The Importance of Arabic

2 Mar

The Key to Understanding the Qur’aan

All praise is for Allah. We praise Him, seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the evils of our actions. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.

We all feel touched when we open up a good interpretation of the meaning of the Qur‟aan and we ponder and wonder at the beauty of the words and the deep meanings within. In reality though, we are just seeing a glimpse of the real treasure that the Qur’aan is.

Imagine how you’d feel if you could understand the words of Allah in the form in which they were sent down and not just rely on a interpretation of the meaning in English. Imagine the power of the words and the directness of the message then! The potency would be outstanding!

The Qur’aan is the word of Allah, a direct message from Allah to His creation and Allah chose the Arabic language as the language of this message. Indeed Allah tells us this in the Qur’aan emphasizing to us that to understand the message in its fuller form one must understand the language:

إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ قُرۡءَٲنًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ

“Indeed we have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’aan, in order that you may understand”.

(Surah Yusuf, Aayah 2)

Arabic and the message of the Qur’aan cannot be separated and translators throughout the ages have tried to convey to the non-Arabic speaking people the beauty of the meaning of the Qur’aan but have always called it “The translation of the meaning of the Qur’aan”, emphasizing the fact that the Qur’aan’s direct translation is not possible, because so much of the potency and splendor of the words and their meanings which are inextricably linked to the Arabic language are lost in English or any other language. Indeed to even appreciate the poetic beauty of the Qur’aan one needs to have an understanding of Arabic.

Preface from book “Step by Step”


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