I recently converted and, while I’ve learned to say my prayers in Arabic, I cannot make general supplications (du`a’) in Arabic when I prostrate. Is it Islamically acceptable to say those supplications in English?
I would like to welcome you to Islam, and I pray that Allah will bless you and guide you to be a source of blessings and goodness for others.
The position of the Maliki school is that it is permissible for one to supplicate during his prayers in a language other than Arabic. This was noted by a great scholar named al-Dasuqi who said, “It is permissible for one who is not fluent in Arabic to supplicate during prayers in a different language” (Hashiyyah al-Dusuqi ‘ala al-Sharh al-Kabir, vol. 4, pg. 451).
And Allah knows best.