The word “Maalik”

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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)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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