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3414: Learning foreign languages

Is learning English haraam or halaal?

Published Date: 2000-04-02

Praise be to Allaah. 

If there is a need to learn English or any other foreign (non-Arabic) language for a religious or worldly purpose, then there is no reason why one should not learn it. But if there is no need then it is makrooh to learn it.

Fataawaa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 12/133
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