The Arab News reports that a new program will provide worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah with a live translation of sermons from Arabic to either English or Urdu:
Authorities have assigned a designated area in the Haram for worshippers who follow Urdu and English where headsets and compact audio devices are being provided by the Grand Mosque authorities. The device is connected to FM frequency that broadcasts the interpretation of the Arabic sermon delivered by the Imam of Haram, Abdul Hafez Al-Shubaiti.
The program began operation last Friday at the King Fahd gate area of the Grand Mosque. A similar program is expected to launch soon at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. Non-Arabic speakers have long expressed a desire to understand the sermons in order to benefit from the knowledge and advice shared.
If you listen in on a conversation among Muslims anywhere in the world, you are likely to hear several Arabic words and phrases peppered through the conversation, regardless of the language actually being spoken. These phrases hold special meaning among Muslims, are often used in their original Arabic language, and serve as a unified way to communicate among the global Muslim community. It took me quite a while to figure out the nuances of when to use each phrase...
- Assalamu alaikum! (ex. "Assalamu alaikum! I'm home!")
- Insha'Allah (ex. "Tomorrow I'll pick you up at 5pm, insha'Allah.")
- Masha'Allah (ex. "Your new baby has such cute dimples, masha'Allah!")
- Subhan'Allah (ex. "Subhan'Allah, the Quran describes science in such detail.")
- Alhamdulillah (ex. "Alhamdulillah, she is feeling much better now.")
Now let's put them all together: "Assalamu alaikum! How have you been? Alhamdulillah, I'm fine. How's the new baby? Masha'Allah, she's so cute! I can't believe you're already a dad... Subhan'Allah, how time flies by. Well, I hope to see you at Friday prayer, insha'Allah. Assalamu alaikum!"
This weekend marks the beginning of Jumaada Awwal, the 5th month of Islamic year 1435 H. Learn more about how Muslims count time.
"It is He Who made the sun to be a shining glory, and the moon to be a light of beauty, and measured out stages for it, that you might know the number of years and the count of time. Allah did not create this except in truth and righteousness. And He explains His signs in detail, for those who understand" (Quran 10:5).
Giving your child a proper, meaningful name is one of your first responsibilities as a new parent. Find a Muslim name for your baby, with the help of these resources: