Ramadhan Reflections #2

Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an, so that you might understand.

TMQ: Surah Yusuf (12:2)

The blessed month of Ramadhan has begun and the believers will be exhausting much effort in their recitation, practise of tajweed and memorisation of the Qur’an. This is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, so it is befitting that we renew our commitment to reading it in this month, but more important is that we understand what Allah (‎ﷻ) has conveyed to us. How can this Ummah connect with its Deen and benefit from the guidance of Allah (‎ﷻ) if it does not understand Arabic?

Learn the Arabic (language) because it is from your Deen…

Umar bin Al-Khattab (ra)

Of all the languages, Allah (‎ﷻ) favoured the Arabic language for the Qur’an and He made this the language of Muhammad (‎ﷺ), the seal of the Prophets. To perceive the richness of Arabic, one only needs to be told that there are at least 80 words for honey, 200 for snake, 500 for lion, 1000 for camel and sword, and up to 4000 for expressing sadness!

Anyone who therefore wishes to understand the Qur’an and Islam must learn Arabic – translations of the meaning of the Qur’an is not a substitute. If the knowledge of Arabic were to be lost so will the ability to understand the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and with it the ability to extract the Shari’ah rulings of Islam.

Dear Muslims, the enemies of Allah (‎ﷻ) realise how central the Arabic language is in maintaining an enlightened awareness of Islam, so it is a focus of theirs to dilute and distort our understanding in the hope that the Muslims may never perceive the might and strength of Islam. The promotion of Arabic dialects in syllabus, media and state use is but one of their many plots.

We have been commanded by Allah (‎ﷻ) to contemplate, study and implement our Deen. How are we to do this without an understanding or mastery of the Arabic language. It is therefore imperative that those of the Ummah who know the pure Arabic language stand strong to guard it and use it to teach the less knowledgeable. And it is for those who don’t know Arabic to strive to learn it so that they may have a much better understanding of their Deen.

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