There are four aspects that wrap up the inimitability of the Qur’an:
1- The perfection of its authorship and the cohesion of its structure along with its ultimate eloquence and conciseness.
2- The elegance of its style; it is composed of a significantly different style than that of the leaders of eloquence among Arabs in both poetry and prose. Its style has blown up the minds of those leaders who couldn’t bring forth anything similar to it despite the well-conditioned circumstances to do so.
3- The rich reports it has about the previous nations and their respective legislations whose knowledge was only known by a very few people among the people of the Book.
4- Its rich content that foretells future events; some of them occurred during the Prophetic period and others after it.
Source: Fath al-Bary fee sharh Sahih al-Bukhari: (8/623)
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.
Questions like: How does language subconsciously impact our lives? How does language identify us? Why should we strive to forever pursue learning Arabic language? What is the outcome of learning it?
All of these questions are answered by sheikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah. Consider the following quote and you’ll discover that language shapes one’s life, the way one communicates, thinks, and reacts.
Shiekh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah said, “Know that constant exposure to the Arabic language provides a great and noticeable influence over one’s intellectual ability, religion, and character. It also establishes a connection between the individual and the early generations from companions and their successors. This connection amplifies one’s intellectual ability, religion and character.”
Source: Iqtidaa as-Sirat al-Mustaqeem (1/496
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.
2- The feature of derivation in Arabic language: the feature of derivation in Arabic language is a common and recurring one in the Arabic linguistic system more than any other derivative language. Derivation means: generating new words out of its linguistic origin and shaping them in phonic patterns; for instance, Ismu al-Fa’il (i.e. a word that describes the doer of an action). It has a consistent phonic pattern in Arabic language. Derivation is composed in several forms. One could generate almost ten different derivatives from a single verb.
The verb “‘Alima (know)”, for example, can produce words like: Mu’alim (teacher), Mu’alam (a marked object), Muta’alim (a learned person), ‘Alim (a scholar), Muta’alim (a person who falsely claims knowledge), ‘Alamah (a mark), M’aloomah (a piece of information) and so on.
Every single derivative possesses its own new meaning that is consistent with the other derivatives generated from the same origin; words like Mudaris (a male teacher), Mudarisah (a female teacher), and Dirasah (studying) are all generated from the same origin Darasa (study). This feature is an exclusive feature in Arabic language and is evidently absent in languages like English and French. This feature is extremely beneficial in the learning process since comprehending a meaning of a single word will aid the learner to roughly grasp the meaning of other words that share the same origin.
 – Translator’s note: Ismu al-Fa’il follows a pattern of (????). All the words under this pattern follow this format. For example: the verb (??? means read), is rendered to (???? which means ‘reader’) and so on for the rest of patterns in Arabic language. This resembles adding the suffix ‘er’ to the verb in English language to refer to the doer of the action like the word reader from read, player from play, and preacher from preach.
Source: ‘the excellence of Arabic language‘ by sheikh: Muhammad Sa’id Raslan: pages: 174-175.
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri
Among the exclusive features of the Arabic Language:
Enrichment of vocabs that relatively express interconnected meanings:
Arabic language is distinguished with the Enrichment of vocabs that express a particular object; in other words, it’s linguistically defined as ‘Synonymy‘. These vocabs were originally created by the various Arabian tribes. Evidently, after exploring the number of vocabs designated to describe the camel (i.e. the companion of the Arabian in desert) and whatever relates to it, the findings’ result revealed a number over 5644 words just for the camel.
Moreover, the number of letters that constitute an Arabic word is few whether this word is a verb, a noun or a preposition. The minimum of letters in a word is a single letter while the maximum is seven letters.
The linguistic outcome reaped from such Enrichment of vocabs in addition to the wide spectrum of figurative speech in Arabic language helped in empowering the person in expressing himself very efficiently in one aspect; and helped in entitling the Arabic language as the best expressive language from another aspect.
The lexicon of ‘Lisan al-‘Arab’ is composed of 80 thousand entries. Some scholars maintain that Arabic language is composed of 400 thousand entries.
Source: ‘the excellence of Arabic language‘ by sheikh: Muhammad Sa’eed Raslan: page: 170-171.
Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.
Please join us as Abu Muhammad al-Looweesi’aani host IA Magazine as special guest Abu Abdur Rahman Abdur Raqeeb reads from the introduction of “Learning Arabic Grammar For Beginners”
Gather friends and family to hear and understand that every language comes with its own belief system.
Having a day out waiting for the family to shop I was hanging out with our taxi driver Sa’eed, may Allah have mercy upon him. We were talking and he told me a story about a conversation between a Muslim Scholar and a Priest.
If you have been practising your Arabic maybe you can understand a few words. If not maybe you can get someone to help you. How many words do you understand?
Question: Why did the Priest say that Muslims are not going to Paradise? How did the Muslim scholar in the story turn all of the points made by the Priest around?
Indeed our brother Sa’eed may not be speaking the type of fluent Arabic that you are learning in books. Nevertheless his Arabic is how you buy your bread, speak to your doctor and take a cab to the right store with the help of Allah. We ask Allah for His mercy, forgiveness, guidance and His help.
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem wa salaatu was salaam ‘alaan nabiyyinaa Muhammad,
A brother, may Allah reward him, gave me this book long ago when I was living in Philly. It’s by one of the scholars in Yemen, may Allah preserve him and all our upright ‘Ulama.
Question: In this passage he highlights one of the major mistakes of the Jamaatu Tabligh. What is their mistake? Can you read and understand it? If not can you ask someone to read it to you? Barakallaahu feekum.
When I entered Islaam over 20 years ago I began with the Jamaatu Tabligh. They were the predominant group in Georgia at that time. After 2 years of being a Muslim some of their mistakes became apparent to me and Allah continued to guide me towards the sunnah. But the mistake I just posted above was never clear to me until I read it in this book, recently. Allah is truly God and truly The Most Merciful.
As Sheikh Rabee’a ibn Haadee, may Allah have mercy upon him and give him strength, said to us in his home some years back in Makkah, “How long will you allow others to translate your religion for you?” This is why learning Arabic makes ALL the difference!
I have included the beginning of the book in PDF. Very nice read for us beginners in Arabic.
I was traveling along the coast of south eastern Africa to do a tech project and hung out with a brother who’s an Arabic teacher as he took me around to see the area where the Muslims are. This is the masjid next to his home. I couldn’t believe the voice of the brother leading the prayer. Listen for yourself. If Allah allows it I will go back and get more! Make du’aa for the Muslims!>
as salaamu alaikum to all of our IA listeners!
I’m still traveling around south eastern Africa but wanted to send this to all of our brothers and sisters in the West. It’s time for Arabic y’all! That’s right, Arabic. Please don’t run! Listen. We can do this. Trust me, if your brother, Abu Muhammad, can learn a few words so can you.
I want to introduce you to a lecture done by our Sheikh Muhammad Sa’eed Rslan (may Allah preserve him and his family). For those of you who don’t know I have lived in the Sheikh’s village now almost two years and I’m not the same person by the mercy of Allah. As a husband, brother, father and a son I am not the same person. Am I a student of knowledge? Ummm, I say no. But, over time my hope is that my Lord will raise me and you.
Ok. So what’s next? Find a Muslim who knows Arabic you trust and have him translate this lecture to you, even if he translates it 5 minutes at a time. Along with that play it over and over and see how many words you do understand. Don’t mind what anyone says about you. Don’t let shaytaan give you doubt. Just remember that this is thikr of Allah, worship. Make your intentions for Allah and listen. Simple.
One time I was with Sheikh Rslan and he told me, “Abu Muhammad make this du’aa over and over…”, he then said the du’aa in Surah TaHa 20:25-28 which is called the du’aa of prophet Moosa (alaihi salaam). I did that by the leave of Allah. I made the du’aa especially in sujood. One day I was sitting in a class about a year later and I noticed that all of a sudden his speech became very, very clear. Then I realized that I was understanding him more than misunderstanding him. More words were sticking than not and all praise and thanks are due to Allah. My Arabic is tore up, but I talk now in Arabic more than ever and I can’t wait to walk up on someone, in my travels, who knows it so that I can learn even just one word. Those who know me in Egypt can tell you that I’m the worst at learning Arabic, but Allah is God and with Him all things are possible.
So here we go. Let’s crank this one up. This lecture is one of the most prized lectures in my entire IA library due to it’s content and I hope that you will agree. Please let your children listen to it.
To visit the Sheikh’s (may Allah preserve and accept him) website go to: http://www.rslan.com/
Thanks for all of your messages and I have more news and more lectures coming n’shaa Allah!