The word “Maalik”

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: In Surah Fatihah, I have been exposed to two variants of the word “Maalik”:

1. Meem-aleef laam kaaf:

2. Meem laam kaaf:

Could you please give an authoritative, comprehensive explanation to this geared towards the layman – which includes possible associated translation issues?


A: These are two different versions of reading the word and both are authentically reported from Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)