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When talking about Allah, the Qur'an, or anything in Islam really, we should be knowledgeable:

...My Lord has only forbidden... ...that you say about Allah that which you do not know. -- Qur'an 7:33

As I live in a country (China) where the local language is not my native language, I'm consequently hesitant to speak about Islam in Chinese in case I inadvertently misspeak.

Question: What level of fluency should one have when discussing Islam in a second language?

While I understand that I can reasonably expect to be forgiven for isolated mistakes, I nevertheless shouldn't say things about Allah, the Qur'an, etc., recklessly.

  • you can just give them a entrance about Islam , such about our main believes then if they ask more give them a physical copy of Quran or such things ! – Mustapha Elbazi Nov 14 '16 at 8:28
  • This seems to me opinion based I've heard many people (among them scholars) using the expression "Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence... (sunnah.com/bukhari/60/128) " as a general invitation to do d'awa, but it seems to be contrdictory to your quoted verse! – Medi1Saif Nov 14 '16 at 10:43
  • Today I called the Qur'an "Islam's most important tree" (in Chinese, book is "shu" first tone, while I said "shu" fourth tone). I'm not sure if I should laugh or pray for forgiveness. – Rebecca J. Stones Nov 16 '16 at 16:17
  • Praying for forgiveness is never wrong read sunnah.com/abudawud/8/99 or sunnah.com/bukhari/80/4 – Medi1Saif Jan 18 '17 at 7:41

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