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    ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion' (OP)




    “As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islam and the language of the Qur’an, 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.

    Hence when the early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where the people spoke Byzantine Greek, and in Iraq and Khurasan, where the people spoke Farsi, and the Maghrib (North Africa) where the people spoke Berber, they taught the people of those countries to speak Arabic, so that Arabic became the prevalent language in those lands, and all the people, Muslim and kafir alike, spoke Arabic. Such was also the case in Khurasan in the past, then they became lax with regard to the language and got used to speaking Farsi until it became prevalent and Arabic was forgotten by most of them. Undoubtedly this is makrooh.

    The best way is to become accustomed to speaking Arabic so that the young people will learn it in their homes and schools, so that the symbol of Islam and its people will prevail. This will make it easier for the people of Islam to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah, and the words of the Salaf, unlike a person who gets used to speaking one language, then wants to learn another, and finds it difficult.

    Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one’s thinking, behaviour and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Sahabah and Tabi’een. Being like them improves one’s thinking, religious commitment and behaviour.

    Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah, and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfil the duty is also obligatory.

    There are things which are obligatory on all individuals (fard ‘ayn), and others which are obligatory on the community or ummah (fard kifayah, i.e., if some people fulfil them the rest are relieved of the obligation).

    This is the meaning of the report narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah who said: ‘Eesa ibn Yunus told us from Thawr from ‘Umar ibn Yazeed that ‘Umar wrote to Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) and said: ‘Learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’an in Arabic for it is Arabic.’

    According to another hadeeth narrated from ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: ‘Learn Arabic for it is part of your religion, and learn how the estate of the deceased should be divided (fara’id) for these are part of your religion.’

    This command of ‘Umar, to learn Arabic and Shari`ah, combines the things that are needed, for religion involves understanding words and actions. Understanding Arabic is the way to understand the words of Islam, and understanding the Sunnah is the way to understand the actions of Islam…”


    From Iqtida’ al-Sirat al-Mustaqeem, 1/206-207 by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah)
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    ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

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    i find arabic to be quiet hard to learn. is there any good sites in latin alphabet i would appreciate it.

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by Serdar View Post
    i find arabic to be quiet hard to learn. is there any good sites in latin alphabet i would appreciate it.


    I'm learning Arabic too. It is definitely one of the most difficult for an English speaking native. I've learned other languages and I would say that Arabic has been the most difficult for me.

    But, I think if you just focus on the latin alphabet you are missing out because the transliteration schemes vary so much. They don't do a very good job of representing the sounds. I would recommend that you start by spending about a month focusing on the Arabic letters. Just focus on those and you will be blessed later. If you purchase a book such as " Alif Baa with DVDs (Introduction to Arabic letters and Sounds)" you will get a good start. It will give you a good foundation. Then from there you can take on other books or courses.

    My 2 cents.

    ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    “All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    mashallah islam is the best religion and the holy quran is the last word of Allah all mighty
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    I found arabic not that much difficult what I had heard.May be because I am on Initial stage (basics) and I Know urdu language.Some of the words are common in Urdu and arabic.:sunny:
    Last edited by Pure Purple; 09-02-2011 at 08:06 AM.

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by 'Abd-al Latif View Post


    “As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islam and the language of the Qur’an, 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.

    Hence when the early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where the people spoke Byzantine Greek, and in Iraq and Khurasan, where the people spoke Farsi, and the Maghrib (North Africa) where the people spoke Berber, they taught the people of those countries to speak Arabic, so that Arabic became the prevalent language in those lands, and all the people, Muslim and kafir alike, spoke Arabic. Such was also the case in Khurasan in the past, then they became lax with regard to the language and got used to speaking Farsi until it became prevalent and Arabic was forgotten by most of them. Undoubtedly this is makrooh.

    The best way is to become accustomed to speaking Arabic so that the young people will learn it in their homes and schools, so that the symbol of Islam and its people will prevail. This will make it easier for the people of Islam to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah, and the words of the Salaf, unlike a person who gets used to speaking one language, then wants to learn another, and finds it difficult.

    Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one’s thinking, behaviour and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Sahabah and Tabi’een. Being like them improves one’s thinking, religious commitment and behaviour.

    Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah, and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfil the duty is also obligatory.

    There are things which are obligatory on all individuals (fard ‘ayn), and others which are obligatory on the community or ummah (fard kifayah, i.e., if some people fulfil them the rest are relieved of the obligation).

    This is the meaning of the report narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah who said: ‘Eesa ibn Yunus told us from Thawr from ‘Umar ibn Yazeed that ‘Umar wrote to Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) and said: ‘Learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’an in Arabic for it is Arabic.’

    According to another hadeeth narrated from ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: ‘Learn Arabic for it is part of your religion, and learn how the estate of the deceased should be divided (fara’id) for these are part of your religion.’

    This command of ‘Umar, to learn Arabic and Shari`ah, combines the things that are needed, for religion involves understanding words and actions. Understanding Arabic is the way to understand the words of Islam, and understanding the Sunnah is the way to understand the actions of Islam…”


    From Iqtida’ al-Sirat al-Mustaqeem, 1/206-207 by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah)
    So wait your saying it is compulsory for Muslims to know Arabic.

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dua_e_Sehar View Post
    Walaikum Assalam Brother

    Indeed we should be knowing the arabic language to understand Qura'an ....May Allah(swt) guide us all...ameen

    Jazakallah khair for the info...!!
    Yeah I think we should, that day I was watching Shiek Sudias recite Quran I think it was Eid pray, and he was crying like A LOT, I was like why is he crying? Then I realized they understand it, we don't..
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by 'Abd-al Latif View Post
    ‘Abdullaah bin Zayd An-Numayri reports that Al-Hasan Al-Basri said:
    “They (the heretics) were destroyed by their inability in Arabic.”
    Al-Bukhaari, At-Taareekh Al-Kabeer 5/99.


    And al-Imaam Ash-Shaafi’i said:
    “People didn’t become ignorant and didn’t differ amongst themselves except because they left Arabic and leaned towards the language of Aristotle.”
    Quoted by As-Suyuti in Sawn Al-Mantiq p15.


    As-Suyuti said on p22 of the same book:
    “I have found that the Salaaf before Ash-Shaafi’i indicate what he did: that the cause of heresy is ignorance of the Arabic language.”
    There was also a saying by Umar Ibn Ilkhtaab which I can't locate now as I am using my cell that goes:

    ''learn Arabic for it will teach you wisdom''

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Of course, when we know arabic language, we will understand the precise meaning of Qu'an.
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by fahim kamran View Post
    mashallah islam is the best religion and the holy quran is the last word of Allah all mighty
    Islam is the only religion.
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'



    first meeting on private arabic class in my home

    arabic is harder to learn than japanese...

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    It would be really nice if the muslim ummah spoke in Arabic. actually at least one parent should speak to their children in arabic. too much emphasis is put on english while arabic is neglected. it is sad.

    من اليوم سوف اتكلم في اللغة العربية ان شاء الله
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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    بارك الله فيكم

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Yes, it's so important to learn Arabic. And to speak it too. I'm giving away a few free copies of Arabic Made Easy e-book. PM me & I'll send details on how to download.

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    Re: ‘Learn Arabic for it is Part of your Religion'

    Quote Originally Posted by WRITER View Post
    actually at least one parent should speak to their children in arabic. too much emphasis is put on english while arabic is neglected. it is sad.
    Reminds me of my favorite saying by Hamza Yusuf [Lecture - Al Qur'an: The Living Miracle]

    When Allah swt said "Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur'an and indeed, We will be its guardian" that includes the Arabic language, because it is an essential aspect. The Arabic language has been preserved, it's there for whoever wants it. If you want dunya, then learn English, but if you want akhirah, learn Arabic, because it is the language that literally opens up a whole world of meaning that is inaccessible in the English language.

    Quote Originally Posted by جوري View Post
    There was also a saying by Umar Ibn Ilkhtaab which I can't locate now as I am using my cell that goes:

    ''learn Arabic for it will teach you wisdom''
    'Umar sayings:

    "Learn Arabic, for it makes a person more logical and wise, and increases his chivalry."


    "Learn grammar as you learn the Sunnahs and shares of inheritance."

    "Learn I'rab al-Qur'an (syntax) as you learn to memorise it."

    "The worst of writing is that which is elongated without being clear, and the worst of reading is to say things unclearly, and the best of writing is that which is clearest."

    ('Umar Ibn Al-Khattab [Radia-Allahu 'Anhu - "May Allah be pleased with him] His Life & Times vol.1 p.371, 372 Dr. 'Ali M. as-Sallabi)
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