Learning Arabic

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

To Seek Knowledge of Arabic and Why

All Praise is due to Allah the Lord of all the worlds, and peace and blessing be upon His prophet Muhammad.

Allah say in Quran that He sent down the Quran in Clear Arabic so that we can have the understanding of His book the Quran.

Allah states:

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an in order that you may understand.
( سورة يوسف, Yusuf, Chapter #12, Verse #2)

 

وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا وَصَرَّفْنَا فِيهِ مِنَ الْوَعِيدِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ أَوْ يُحْدِثُ لَهُمْ ذِكْرًا

“And thus We have sent it down as a Qur’an in Arabic, and have explained therein in detail the warnings, in order that they may fear Allah, or that it may cause them to have a lesson from it (or to have the honor for believing and acting on its teachings). “

( سورة طه , Taha, Chapter #20, Verse #113)

 

قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا غَيْرَ ذِي عِوَجٍ لَّعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

“An Arabic Qur’an, without any crookedness (therein) in order that they may avoid all evil which Allah has ordered them to avoid, fear Him and keep their duty to Him. “
( سورة الزمر , Az-Zumar, Chapter #39, Verse #28)

وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا أَعْجَمِيًّا لَّقَالُوا لَوْلَا فُصِّلَتْ آيَاتُهُ ۖ أَأَعْجَمِيٌّ وَعَرَبِيٌّ ۗ قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ فِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرٌ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِمْ عَمًى ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ يُنَادَوْنَ مِن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ

“And if We had sent this as a Qur’an in a foreign language (other than Arabic), they would have said: “Why are not its Verses explained in detail (in our language)? What! (A Book) not in Arabic and (the Messenger) an Arab?” Say: “It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing. And as for those who disbelieve, there is heaviness (deafness) in their ears, and it (the Qur’an) is blindness for them. They are those who are called from a place far away (so they neither listen nor understand).”
( سورة فصلت , Fussilat, Chapter #41, Verse #44)


And the religion of Islam is in Arabic and the Sunnah and the History of Islam. Without understanding, Arabic means not understanding Islam and the Quran and the Sunnah. So one must know it and understand it. Translation is not enough, for those who think it is to hard, here is some advice from Shaykh Uthymeen rahimallah:

Is learning Arabic Hard? [ from Shaykh Uthymeen rahimallah]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The introduction of aljurumiyah, the book is a famous Grammar book, Shaykh Uthymeen rahimallah in his sharh of aljurimiyah in the introduction he begins with praising Allah.

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful, and all The Praise for Allah the Lord of the worlds, and Peace and Blessing upon our Prophet Muhammad [sallahu wa alyhe wa sallam] and upon his family and all his companion> Concerning after…

Indeed knowledge of an-naahu [Arabic grammar] Noble knowledge, knowledge of resource, it implore with it to two important things:

First thing: To comprehend the book of Allah and the sunnah of His Messengers [ sallahu wa alayhe wa sallam] that is much to comprehend from them two [ Book of Allah and sunnah of His Messenger sallahu wa alyhe wa sallam] or that to comprehend much from them two and to set upon knowing anahu Arabic grammar.

Second thing: to establish the tongue upon the tongue of the Arabic which it is the Speech of Allah Aza wa Jal and He sent with it Speech of Allah [ The Quran is the speech of Allah].

So that comprehending an-nahu [ Arabic grammar ] its affair is very important.
An-nahu at first is hard and to the end it is easy. An example of this is a house build out of sugar cane { Qasab} and its door from iron, mean: it is hard to enter but when you enter upon it every things is easy. [ meaning when you pass the iron door,which is hard, every thing else fall down because the house made out of sugar cane.]

For this is obligatory for the people that he guard upon learning the principles of it, until it become easy and stay upon him.

The example of the saying who say ” indeed an-nahu is hard” until the student imagine that it never be able [to learn] it. This is wrong and not correct but to concentrate upon the first which is easy to the end of it. Translated by Abul Baraa Muhammad Amreeki.

For those who are Muslims who lives in the West, who revert to Islam do not be like those before you, which mean the Christians who to this day do not know their own book in its original language, who they blindly follow translation and men with who is upon falsehood. Up to the point, they have numbers of different version and translations of their book and none know its origin language except a very small few. And they are misguided and misguided others.

And the Believer say in Surah Fatihah

” اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

” صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ

” Gudie us to the straight path , The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray. “

Those who are Daleeen [ Astray] is speaking of the Christians who is Astray because they speak about Allah with no knowledge. So the believer begs Allah in his salah to not be like them.

So be not like them and learn our Deen which is to be upon it with Knowledge and Insight, that is having knowledge of it. And understanding the Quran and Arabic is part of this knowledge.

Many of Western Muslims who revert to Islam who was Christian [or similar to them and their] background, many of us enter this Deen and have a Christian mindset and do not busy ourselves with knowledge of Arabic of the Quran. Also, many of us when Islamic affairs are brought to us we are confused or do not know and many times can not return back to the correct Islamic sources meaning Book of Allah, the Scholars, and their writing because many of it is in Arabic. We remain in a state of not knowing. But if one understands Arabic he or she can return back to the Authentic scholars of Islam. Many of us do not know who they are and take the people of Bidah and Astray as scholars because we lack Arabic.

For those who are Muslim and from countries that do not speak Arabic language or Arabic dialect that far from the Fusha , in same cases you see such Muslim Countries in problems and trials and shirk and Allah knows best, because they do not understand the book of Allah which is in Arabic.

We ask Allah to guide us and increase us of knowledge Ameen.

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