Q: In Surah Fatihah, I have been exposed to two variants of the word “Maalik”:
1. Meem-aleef laam kaaf: tanzil.net/#1:4
2. Meem laam kaaf: quran.com/1/4-14
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.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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.