Saudi Arabia snubs Yoruba and Igbo, announces plan to translate Arafat sermon into Hausa language

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The Saudi Arabia authorities have announced plans to translate the 2023 Arafat Sermon into Hausa and 19 other languages.

The President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque, In Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais disclosed this, saying id that all preparations have been made for the live broadcast of Arafat sermon from Namirah Mosque at the holy site of Arafat in 20 languages.

According to him, the 20 languages include; French, English, Persian, Urdu, Russian, Hausa, Turkish, Punjabi, Chinese, Malayo, Swahili, Spanish, Portuguese, Amharic, German, Swedish, Italian, Malayalam, Bosnian, and Filipino.

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The sermon will be available on Arafat Sermon application as well as on Manarat Al-Haramain platform.

Al-Sudais indicated that this project is the largest of its kind in the world, and that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ready for its third year in a row to deliver the message of Islam to the widest possible audience.

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The Day of ‘Arafah (Yawm Al-‘Arafah), also called the Day of the Standing (Yawm Al-Waqf), is significant because it is the holiest day of the Islamic Hijri lunar year.

Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon which is known as The Farewell Sermon or Muhammad’s Final Sermon was delivered on Mount Arafat.

With the development, Hausa will be the first major Nigeria language to be officially featured in the Arafat Sermon translation list above the other two major languages Yoruba and Igbo.

Hausa was said to have been selected above others because the majority of Hausas are Muslims and the language is being spoken in other countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Niger, Sudan, Togo and a lot of North Africa.

According to online sources, Hausa with 75,000,000 speakers is the fifth most spoken language in Africa. While Yoruba is 7th with 50,000,000 speakers. Igbo which is not among the top 10 has 24,000,000 speakers. 

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