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January 12, 2011

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Post-Ramadan Teensie-Weensie Tip #5: Start learning Arabic (if you haven’t already) – Part 4

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1, 2 and 3.]

[Sorry for taking so long with this series and the other series as well. This series has many more parts to come, insha-Allah.]

6) Understand that learning Arabic is a means of being steadfast in our religion.

The last Recover Ramadan post was about asking Allah to make our hearts steadfast on this religion.

Dua is one way to remain steadfast on the religion. (And we have to be steadfast on it. Who wants to go to Hell anyway???)

Seeking knowledge is another way to do so. Tawheed is the most important subject and is basically related to all the other subjects. (Yes, yes, yes. All the other Islamic sciences are related to tawheed.)

Learning Arabic is also part of seeking knowledge. In fact, it is one of the keys to seeking knowledge.

After all, where does the knowledge of Islam come from? The Quran and the Sunnah.

Which language are they in? Arabic, of course. Even their major commentaries are in Arabic!

So, in order to properly understand the Quran and the Sunnah, we have to learn Arabic.

Now, you might say “Hey, they’ve been translated.”

Uh-huh.

a) Do you know that the Quran is a literary miracle? The Pagan Arabs were the best poets of their time but they could not come up with something better than the Quran.

If they were the best poets of their time, it implies that they were excellent in the Arabic language, which implies that the Quran is an Arabic masterpiece.

Therefore, in order to understand the Quran PROPERLY and FULLY, we have to learn Arabic.

b) Also, the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said that he was sent with concise speech.

Which language did he use for this concise speech? Arabic, of course!

If you read the translation, you’ll have difficulty understanding how he is concise in speech.

c) Also, many of the people of innovation have used translations as a means of causing people to deviate.

For example, I was reading a statement of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) about an issue of aqeedah (creed). The Arabic text was there and so was the translation. The translator was one of the people of innovation.

This liar translated the whole statement of Imam Abu Hanifah properly and in the end, he inserted a word in parenthesis.

Do you know what happened? THE WHOLE MEANING CHANGED.

Yes, he just added one extra word at the end of the translation and that was it. He ascribed a false statement to one of the Imams of Ahlus Sunnah.

[It’s ironic. Ahlul bidah (the people of innovation) always accuse Ahlus Sunnah of incorrectly translating things (“It’s a Wahhabi translation!”) but they are the ones who mess around with the translation!]

So, how would we know if something was correctly translated or not? We’d be at the mercy of the translator!

Another example is the issue of the command to wear the hijab. I’ve heard many women say “Where is it in the Quran? It only says put your clothes over your chest.” [Please check Surah An-Noor, Ayah No. 31]

They point to incorrect translations as a proof. Well, the proof is in the Arabic text itself as the word used is “khumurihinn”. That means “their khumur”.

Khumur is the plural of khimar. A khimar is something that covers the head and arms so this means that we need to cover our head!

[Also, the part about putting the khimar over one’s chest can be understood when we see the history of the pagan Arabs. The women used to wear the khimar but would not cover their chests properly, hence showing their cleavage. So Allah ordered them to cover properly.]

So, when we understand Arabic, we no longer have to rely on translations, we can go back and check the main text.

7) What about those who have struggled with Arabic for years and have still gotten nowhere, you ask?

Wait, who said that they got nowhere?

What is the reason that we are learning Arabic? It’s to understand the Quran and the Sunnah.

WHY do we want to understand them? So that we can ponder over their meanings and apply them.

So, our goal is to learn how to worship Allah and to worship Him in the right way.

Isn’t seeking knowledge an act of worship? Therefore, isn’t struggling to learn Arabic an act of worship?

If our ultimate aim is to worship Allah and please Him, then we can attain that goal by struggling to learn Arabic, even if we don’t reach the target of actually learning Arabic.

So, if we struggle, we remain in an act of worship and we are doing something that is pleasing to Allah.

If we stop studying Arabic, we are no longer doing this act of worship.

People always compare their level of Arabic to others.

Why bother? Does it matter?

Perhaps there is a person struggling to learn Arabic and is unable to do so. However, this person fails to really learn Arabic. Perhaps this struggle of his will please Allah and He will grant him Paradise as a result of it.

And perhaps there is a person who finds Arabic very easy and becomes a scholar of the language. However, he is arrogant or does not follow tawheed or has improper intentions. So, it may be that he angers Allah with his actions which causes him to be thrown into the Hellfire although he mastered Arabic!

So, think of the real goal and don’t give up.

[To be continued…]

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Shireen
    Jan 21 2011

    Jazakillahu kheira

    I had downloaded all ebooks of madina Arabic books and had printed out just 1 of them. I tried learning but gave up too soon. The post was inspiring enough for me to take it off my bookshelf again and try to learn again

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Feb 16 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Wa iyaaki.

      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad that it was beneficial.

      You can do it, insha-Allah.

      Reply

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