Guidance to Learn Arabic

Shaykhul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said in Iqtidaa’us-Siraatil-Mustaqeem (2/207):

“As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islaam and the language of the Qur’aan, so that this becomes a habit in the land, with one’s family and household members, with one’s friends, in the marketplace, when addressing government representatives or authority figures, or when speaking to people of knowledge, undoubtedly this is makrooh (disliked), because it involves being like the non-Arabs, which is makrooh, as stated previously.

Hence, when the early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where the people spoke Byzantine Greek, and in ‘Iraaq and Khurasaan, where the people spoke Persian, and North Africa (al-Maghrib) where the people spoke Berber, they taught the people of those countries to speak Arabic, so that Arabic became the prevalent language in those lands, and all the people, Muslim and kaafir alike, spoke Arabic. Such was also the case in Khurasaan in the past, then they became lax with regard to the language and got used to speaking Farsee until it became prevalent and Arabic was forgotten by most of them. Undoubtedly this is disliked.

The best way is to become accustomed to speaking Arabic so that the young people will learn it in their homes and schools, so that the symbol of Islaam and its people will prevail. This will make it easier for the people of Islaam to understand the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and the words of the Salaf, unlike a person who gets used to speaking one language, then wants to learn another, and finds it difficult.

Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one’s thinking, behaviour and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Companions and the Taabi’een. Being like them improves one’s thinking, religious commitment and behaviour.

Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islaam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and they cannot be understoodwithout knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfill the duty is also obligatory.There are things which are obligatory on all individuals (fard ‘ayn), and others which are obligatory on the community or Ummah (fard kifaayah, i.e., if some people fulfill them the rest are relieved of the obligation).

This is the meaning of the report narrated by Aboo Bakr Ibn Abee Shaybah who said: ‘Eesa Ibn Yoonus told us from Thawr from ‘Umar Ibn Yazeed that ’Umar wrote to Abu Moosa al-Ash’aree (radiallaahu ‘anhu) and said:

“Learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’aan in Arabic for it is Arabic.”

According to another hadeeth narrated from ‘Umar (radiallaahu ‘anhu), he said:

“Learn Arabic for it is part of your Religion, and learn how the estate of the deceased should be divided (faraa’id) for these are part of your Religion.”

This command of ‘Umar, to learn Arabic and the Sharee’ah combines the things that are needed, for Religion involves understanding words and actions. Understanding Arabic is the way to understand the words of Islaam, and understanding the Sunnah is the way to understand the actions of Islaam…”

He also said:

“The Arabic tongue is the symbol of Islaam and its people, and languages are of the most significant signs by which nations are distinguished.”

[Iqtidaa’us-Siraatil-Mustaqeem (p. 340)]

Shaykh al-Albaanee said:

“There is no way to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger except through the path of the Arabic language.”

[Hayaatul ‘Alaamah al-Albaanee bi-Qalamihee (p. 5)]

Shu’bah (Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Learn Arabic, for it increases the intelligence.”

[Tahdheeb al-Tahdheeb (vol. 4 p. 303)]

Mastering Madeenah Arabic (In shaa Allaah)

Use the below resources for studying and mastering the Books 1, 2 and 3 of “Lessons in Arabic Language” [as taught at the Islaamic University of Madeenah] written by Shaykh Dr. V. ‘Abdur-Raheem

The Arabic Course for English-Speaking students is a comprehensive and popular course for the teaching of the Qur’aanic and Traditional Arabic, originally devised and taught at the renowned Madeenah Islaamic University, catering for the non-Arabic speaking students from all over the world. Over the years, this course has enabled students to become competent in their use of the Arabic language and to participate and benefit from scholarly pursuits, such as Qur’aanic exegesis, hadeeth, fiqh, seerah, history, and classical and modern Arabic literature.

  • It is concise (consisting of only three books, reasonably short) but extensive in their coverage.
  • It combines modern Arabic vocabulary with Islaamic terminology used in the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
  • It helps acquire an understanding of hundreds of Qur’aanic verses, ahaadeeth, Arabic parables and poetry.

Madeenah Arabic (Book One)

Madeenah Arabic (Book Two)

Madeenah Arabic (Book Three)

Madeenah Side Books

These books are not the three Madeenah books that everyone knows about; rather they are the books that are used alongside the Madeenah books that are used in the Madeenah University; these books offer a wide variety of topics, like phrase usage of verbs and terms, fiqh, dictation, hadeeth, reading in which the three Madeenah Books by themselves do not cover.

Download here the Zip of all the Madeenah Arabic Course Side Books


Other Beneficial Sources

Shaykh Dr. V. ‘Abdur-Raheem’s Blog

Institute of the Language of the Qur’aan – Learning Arabic

Learn Arabic: Arabic For Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Level

Golden Arabic Pieces: Online Arabic Courses for Women and Children

Arabic Language Video Training Series

Alternate Channel for Madeenah Arabic Book Course

Arabic Grammar [PDF]

LQ Mississauga

Please note: Additional resources and material are always welcomed. This list is far from comprehensive or complete.

Barakallaahu feekum. May Allaah make learning and matters of the Religion easy for us. Ameen.


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