THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING ARABIC

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    In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
    THE LANGUAGE OF ISLAM:
    The Importance of Learning Arabic
    By Um Yaqoob

    For those of us who were not raised as Muslims, those of us who reverted to Islam by choice, the first words we uttered as Muslims--indeed, the words which marked our passage into our faith--were in Arabic: ashshaduan la illaha illa Allah, wa ashshaduana Muhammadan rasul Allah. We were required not only to properly utter this phrase, but to thoroughly understand it. We quickly learned other Arabic words and phrases such as assalaam alaikum, alhamdu lillah, in sha' Allah. Our prayer must be in Arabic and we must memorize Qur'an in Arabic, no matter what our native tongue. Many new Muslims as well as non-Arab Muslims can, in fact, communicate fairly well with Arabic speakers as a result of even minimal knowledge of Arabic. Yet non-Arab Muslims must learn Arabic for reasons other than simple communication and rote memorization.
    Allah (swt) chose Arabic to be the language of the Qur'an--His final Message to humankind: "Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye may understand." (Yusuf, 2); "Thus have We revealed it, a decisive utterance in Arabic..." (Ar-Ra'ad, 37); "A Scripture whereof the verses are expounded, a Lecture in Arabic for people who have knowledge." (Fusilat, 3). Arabic is a language of words with precise, unquestionable meanings as well multiple nuances. Indeed, it is a language which can, in only a few words, address a very specific topic (e.g., who a man can marry) as well as convey diverse meanings (e.g., as-Samad, one of the names of Allah, cannot be translated into just one word; it can mean the Absolute, the eternally Besought of all, etc.) Classical Arabic has consistent, predictable rules of grammar, pronunciation, and spelling, making it actually a fairly easy language to learn. It is a poetic language, pleasant to the ear. The mere sound of the Qur'an being read in Arabic has been able to move even non-Muslims to tears! Subhan Allah, what a beautiful medium Allah (swt) chose to guide us, teach us, and comfort us!
    Obviously, we cannot comprehend the Qur'an correctly--we cannot recite it beautifully, we cannot understand it when we hear it and, ultimately, we cannot act on it unless we learn the language in which it was revealed and consider Arabic to be the most important language to master. A translation, even an excellent one with extensive commentary, cannot replace the original text revealed and preserved by Allah Himself; any translation must contain human error or points for disagreement, but the Qur'an in Arabic has no such flaws. The perfect memorization of the Qur'an in Arabic by Muslims is, indeed, how the ummah takes part in preserving the Qur'an. More than this, recitation of the Qur'an earns incredible rewards, as the following ahadith indicate:
    When somebody recites one letter from the Holy Qur'an he will get one good deed in recompense and this one recompense will be equal to ten good deeds. I do not say that Alif Lam Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter, and Meem is a letter. (Tirmidhi)
    A reader of the Holy Qur'an will be called upon on the Day of Judgement: "Start reading the Holy Qur'an and ascend the (high) stages of the Heaven, and recite slowly as you had been reading in the world, as thy abode will be where the last verse of thy recitation will end.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi)
    Study the Qur'an (regularly) for it will act as an intercessor and entreat for its readers on the Day of Judgement. (Muslim)
    Secondly, because our prayer--the most important part of our worship--must be in Arabic, we must make a strong effort to learn and understand what we are saying. If we just utter words that mean nothing to us, the prayer becomes empty ritual. However, if we understand and believe what we say, what our Prophet (saws) taught us to say, our prayer becomes a rescue, a comfort, a complete act of worship for which Allah promises to reward us generously.
    Thirdly, once we learn Arabic, our access to information about Islam multiplies. Although a large number of excellent books and translations of Arabic works are available in non-Arabic languages, a plethora of essential volumes and publications exist in Arabic only. If we are able to read these materials, our knowledge about our religion will increase and, in sha' Allah, our iman as well.
    Finally, many non-Arab Muslims live in communities with a large number of Arabic speakers, they live in or plan to migrate to Arab Muslim countries, and/or they plan to make hajj. For such people, the Arabic language can be a strong unifying force; in fact, cultural anthropologists consider language to be the strongest factor binding people into a nation. Anywhere a Muslim travels, for instance--whether China, Jordan, Pakistan, or America--the phrase "assalaam alaikum" and its response, "wa alaikum assalaam" are universal, constant, consistent among Muslims. Not only is it a way of identifying other Muslims, it is a way of bonding them much in the same way as the code of a particular club marks and joins its members. Few realize that even this simple phrase has unified Muslims throughout the world for over fourteen centuries through a common language: Arabic.
    At the same time, if the ummah does not have a common tongue--if we can only speak English, Turkish, or Japanese--we can easily be divided and conquered. Our differences become magnified if we cannot understand each other. The more Muslims we can reach through a common language, the firmer our brotherhood/sisterhood becomes.
    The most crucial step in learning Arabic is to listen to, recite, memorize, and understand the Qur'an in Arabic. Even if we follow a tape while reading the English (or German or French, etc.) translation we can pick up a few words each time. At the same time, it is usually not difficult to find Arabic-speaking sisters who are willing to teach Qur'an (free of charge, of course) and/or Arabic in exchange for English lessons or babysitting or other services. We must seek out these sisters and brothers, however, and fully devote ourselves to our study. If no Arabic speakers are available, which can indeed be the case if a Muslim lives apart from a large Arab Muslim community, a number of books and tapes exist which can at least get a person started.
    Although learning any new language can be difficult and frustrating, the mastery of even the basics of Arabic is not without its rewards from Allah (swt). In fact, 'Aisha reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "A person who recites the Qur'an, and reads it fluently, will be in the company of the obedient and noble angels, and he who reads the Qur'an haltingly and with difficulty will have a double recompense." (Bukhari and Muslim). Most importantly, we must remember to ask Allah alone for help in this and all matters. As our Prophet (saws) taught us, we must supplicate thus:
    O Allah! Be Thou gracious unto me by enabling me to eschew sins altogether, as long as Thou sufferest me to live; and have mercy on me lest I concern myself with aught which is of no consequence to me. And vouchsafe me the aesthetic sight, which will cause Thee to be well pleased with me.
    O Allah! Originator of the heavens and the earth, Lord of Majesty and Glory and of Might incomprehensible! I beseech Thee, O Allah, O Beneficent Lord, in the name of Thy Majesty and of the Light of Thy Countenance to cause mine heart to retain Thy scripture even as Thou has taught (it unto me). And grant that I may recite it in such manner as will cause Thee to be well pleased with me.
    O Allah! Originator of the heavens and the earth, Lord of Majesty and Bounty, and of Might incomprehensible! I beseech Thee, O Allah, O Beneficent Lord, in the name of Thy Majesty and of the Light of Thy Countenance to illuminate my sight with Thy scripture, to set free my tongue therewith, to comfort my heart therewith, to widen my bosom therewith, and to wash my body therewith. For, indeed, none aideth me in (attaining) the truth besides Thee. And none giveth it unto me beside Thee. There is no strength nor power save in Allah, the Exalted, the Magnificent. (Tirmidhi)
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    very interesting site indeed

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    :salam2: bros n sisters
    after watching the video posted by basicofislam a few days ago i went to the site www.understandquran.com n :ma: :ma: :ma: they teaches u how to read n understandquran word and translation wordforword on all sort of media like audio,video,,pps.pdf even for mobilephone ur choice for the picking.Its a very innovative way of studying the quran n arabic too cos they throw in arabic lesson n some grammar,,:Inshallah: for those who r keen to learn to read n understand the quran n speak arabic this is the site for it.Once u learn them at least now u cud go for the one on one tajweed class with confidence :inshallah:
    :wasalam: :hijabi:
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    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    الحمد لله وحده والصلاة والسلام على نبي محمد وعلى آله و صحبه اجمعين أما بعد
    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    jazakakiallah kheiran
    I totaly agree the Quran is arabic
    the language of our Prophet صلى ا للّه عليه و سلم is arabic
    and the language of the paradise is arabic
    Do you know how many words comes from arabic origin ?
    alcohol , admiral,adobe,albatross,alchemy,algebra,algorithm,almanac,aniline,
    arsenal,artichoke,azimuth,azure wooooooo and this just a litle litle example
    and moreover there are in the arabic alphabet letters that you can't find
    anothers languages, that said!! is the riches languages at all
    May Allah give you a lot of hassanat , baraka and rahmah for your ecxellent
    post.
    ma salama
    في ا مان ا لله
    omm mohammad
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    Muslim contribution to the world.

    بسم الله و الحمد لله و الصلاة على محمد رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم تسليماً كثيراً

    نسأل الله سبحانه و تعالى أن يجعل عملنا هذا خالصاً لوجهه الكريم
    as salam aleikum wa rahmatuallah wa barakatu
    Peace be upon you

    Made by Muslims


    These few lignes aims to uncover the lost history of Muslim science and invention
    A cup of coffee, windmills, carpets, soap and the fountain pen, what do they all have in common? Apparently they were all invented by Muslims.

    Muslims have invented everything from surgical instruments to the camera. One inventor featured is Ibn Hazm, an Arab astronomer had the credits with discovering that the world was round 500 years before Galileo made his discovery.

    The extent to which Muslims have contributed to Western civilisation is not generally well known. Yet these ancient scholars from the Islamic world gave us many of the everyday things we use such as coffee, soap and clocks.The scientific contributions made by ancient scholars on which much of Western civilisation and the world now rely.

    Muslims have always shared the heritage that provides a platform for developments that makes the Western world tick."In the West, the Dark Ages are usually seen as an interlude between two great flowering civilisations, in which little advancement of knowledge took place.

    However, in this period Islamic scholars across southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Persia and Central Asia were busy preserving and building on the knowledge of the ancient world.


    Records show that the coffee bean was first used to make a drink when the bean was exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake at night to pray on special occasions.
    Much of the Islamic world began to regard coffee as an aid for devotion, allowing dervishes to stay awake for long hours dedicating their nights to divine remembrance.

    By the late 15th century it had arrived in Makka, Saudi Arabia, then Turkey, and later arrived in Venice in 1645.


    THE credits of the invention of the first pin-hole camera goes to Ibn al-Haitham, a 10th-century Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist
    It also says that Islam's requirement for cleanliness and purity encouraged Arabs to develop the ancient Egyptians' use of soap, and create the recipe combining vegetable oils with sodium hydroxide that we still use today.

    A 10th-century Muslim surgeon, known only as al-Zahrawi, is said to have designed surgical instruments, which are still in use.

    And Ibn Nafis, a 13th-century Muslim medic, is said to have described the circulation of the blood 300 years before William Harvey discovered it.

    Muslims doctors are also credited with inventing anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developing hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used.

    The windmill, often associated with the Dutch, is said to have been invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation.


    El Gomati, a lecturer in physics and electronics at the University of York in England, said: "There is definitely an element of ignorance in the West towards the Arab Muslim world. Open any school book in Britain and you will find little, if any, mention of what Muslims have achieved historically, in every field algebra ,astronomy...chemistry , physics

    If was not for the muslim you will not be able to make adition
    Can you image to make adition with the latin numers ? LXCIII + IIIXL ?????
    Do you Know that the surgical instruments that the west is using today they were invented by muslims ?
    And to have a little idea how the west was in darknes here the summary of
    Harun al Rachid
    Hārūn gave great encouragement to learning, poetry and music. He was a scholar and poet himself and whenever he heard of learned men in his own kingdom, or in neighboring countries, he invited them to his court and treated them with respect. The name of Hārūn, therefore, became known throughout the world. He had diplomatic relations with China and with Charlemagne.

    in 802 Harun sent to Charlemagne a present consisting of silks, brass candelabra, perfume, slaves, balsam, ivory chessmen, a colossal tent with many-colored curtains, an elephant named Abul-Abbas, and a water clock that marked the hours by dropping bronze balls into a bowl, as mechanical knights — one for each hour — emerged from little doors which shut behind them. The presents were unprecedented in Western Europe and Charlemagne thaught they were jinns inside the clock

    ma salama
    في ا مان ا لله = fi amaneallah

    ا م محمد = omm Mohammad

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