Arabic words that begin with “Meem” م

Ever notice words that begin with a م? Here is a general beginner rule to understand how the vowel marker on the م can change the meaning of a word.  1. If the م has a kasra (مِ) on it, then it will *generally* refer to a tool in which the meaning of the following … Continue reading Arabic words that begin with “Meem” م

Why is Bismillah written without an Alif? باسم الله

Anytime we look at the beginning of a chapter in the Quran (except for one), we find the statement بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم written. Ponder over the word بسم الله - notice how the alif is dropped? The origin is باسم الله.  However, when we look to Allah's statement, اقرأ باسم ربك الذي خلق  The … Continue reading Why is Bismillah written without an Alif? باسم الله

Becoming Proficient in Arabic leads to Proficiency in Islamic Sciences

Becoming Proficient In The Arabic Language Is A Means Of Attaining Deep Understanding Of All Islamic Sciences Imam Ash-Shaafi'ee (رحمه الله) is reported as saying:  من تبحر في النحو اهتدى إلى كل العلوم ''Whoever learns Arabic grammar throughly, is guided to all Islamic sciences.'' (al-Kaafi fi sharh al-Ajrumiyyah) Note: the word tabah-hara تبحر means to … Continue reading Becoming Proficient in Arabic leads to Proficiency in Islamic Sciences

What’s the difference between the letters ح ح and ح?

What's the difference between the letters ح ح and ح? At first glance, you would think they are the same letters. But in the old days, one could represent ج, the other ح and the last as خ. In those days, Arabic dots were not always written on letters. Due to their mastery of the … Continue reading What’s the difference between the letters ح ح and ح?

Stoppage symbols (Waqf) in the Mushaf

Q: In the Noble Quran, there are specific letters - like Jeem ج, Taa ط, and others - that are put on some verses or places to indicate a mandatory stop in recitation. Who put these letters of stoppage and is it required to adhere to them? Knowing that we hear some of the Imaams … Continue reading Stoppage symbols (Waqf) in the Mushaf

How I Learned Arabic in America

In the Name of Allah, Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim, This article was written on August 3, 2016 by Abu Awzaa'ee Abdus-Salaam This summer, I was asked a question by an old friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. He wrote via WhatsApp, "...may Allaah increase you and us in beneficial knowledge and implementation of that … Continue reading How I Learned Arabic in America

Not learning correct grammar could lead to disbelief

al-Asma'ee said, تعلموا النحو فان بني اسرائيل كفروا بكلمة واحدة كانت مشددة فخففوها قال الله: يا عيسى اني ولدتك. فقرءوا: يا عيسى اني ولدتك. مخففا فكفروا "Learn grammar for surely Bani Israa'eel disbelieved due to one word that [originally] contained a shaddah but then they removed it. Allah said, 'O 'Esaa indeed I brought you into … Continue reading Not learning correct grammar could lead to disbelief

The Companions disciplined their children for mistakes in Arabic

Abu Ishaaq al-Talhee said, أن علي بن طالب كان يضرب الحسن و الحسين على اللحن "'Ali bin Abi Taalib would discipline Hasan and Husayn for mistakes in grammar." Source: al-Jaami' (2/28) by Khateeb al-Baghdaadi 'Amr bin Dinaar said, أن ابن عمر و ابن عباس كانا يضربان أوالادهما على اللحن "Ibn 'Umar and Ibn 'Abbas would … Continue reading The Companions disciplined their children for mistakes in Arabic

Mistakes in grammar can land you in the Hellfire

Ibn Salaah collects a chain of narration that al-Asma'ee said, ان أخوف ما أخاف على طالب العلم اذا لم يعرف النحو أن يدخل في جملة قول النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم : من كذب علي متعمدا فليتبوأ مقعده من النار لانه لم يكن يلحن فمهما رويت عنه حديثا و لحنت فيه كذبت عليه "Indeed … Continue reading Mistakes in grammar can land you in the Hellfire