Reference: Salīm, ʿAmr ʿAbul-Muniʿim (2006), al-Masāʾil al-ʿIlmiyyah wa al-Fatāwā al-Sharʿiyyah Fatāwā al-Shaykh al-ʿAllāmah Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī fī al-Madīnah wa al-Imārāt, First Edition. Ṭanṭā: Dār al-Ḍiyāʾ.
Question: “Is it obligatory for the student of Sharīʿah knowledge to learn the Arabic language and converse in it?”
Response: “Learning the Arabic language is an obligatory matter due to what is established with the scholars that whatever is required to fulfil an obligation is itself an obligation. It is not possible for a student of knowledge to understand the Qurʾān and Sunnah except by way of the Arabic language.
As for conversing in it then it is from the highly recommended matters due to the absence of Sharīʿah evidence obligating that.”