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Govt forbids English translation of sacred Islamic names, terms

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 4, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Posted: Jul 4, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved a summary prohibiting English translation of Islamic terms.

Sacred Arabic names and words like Allah, Masjid, Sala’at and Rasool are now forbidden to be translated in English as God, Mosque, Prayer and Prophet, according to the summary approved by the prime minister.

Religious scholars have appreciated the government’s move and stressed over implementation of the decision.

Mufti Naeem, while talking to Samaa, said that the decision is commendable but it should be enforced in letter and spirit.

He appreciated the prime minister for taking the decision in the holy month of Ramazan.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman also lauded the move, saying some religious terms and names are best described in Arabic and they couldn’t be translated in English. – Samaa

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