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The importance of learning Arabic

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Arabic- The Key to Understanding the Qur’an

3 short stories to introduce this week’s discussion:

1. It has been narrated that a major scholar of the past used to try and fault the Qur’an by searching for flaws in its language. His attempts and studies lasted months, during which time a group of men would frequent his house and ask him whether he had found anything yet. Eventually, he smashed his ink pot and broke his pen, and replied, “None can dispute that this is the Speech of Allah!” He then left the house and passed by a mosque, from which he heard the voice of a young boy reciting the verse,
وَقِيلَ يَا أَرْضُ ابْلَعِي مَاءكِ وَيَا سَمَاء أَقْلِعِي وَغِيضَ الْمَاء وَقُضِيَ الأَمْرُ وَاسْتَوَتْ عَلَى الْجُودِيِّ وَقِيلَ بُعْداً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
And it was said, “O earth, swallow your water, and O sky, withhold [your rain].” And the water subsided, and the matter was accomplished, and the ship came to rest on the [mountain of] Judiyy. And it was said, “Away with the wrongdoing people.” (Hud, verse 44)
to which the man remarked, “It is not possible that a human could produce such words.”
The verse in question is one of the most beautiful, eloquent, rhetorical verses of the Qur’an, as the scholars of Arabic balaaghah (rhetoric) identified within it more than twenty-five different rhetorical devices (fann balaaghee) within just 17 words!

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Learning Arabic

Alhamdu Lillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘Ala Rasulillah Wa Ba’d.

All of us know by now the importance of learning the Arabic language in order to understand the relgion. Shaikh Ul Islam Ibn Taymeeyah said:

“The Arabic language itself is part of Islâm, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qur‘ân and Sunnah, and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfill the duty is also obligatory.”

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Importance of Learning Arabic

The religion has been distorted and changed beyond recognition by the People of Desires and Innovations until the common Muslim has come to regard innovations as sunnahs and the Sunnah as something strange. Generations of Muslims have lived in the darkness of ignorance of the Qur’aan and of the religion of Allaah. This cancer has eaten away at the flesh of the Muslim Ummah leaving it extremely weak and humiliated. And how could it be otherwise when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) told us:

Allaah raises up peoples by this Book, and puts down by it others. (Reported by Muslim (no. 817), ibn Maajah (no. 218), Ahmad (1/35), and ad-Daarimi (no. 3365).

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The importance of learning Arabic

Shaykh Uthaymeen said:
“From the benefits of learning the Arabic language is correction of the tongue with the Arabic tongue which the speech of Allah was revealed in. Because of this, understanding the Arabic language is extremely important. But the sciences of the Arabic language are difficult in the beginning and becomes easy thereafter. It is the example of a house made of cane (the likes of sugar cane), but its door is made of steel. Meaning, it is difficult for one to enter, but once one does, is is then made easy. Due to this, I encourage the student to learn the foundations of the language in order to make the rest easy for him/her.”

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The key to understand – Holy Quran

We all feel touched when we open up a good translation of the meaning of the Qur’an and we ponder and wonder at the beauty of the words and the deep meanings within. But in reality we are just seeing a glimpse of the real treasure that the Qur’an is.

Imagine how you’d feel if you could understand the words of Allah in the form in which they were sent down and not just rely on a translation of the meaning in English. Imagine the power of the words and the directness of the message then! The potency would be awesome!

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The Language of Islam: The Importance of Learning Arabic

For those of us who were not raised as Muslims, those of us who reverted to Islam by choice, the first words we uttered as Muslims–indeed, the words which marked our passage into our faith–were in Arabic: ashshaduan la illaha illa Allah, wa ashshaduana Muhammadan rasul Allah. We were required not only to properly utter this phrase, but to thoroughly understand it. We quickly learned other Arabic words and phrases such as assalaam alaikum, alhamdu lillah, in sha’ Allah. Our prayer must be in Arabic and we must memorize Qur’an in Arabic, no matter what our native tongue. Many new Muslims as well as non-Arab Muslims can, in fact, communicate fairly well with Arabic speakers as a result of even minimal knowledge of Arabic. Yet non-Arab Muslims must learn Arabic for reasons other than simple communication and rote memorization.

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The State of Arabic Language Studies Today

The sciences of the Arabic language – like morphology, grammar, rhetoric, and metrics – were codified around the end of the fifth century AH/eleventh century CE. The scholars who carried out this effort achieved something truly astounding. It is all the more impressive to consider that these scholars worked in a time when collaboration was difficult, and the exchange of ideas took much longer than it does today. They did not enjoy the research facilities and networks that allow for the rapid dissemination and exchange of ideas that scholars of later generations would enjoy. There were no foundations and research organizations back then to support the development of the language sciences. Their achievements, nevertheless, were amazing and relatively rapid.

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Learning Arabic

The religion has been distorted and changed beyond recognition by the People of Desires and Innovations until the common Muslim has come to regard innovations as sunnahs and the Sunnah as something strange. Generations of Muslims have lived in the darkness of ignorance of the Qur’aan and of the religion of Allaah. This cancer has eaten away at the flesh of the Muslim Ummah leaving it extremely weak and humiliated. And how could it be otherwise when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) told us:

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The status of the Arabic language in Islam

As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islâm and the language of the Qur‘ân, so that this becomes a habit in the land, with one’s family and household members, with one’s friends, in the marketplace, when addressing government representatives or authority figures or when speaking to people of knowledge, undoubtedly this is makrooh (disliked), because it involves being like the non-Arabs, which is makrooh, as stated previously.

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