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On our LQM website, we provide pdf copies of Madinah Books and related useful resources to help students in their quest of learning the Qur’anic Arabic language. The most popular resources are the Madinah Books’ Notes, Annotated Solutions for the Three Madinah Books, Practice Sheets, etc.
Every language has its significance, but Arabic has a particular significance for Muslims around the world, because the Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic Language. As such, the Arabic language is tied to the Qur’an, and the Qur’an is the foundation for the study of the Arabic language. Many early scholars stressed the importance of learning Arabic as obligatory in terms of understanding religion through the learning of the Qur’an.
There is no doubt that a lot can be learned by studying a translation in a native language, but without knowing the Arabic language, there will always be a reliance on the translation, and without confirmation of what has been recited or learned.
“To understand the true meaning of the Qur’an in its original classical Arabic and to appreciate the beauty and logical structure of this language, it is a must that we learn the language of the Qur’an.”
Qur’an was revealed for the whole mankind to be read, pondered over, and applied to in our daily lives. While Qur’an is read/recited around the clock and around the world by millions of people, the lack of knowledge of the Qur’anic Arabic by many is preventing people in understanding its content and hence applying the message of the Qur’an in our daily lives. It is stated in the Qur’an:
“Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.” (Quran, 12:2)
How to understand the Qur’an? We can either read translations by one of the many scholars or learn Qur’anic Arabic and understand the Qur’an ourselves without relying upon the translations.
What’s the difference? The translations vary between scholars and while the translations do provide the general meaning, they miss the true emphasis/intricacies of the meaning of certain words and phrase of the Qur’an – hence it is one the most important reasons to learn the Qur’anic Arabic language.
Qur’an is the most sacred book of Muslims. It is the source of knowledge for all aspects of our life including detailed information on science, and guidelines to create a just society and economic system. Hence, it is a true ‘instructional manual’ for all mankind which is meant to be read, pondered over, and applied to in our daily lives.
To understand the Qur’an, one needs to know the language it was revealed in.
Let’s answer this question, by asking some questions.
1. When was the last time we read a book, other than the Qur’an, in a language which we did not understand?
2. What is the primary purpose of the Qur’an? Guidance by understanding it or gaining reward by reciting it?
3. When Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in the Qur’an that it is the Guidance for the whole mankind, would He have revealed it in a language not understandable by the overwhelming majority of mankind?
4. Since a translation is an interpretation of the Holy Qur’an by a human, can it be considered the same as the Qur’an? Also which translation will we use during the prayers, praying by ourselves or behind an imam?
5. How can we connect with the Qur’an without understanding the language it was revealed in?
So, there can be many such questions, but if one ponders over these questions, it will become apparent that as believers it is incumbent upon us to understand and follow the Guidance that our Creator has given us in the Qur’an. And the best way to gain and improve this understanding is to learn the language that the Qur’an was revealed in.