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How Can a Muslim Expand and Increase His Vocabulary?

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Answered by: Maulana Yūsuf Badāt


My question is that I have learnt from you and from many other scholars that reading literature that is toxic and un-Islamic is Haraam because it pollutes the mind.

I have noticed that your vocabulary and the vocabulary of other scholars are strong, MashaAllah, so I just want to ask that since 90-95% of modern novels have things like romance and disrespecting parents in them but they still have difficult words that can expand your vocabulary and can teach how to write a novel, but since it is Haraam to read them, what can a Muslim do instead?

In other words, how do you and other scholars expand your vocabulary and knowledge about the world and writing skills since modern novels are toxic? So that I can know and do the same.

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


There are many Islamically appropriate ways to expand vocabulary. A few methods are listed below:

  • Practice writing and speaking with the consistent use of a thesaurus.
  • Listen to or watch documentaries and the news.
  • Take advanced courses in literature and language.
  • Read decent books with Islamically appropriate content.
  • Stay in the company of eloquent righteous Muslims and learn from them.

“We did not send any messenger except [speaking] in the language [and vocabulary] of his people to state clearly [and explain eloquently] for them.” – Qur’ān 14:4)1

Only Allāh knows best.

Written by Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَا مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلَّا بِلِسَانِ قَوْمِهِ لِيُبَيِّنَ لَهُمْ ۖ فَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ مَن يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ – سورة إبراهيم ٤

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