 and 2:7.

More than 80% of all Muslims don’t know Arabic. Unless you know Arabic, how can you understand the Qur’an? Unless you understand the Qur’an, how can you believe in the Qur’an? The Qur’an is telling Muslims:

“Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.” (Qur’an 43:3).

This verse is telling us that Allah sent down the Qur’an for those, who understand Arabic. So, when Allah himself says that this book is for Arabs, why should a non-Arab believe in it? We can read in the Qur’an a message for a certain region and in the time of Muhammad, not a universal message for all mankind. Allah said that it would not have made sense to publish the Qur’an in another language than Arabic:

“And if We had made it a non-Arabic Qur’an, they would have said, ‘Why are its verses not explained in detail [in our language]? Is it a foreign [recitation] and an Arab [messenger]?’” (Qur’an 41:44).

It is for a Muslim an obligation to recite the Qur’an in Arabic and translations of the Qur’an are not considered as a Qur’an. Translations are only allowed to spread Islam to non-Muslims, not for Muslims, because the book is only understandable in Arabic. Because of the 7th century Arabic language, it can be even difficult for native Arabic speakers to understand the message of the Qur’an. Therefore explanation of Islam without good knowledge of the Qur’an is a main risk in relation to extremist groups. They may come with explanations and sermons with Qur’an explanations that are hard to verify by peaceful Muslims.

Therefore it is so necessary to bring the much needed and much delayed reforms in Islam. It is time for Islam to remove the hate filled verses against mankind. Also the Hadiths should be removed that sanction violence and are against women rights. Inspiration may come from the Previous Scriptures: the Bible. The message of Jesus Christ is for all humanity, for all times, for all nations, the only message of Allah that never changes. Therefore the Gospel was published in the international language Greek, and not in a regional language. Jesus said:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33).

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