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17-10-2008 @ 12:13 AM    Notify Admin about this post
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Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah

BECOMING accustomed talking to one another in a language other than Arabic ı so much so that it becomes a habit in the land, with oneıs family, with oneıs friends, in the marketplace, when addressing government representatives or authority figures or when speaking to the people of knowledge ı is undoubtedly Makrooh (disliked). Arabic is a symbol of Islam and the language of the Qurıan.

When early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where people spoke Byzantine Greek, and in Iraq and Khurasaan, where people spoke Persian, and North Africa (Al-Maghrib) where people spoke Berber, they taught the people of those countries to speak Arabic. Arabic then became the prevalent language in those lands. All people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, spoke Arabic.

This was also the case in Khurasaan in the past. Later, they became lax with regard to language and got used to speaking Persian until it became prevalent and Arabic was forgotten by most of them. This is without doubt disliked.

It is best to be accustomed in speaking Arabic. Young people will learn it in their homes and schools, and the symbol of Islam and its people will prevail.

This will make it easier to understand the Qurıan and Sunnah, and the words of the Salaf (pious predecessors - Sahabah, Tabiıeen etc).
Language has a clear and strong effect on oneıs thinking, behavior and religious commitment. It also helps one to resemble with the early generations of this Ummah, the Companions and the Tabiıeen. Being like them improves oneıs thinking, religious commitment and behavior.

Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qurıan and Sunnah ı and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic ı then the means needed to fulfill the duty also becomes obligatory.

Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) wrote to Abu Moosa Al-Ashıaree (May Allah be pleased with him), ıLearn the Sunnah and learn Arabic. Learn the Qurıan in Arabic for it is Arabic.ı

Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) also said, ıLearn Arabic for it is part of your religion, and learn how the estate of the deceased should be divided (Faraaıid) for these are part of your religion.ı

This command of Umar, to learn Arabic and the Shariah combines the things that are needed, as 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 Islamıı

ı Iqtidaaıus-Siraatil-Mustaqeem (2/207). Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) is one of the great and exceptional scholars known in Islamic history.

source: An article in the Saudi Gazette Newspaper, 17 Shawwal 1429 H edition.

18-10-2008 @ 2:06 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu abdir Razzaaq Amjad ibn Ayub (United Kingdom)
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One of the reported instructions ıUmar wrote to Abı Mısı Al-Ashıarı and those under his governance during the formerıs Caliphate was, ıSeek knowledge and understanding of (fiqh) the Sunnah and seek knowledge and understanding of Arabic.ı

Ibn Abı Shaybah, Al-Musannaf Vol.6 p126.

It is reported that he said, ıLearn Arabic, for it strengthens the intelligence and increases oneıs noble conduct (al-murı`ah).ı

Al-Bayhaqı, Shuıab Al-ımın Vol.4 p187.

It is also reported that he said, ıDo not learn the language of the non-Arabs, and do not enter upon them in their churches on their festivals, for indeed wrath descends upon them.ı

ıAbd Al-Razzıq Al-Sanıını, Al-Musannaf Vol.1 p411.

It is also reported that he was once circumambulating the Kaıbah when he heard two men speaking in a language other than Arabic behind him. He turned to them and said, ıFind some way to learn Arabic.ı

ıAbd Al-Razzıq Al-Sanıını, Al-Musannaf Vol.5 p496.

It is reported that Ubay b. Kaıb ı Allıh be pleased with him ı said, ıLearn Arabic just as you learn to memorize the Qurın.ı

Ibn Abı Shaybah, Al-Musannaf Vol.7 p150.

It is reported that Ibn ıUmar ı Allıh be pleased with them ı used to hit his children for making language errors.

Tahdhıb Al-Tahdhıb Vol.9 p292.

It is reported that Shuıbah ı Allıh have mercy on him ı said, ıLearn Arabic, for it increases the intelligence.ı

Tahdhıb Al-Tahdhıb Vol.4 p303.

It is reported that ıAttı b. Abı Rabıh ı Allıh have mercy on him ı said, ıI wish I were fluent in Arabic,ı when he was ninety years old.

Al-Dhahabı, Siyar Aılım Al-Nubalı`, in his biography of ıAttı b. Abı Rabıh.

It is reported that Ibn Shubrumah ı Allıh have mercy on him ı said, ıMen have never worn a garment more beautiful than Arabic.ı

Al-Bayhaqı, Shuıab Al-ımın Vol.4 p197.

On the authority of Aboo Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, from the the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam, that he said, Al-Islaam started strange, and will again return strange as it started, so Toobaa is for the Strange ones. In another n

21-10-2008 @ 11:05 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali (Translator of the Noble Qurıın) writes:

ıIt is a pity that many nations are only satisfied in the translated meaning of the Qurıın and Prophet's Sunnah instead of studying the (true) Arabic text of the Qurıın and Prophetıs Sunnah. For this reason they are divided into various sects (due to the lack of knowledge about the religion of Islam) e.g. as regards to the ways of religious education, etc. so they are plunged in differences, which was prohibited by Allıh.

If the translation of the meaning of the Qurıın is meant for the above said purpose then it is a real mischief-doing, and an evil action and is against what was brought by Allıhıs Messenger (Peace be upon him) and also against the opinions of the early and present day religious scholars. All the religious scholars unanimously agree that the Qurıın and the Sunnah should be taught in the language of the Qurıın (i.e. Arabic Language). So did the early religious scholars of the Muslim nation when they conquered different countries.

Translations are mainly meant for informing the people who have not yet embraced Islam to make clear to them the principles of Islam and the teachings of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and to know its exact facts. When they reach this state and Allıh has blessed them with Islam, they must take the Qurıınic and the Messengerıs Language (i.e. Arabic) as the only language to understand Islam.

May Allıh's mercy be on Shaykh 'Umar Uzbak, a great Turkish man, who strove for Islam in Uzbakistan under the Russian government, after his long fight against the enemies of Islam with fire (iron) and tongue (speech), he took refuge in Afghanistan at Kabul, where the government honoured him. I met him there in 1352 A.H. (approx. 1932 CE) i.e. nearly 40 years ago, and he had vowed to Allıh that he will never speak to a relative or anybody else except in the Qurıınic and Messenger's (Arabic) language. His wife sent a man for me to intercede for her to him that he should speak with her and her children in the Turkish language even for an hour everyday. So when I spoke to him about it, he said: 'Russians had compelled us to learn perfectly the Russian language (by force), so we learnt it. And unless they knew that the learning of the Russian language will make the person who learns it, follow their ways of thinking, characters, and their traditions, they would not have forced anybody to learn it.' He further said to me, 'I have vowed to Allıh long ago not to speak except in the language of the Qurıın and Sunnah (i.e. Arabic) and I do that only for Allıh's sake. If my wife and children desire to enjoy speaking with me, they should learn the language of the Qurıın and of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) (i.e. Arabic) and I am ready to teach them the Qurıınic language whenever they desire thatı

[The Interpretation of the Meanings of the Noble Quran in the english language by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al- Hilali & Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan , page xxiv ( 1994 edition )]

The website of this great Scholar is

17-11-2008 @ 4:41 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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In our sitting this past Thursday with Shaykh Hasan Al-Banna (may
Allah preserve him). We discussed with him the importance of
studying the Arabic language. He informed us that, the brothers and
sisters residing in the west and coming to studying Arabic here in
Egypt or places similar to her. Should begin with the Qur'aan. He
said that this is the best book for learning the Arabic language.
All of the rules of grammer are found in the Qur'aan. One can also
increase in his/her vocabulary by constantly reading the Qur'aan.
He said, yes one should find a good center to study and learn
Arabic. But he said, do not neglect the Qur'aan. He said that one
should learn proper recitation of the Qur'aan, along with memorizing
it. One should never let a day go past and he/she hasnt read the
Qur'aan (in Arabic, if you are able). One should study from one
copy of the Qur'aan, so that he/she becomes familiar with it. One
should carry a copy of the Qur'aan with him/her at all times, and
constantly read from it.

He also informed, that if one has a class to learn Arabic at the
same time that he is having a class, he said attend the class to
learn Arabic. Allah knows best.

He said that how can one possibly learn and understand Islaam,
without understanding the Arabic language. He informed us to learn
Tawheed, so that we wont be lead astray. But true understanding of
it comes from learning it in the Arabic language.

May Allah bless and reward the shaykh for his tireless work in
trying to educate us and call us to that which is correct.

May Allah guide us all to understanding the Arabic language.

email from brother Abdur-Raqib Ibn Robinson on 13th Oct 2008 on the salafipost mailing list.

21-12-2008 @ 10:48 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Rulings relating to the arabic language

22-12-2008 @ 4:39 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Musa bint Muhammad (New York)
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Asalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh,

masha'Allah, great posts about the importance of learning and studying

i had a question though, is it still waajib to further Arabic studies
upon the one who knows what is required to make the Salaat and read the
and maybe they will argue that translations are sufficient to
help them understand the Quran and sunnah. ya'ni, would it thus be a sin if
further studies are not done for such an individual?

i ask because this is the condition of not only masses of Muslims, but
countries themselves and their imaams... the common folk go far enough to
just know a few surahs to pray (most don't have correct, let alone good,
tajweed), and they know how to read from the Quran (without any
understanding), and they refer to translations to understand the meanings.
same goes with ahaadeeth and the sunnah... Allahu musta'an.

can someone please bring statements from the ulama regarding the first
question i posed?

26-01-2009 @ 7:31 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Abu Habibah Raashid bin Ali mentioned in his comments on one of the videos on youtube:

I heard Dr. V Abdur-Raheem, the author of the Madinah Arabic Course that,

if a person studys 3 times a week for 1 hour (arabic) then at the end of the year he or she will speak arabic

20-03-2009 @ 5:46 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Statements of the Scholars on the importance of learing the Arabic language

20-03-2009 @ 6:06 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Wa 'alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh sister,

You can find your answer in what al-Allaamah Muhammad Taqiuddin al-Hilali has mentioned above. And the history of the Ummah and the sad state we are in today further bears witness to what the Shaykh rahimahullah said.

All good is in following the Salaf. The Salaf never differentiated between whether the action is "recommended" or "obligation". If it was good they rushed towards it. Taking out a few minutes every day or a few hours every week towards learning Arabic should not be hurdle for most of the Muslims - particularly for those who claim Salafiyyah. WAllaahu aalam.

13-06-2009 @ 12:39 AM    Notify Admin about this post
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Allaamah Muqbil rahimahullah on importance of learning Arabic (audio)

This part regarding Shaykh's advice to non-Arabs to learn Arabic comes at time 5:36.

25-12-2009 @ 4:13 AM    Notify Admin about this post
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Imaam ash-Shaafi'ee rahimahullah said,

"Two things have the people (i.e. the Muslim nation) left: The Arabic language and medicine."

(Adab Shar'jjah 2/484)

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