Assalamu Alaikum brothers in Islam,

I'm assuming that the the Preserved tablet is not written in any human language. Is this correct? Please provide some references.

Also, what language is the tablet written in then? A heavenly language? Or is language redundant when speaking of the Al Lawh Al Mafooz ?

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    What is the color of dog that will enter paradise? 2. To which tree did the staff of Moses belong to. Will these questions really help an individual in the hereadter – Praveenladak Nov 15 '18 at 3:16
  • What is the benefit of the knowledge gained by a possible answer if available! Allah knows best! And even "Arabic language" has "Historically" developed from earlier languages. What is the language of the paradise? and What was the language of Adam seem relevant. – Medi1Saif Nov 15 '18 at 9:23
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I think it matters to recognize that what matters with this Divine "tablet" is its knowledge function, not its physical form which seem to be symbolic or subjective as I'll just explain.

The language indeed seems redundant because what you have in al-Lahw al-Mahfuz is Divine supreme knowledge not written words as words are human conventions after all and have no metaphysical significance. Should one invoke traditions that claim a particular language for angels or paradise as a hint, well, these traditions are weak in isnad and highly suspect of nationalistic forgeries.

And there's a more subtle observation here too. People often tend to associate knowledge with words but they are different. Words signify rather than constitute knowledge. That's why you can have multiple languages referring to the same meaning by different words.

With that said, it is very likely the case that knowledge in this Divine tablet will be rendered in the language of the individual person who accesses it. So if an Arab can access the tablet the knowledge will appear to his mind in Arabic. If a Persian accesses it, the knowledge appears to it in Persian. This is consistent with the fact that we have had prophets from different languages and dialects receiving various forms of revelation in their own language. Even the actual mechanism of it I believe can be laid out. Because in our mind all meanings are associated with words, then if some of those meanings are inspired in us from a higher source they will automatically and by consequence also invoke the words associated with them in our minds, just as the vice versa happens to us every day in this life: we hear only the sounds of words but immediately recognize the meanings associated in our minds with those words, because the sensual perception of the physical words automatically evoke the meanings.

Or it can be the case that the knowledge doesn't expresses itself in words or meanings at all which would be the case if the knowledge is presented in visual theatrical forms which can be the case in case of knowledge about events or actions. In such case, the said event or action is played out in visual forms and scenes upon encounter with it in the tablet. So the person observes the event and then describes it in his own language. So there's no mediation of language or even meanings here. A physical scene observed during the encounter with the tablet is only reported.

So there are various ways the knowledge can appear to the person.

A useful comparison here is Akashic records which seem to be the New Age equivalent of Al-Lawh al-Mahfuz. People claiming encounter with the Akashic records usually report encounter with an old massive library in which knowledge of the past and future events and facts are kept. Knowledge revelation from this supernatural library usually appears to the people as a book moving out of the shelves to them with animated stories opening before them and showing them an event or fact from past or future or some unknown contemporary place.

In Islamic traditions though, there's a talk of tablet and book as we know. Considering the rendering mechanisms I explained above, I tend to believe physical symbols associated with Divine knowledge tend to be subjective and cultural. That's because, in general, spiritual realities tend to appear to the people in forms they are most familiar or convenient to them. So it is just as possible to encounter a book, a tablet, or a library when encountering Divine knowledge, just as it is likely that you encounter Arabic or Persian letters or voices when you encounter it. This is consistent with Islamic traditions that say Allah Himself appears in different forms to the people in the Afterlife. But being a general metaphysical principle, this is not just true for Allah; it is true for all spiritual beings. Angels also appear in various forms depending, on the one hand, on the meaning of their revelation and, on the other, the subjective conditions of the person encountering them.


Interesting earlier comments. The first one mentioning that language has no metaphysical significance is not accurate. Allah created the creation through his word 'Kun'. it's mentioned in the Quran, for those who ask for reference. 'Kun' is not just an idea or a concept, but it's a word from the divine speech. The angels also have a language, Syriac. That's the language of the Lawh al Mahfooz and the language of paradise. It was also the language of Sayyidina Adam(alaihis salaam). Today even science is discovering the string theory, whereby the most subtle form of existence goes beyond the atom to the level of strings, which emit a sound, a vibration. DNA is based on letters. look at the connection of sounds and letters and you'll find the building blocks of creation from the beautiful names of Allah. Science is just the religion we haven't yet understood: Qullidullaha awidur rahman ayya man tad'u falahul asma'ul husna



First think that Preserved Tablet is different from Quran. Many belief/faith Loha-e-Mehfooz is Quarn but not truth. This a divine preserving tablet in which the things that happened and are to happen, all moments in time and all beings in space, in short, everything is written on; it is the mirror of Divine knowledge, the book of fate and the program of the universe.

Everything has been written down and kept in it (36:12).

It is a register where there is the knowledge of everything that has happened and will happen (50:4).

It is a notebook where everything that has happened and will happen to every being eternally exists (57:22).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mrfKSYv_iI you will get more clear ideology/dogma ,hope so.

Language: from loh-e-mehfooz ,we only knowledge about that which told/taught by Hazrat Mohammad(s.a.w), so i think no reference occur about language.

Many scholars having faith that loh-e-Mehfooz is like man's memory .Memory contains the events that we experience, the places that we see, people that we know, voices that we hear, tastes that we taste, all impressions that we receive all our life long, all knowledge that we learn, but it still never becomes full.


  • "... it is the mirror of Divine knowledge" is a very controversial statement ... without evidence we can't imply that the Loha-e-Mehfooz also contains the "Ilm ul Ghaib" which is the dominion of only Allah and is known only to Him. – Ahmed Nov 15 '18 at 6:11

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