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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[1]. 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.

[1] – 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

A Day With A Muslim Taxi Driver

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.

Virtues Of “Laa ilaaha illallaah”

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.

Virtues of “Laa ilaaha illallaah”

A Tremendous Du’aa!

Today we had our brother Abdullah Jamaal ‘Abbaas, one of the students of Sheikh Muhammad Sa’eed Rslan (may Allah preserve him and his family), come into the studio today to read this du’aa.  Please listen to it and try to repeat it as best you can.

Download the text here.

Memorize it!  You can do it n’shaa Allah.

May Allah bless and accept you.