Ramadan 2023 Appeal
Why Should I Learn Arabic?
Channel: Abdul Wahab Saleem
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. sudarshana Rahim, Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil aalameen. Also, he was certainly more documented in Atomy.
I wanted to talk in this livestream about a topic that's been on my mind for quite some time. And what I mean by quite some time is,
well, almost 20 years, meaning
every single day and every single night, every morning, I wake up with this topic in my mind, and every single night I sleep with this topic next to me around me, or somewhere nearby me something, I might be thinking about something I might be humming. And that is the topic of the Arabic language. Okay, I've been consistently connected with this language for definitely well over 20 years now. And at least for the past 18 years, it's been a regular connection. And what I mean by that is, on a daily basis, either I'm reading something in Arabic, or writing something in Arabic, or writing poetry, reading poetry,
memorizing something, teaching something, or so on and so forth. So this is something that's always with me every single day. And it is one of my majors meaning the Arabic language. I did some graduate studies.
And post secondary studies, a lot of post secondary studies, all of my post secondary studies have been through Arabic medium. So definitely, this is something that I am regularly engaged in. And that is the Arabic language I'm in the past. The thing is, in the past,
we had children at a very young age, they would learn the Arabic language from day one. And what I mean by that is it would have these
top schools where children would go and they would learn the alphabet. And after they learned the alphabet, they would learn the grammar, syntax morphology, it would keep advancing and it memorize the Quran, also at young age, ages, as even Haldane has it. Some of the countries around the Muslim lands will do the Koran first, and others would do the Arabic language first as well. Right. So this was part and parcel of Muslim culture around the world.
But today is we are faced with many challenges around the Muslim world. And within the oma at large, we noticed that there isn't, there's a very strong attempt to disconnect the oma from the Arabic language, you know, there's a very strong attempt to disconnect the aroma of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, from the language which keeps it connected to its religion, right. And when I say it keeps it connected to the religion, this is exactly what our model so far below the Allahu taala. And who had also told us he said, dalla mala rabita in the Harmon Dini could learn the Arabic language for that is definitely from your religion. So learning the Arabic language is something
that is part and parcel of our religion, our faith. And what I mean by part and parcel of our faith is without this, you're not going to actually have the full experience, you're going to be a Muslim inshallah, you're going to be able to pray, inshallah, you're going to be able to do everything that inshallah will get you the agenda, but the absolute full experience to maximize your experience as a Muslim, to when you go for Salah watts to actually be able to understand what is being said, when the Imam is reciting, when you go for that, are we during Ramadan to actually have, you know, the maximum experience within that spiritual environment and atmosphere. In order for you to get all of
that you have to learn the the Arabic language. Now, this is just as a regular Muslim, I'm not talking about for liberation or for student knowledge. But first student of knowledge becomes even more important. It's actually the crux of his studies, it's the key that will enter him into all of the sciences out there, a mammoth shortly below him a lot. He once said that, that it's not appropriate for a person to look into the Luma shutter, the sciences of the shediac or for him to speak of the sciences except and until he knows two things or he has two different things. Now he mentioned those two things. One of those happens to be the Arabic Arabic language. He said so much.
So Heck, Daya coonara, begin Oh, can Harvey until he becomes an Arab or like an Arab and that's similar to what we what they speak of today, when they say that native language skills and next to native language skills. Okay, so you have a person who's a native speaker of the language born and bred into that language, and then you have a person who's acquired it to an extent that they happen to be a next native speaker. Now, immediately
When we say native and next to native on may say, Subhanallah, how is that even possible Arabic is so difficult this and that and the other. Now, firstly, Muslims have been doing it for centuries. You know, there are books by the hundreds written in the Arabic language, Chris clear, absolutely brilliant from the non Arab world, which Arabs within their region, they, when they read them, they're also shocked at the brilliance of these words and they happen to mean Arabic but from places which are non Arab places when you consider the lineage and when we consider the predominant language over the centuries within those regions as well. So, this has been taking place throughout
the centuries. And the second thing is, there is
there is a another important factor and that is that we experienced this today as well within the English language most of us happen to have
a lot of us happen to speak the English language. We weren't born with it, but we know the language we have
near native language skills. When we speak the English language. How do we get to that? Well, the same way you can get to that when it comes to the Arabic language as well in shallow data. So let's work hard to try to bring this
off of this culture within ourselves, our families, it's completely doable. I've done it with my children. We don't we don't speak
the Arabic language as a first language at home. Obviously, English is the language we speak. But hamdulillah I've managed to buy the leave of a lot of roses to teach my children the Arabic language, how? Well there are tools out there, we're living in a time where there happens to be amazing tools in order for us to acquire any language.
You know, very famous linguist of our times May Allah preserve him Dr. Five little hain, every single person who's ever learned the Arabic language as a second language knows about this individual, the Medina, the world famous Medina books, right.
There's a there's a video online of him speaking about his experience in acquiring the Arabic language wasn't born speaking that language. He was born in India, of course. So he explains all of the hardships that he had to go through in order for him to learn the language, he explained that he couldn't find material to read, he couldn't find material to, to listen to. So what he had to do was he would go to different embassies in India, and he would go to different, you know,
consulates, and so on and so forth, and try to collect material that was written in Arabic newspapers, old magazines, and so on, and so forth. So he could just manage to have something to read in Arabic today, if you want something to read in Arabic, it's all over the internet, you need to just type a couple of words, and you'll get it you want to hear some Arabic, it's all over the internet. You know,
I remember it 20 odd years ago, when I was trying to look for material. In order for me to improve my language, it was very difficult also, at that time to find material to be able to learn the Arabic language, you know, just defined a lecture in Arabic, you had to literally purchase them at that time. So you will go on, you know, wherever it is, somebody's basement there. They've got this. They've got these cassette recorders where they duplicate word cassettes from different true who picked those up and you pay them and you it was difficult. Now all you have to do is you need to go online, and you can get the Arabic language packaged in all sorts of different ways. I cannot
underscore the importance of the Arabic language for students of knowledge. One of the things and this is something I think I'm revealing for the first time in my life, what Allahu Allah.
Maybe I revealed at some time, in the past as well, I don't recall, but
what one of the unique experiences that I had in my life to have the light to holla was for about a decade, just under 10 years, I spent that much time working as someone who would do a review from a shadowy angle of material, okay, what does that mean?
written material, audio, video, so on and so forth. So I would review it from a shutter angle for me from an Islamic perspective to ensure that this happens to be correct and authentic and accurate and so on and so forth. So, because of that I, you know, read and heard, literally heard at least 1000s of hours of material, okay video, especially. And, and this happens to be video material of people who happen to be lecturers to art and so on and so forth. And through that I gained a little bit of experience, probably
unique in its in its own right.
In terms of what it is that happens to be a pitfall of
The modern day Dahlia to Islam. Okay. And I noticed that one of the main pitfalls, that is concurrent, and that happens to be across the board is the Arabic language, either because the person didn't understand the Hadees correctly or the ayah correctly, or he's not able to pronounce, it had either the IR or something of that nature. And that's, that's really sad that if this is the state that happens to be of the drought of the weather, of course, I'm not saying all of the drought, but I'm saying over the 1000s of hours I spent doing this, I definitely came across ample examples and I have them off the top of my head, I can give you some as well in that in that way.
And that's why the amount of shaffir Lee, he used to say that I'm never asked of any issue. I've never asked him any issue except that I answer that issue based on the principles Oh, I have a narrow of grammar, okay. So, a mama Shafi is not asked a question, except that he answers it with one of the principles of noun, okay. So, what does that mean? That means that normally it is the principles of natural that he needs to grammar and language in general, that he needs to employ to be able to deduce a ruling from from the from the book of Allah, that he will get on, and also from the pseudonym Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and that's just not just the name of Shafi
alone, also a famous linguist by the name of Allah Jeremy, okay. If anyone's heard of Chicago gentlemen, so this is Jeremy. He, he also said that, for almost 30 years of my life, for almost 30 years of my life, I have been consistently giving featherlight to people based on the book of CBOE. Okay, based on the book of Cebu. So
what does that mean? Kitab we'll see what we know Kitab Kitab of Cebu. aiza is a book that was known as a taboo. See the way it's a book he's written about four volumes long on
on grammar and Arabic, and so on and so forth. So he's saying for almost 30 years, I've been spending my life giving federal I based on this book, what he means by that is that he uses the rules that he's laid down the grammar rules, the morphological rules and other rules of such nature and he employs them in understanding the Quran and Sunnah. And accordingly, he gives.
He gives a factoid as well. Now it looks like someone's asking, Can you recommend some online courses etc. Look, I'm there are a lot of sources already. I'm not necessarily here to recommend specific course there are a lot of courses if there's someone listening here who has some access to different courses, you can start putting them in the comment section, as well as outline that will be played. My point here is that we need to start bringing a revival to this particular culture of the Arabic language within our lives within our children, as well. And their children or if you haven't been managed to do it for yourself as of yet, then you should do it for yourself. But as a
bare minimum, you can start for your children. There are online courses, you can hire online teachers to at least they can start. You can start by getting them to watch
television if they're going to be watching anyways in Arabic, okay, so they're going to be watching cartoons anyways. Okay. That's not the best way to spend that time. But if they're going to be watching cartoons anyways, then there's, you can always get them to watch Arabic cartoons. Okay. Can everybody still hear me? I heard a little bit of annoyance, not I don't know if my headphones have died.
I think I can still hear Hello, can you hear me?
Okay, so this is pretty much the message that I had for today ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant you the defeat, to practice and to convey and try to bring this culture back into the lives of Muslims around the world. I mean, right now, there is a almost a concerted effort to try to disconnect the Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to from this language, we see it around the world, I mean, countries which were predominantly Arab, now you speak to people that are growing up that are in their teens and their 20s and so on and so forth. They cannot speak Arabic properly, you see people who happen to be an Arabic Arabic lineage, they cannot write a single sentence accurately. You see
people who sometimes this is people who are educated, we're not talking about people who are uneducated, why because there is a great emphasis on the Arabic language on other language, sorry English language on Mandarin on all of the other language. These are also important languages that we do conduct business within these languages. But that also does not mean that we lose focus from the language which unites the MSL a lot, but I do sell them which happens to be the Arabic language there was a point in
Okay, this is not utopia, I'm telling you a reality, there was a point in time where you could go from one corner of the Muslim world to the other corner of the Muslim world and everybody would be able to at least communicate, let me correct myself, almost everybody would be able to at least communicate in the in one language, one united language. And that would be the Arabic language even people in villages would be able to at least, there are at least be some people who are educated enough to be able to communicate with the outside world within this one unifying language, and that is the Arabic language and it's not that hard of a language. It looks like a an endeavor, which is
very difficult. We've we've taught ourselves that that endeavor is that difficult. It really isn't. It just takes a year or two of dedication. And then after that, you're on your way. After that you continue to improve similar to the way some of you may have learned the English language, you may have spent a couple of years in school, you might have acquired it as a second language. You might have listened to television, watched movies or some other way to improve your
listening skills and to improve your speaking skills and so on and so forth. Well, the same thing you need to employ also for this language as well the Arabic language ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant you that Sophia to practice to convey just a short message for from your brother Abdul Hamza to take care of yourself. Take care of your children, take care of your progeny by connecting them to the language of the oma. The Arabic language was Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh