There’s no purpose in seeking hadith without knowledge of Arabic

Khateeb al-Baghdaadi collects a narration that Shu'bah said, من طلب الحديث فلم يبصر العربية فمثله مثل رجل عليه برنس و ليس له رأس "Whoever seeks hadith and does not have insight of the Arabic [language] then his example is like a man who has a hooded thobe without a head [meaning the thobe serves no … Continue reading There’s no purpose in seeking hadith without knowledge of Arabic

Arabic has an effect on one’s thinking, behavior and religious commitment

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah 728AH [May Allah have mercy on him] said, "Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one's thinking, behavior and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Companions, and the Tabi'een [those … Continue reading Arabic has an effect on one’s thinking, behavior and religious commitment

Speaking in any language other than Arabic is disliked [makruh]

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, "As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islam and the language of the Qur'an, so that this becomes a habit in the land, with one's family and household members, … Continue reading Speaking in any language other than Arabic is disliked [makruh]

Learn Arabic – it is from your religion!

'Umar bin al-Khattab [May Allah be pleased with him] said, تعلموا العربية فانها من دينكم و تعلموا الفرائد فانها من دينكم "Learn the Arabic language for surely it is from your religion, and learn inheritance for surely it is from your religion." Source: Sharh Iqtidaa as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem pg.345 [Official print from the Mu’assasah ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih … Continue reading Learn Arabic – it is from your religion!

Indeed, the Qur’an is in Arabic!

'Umar bin al-Khattab wrote to Abu Musaa [May Allah be pleased with them both] and said, أما بعد, فتفقهوا في السنة و تفقهوا في العربية و أعربوا القران فانه عربي "To proceed, learn the Sunnah, learn Arabic, and learn the Qur'an in Arabic for surely it is Arabic." Source: Sharh Iqtidaa as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem pg.345 [Official print from … Continue reading Indeed, the Qur’an is in Arabic!

Arabic is the chosen language by Allah

Abu ʿAbdillah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’ee 204 AH [May Allah have mercy on him] said, أن اللسان الذي اختاره الله لسان العرب فأنزل به كتابه العزيز, و جعله لسان خاتم أنبيائه محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم و لهذا نقول: ينبغي لكل أحد يقدر على تعلم العربية: أن يتعلمها, لأنه اللسان الأولى بأن يكون مرغوبا … Continue reading Arabic is the chosen language by Allah

The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic in order that you may understand

Allah said, إِنَّآ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ قُرۡءَٲنًا عَرَبِيًّ۬ا لَّعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ "Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an in order that you may understand." (Surah Yusuf: 2) Ibn Kathir 774AH [May Allah have mercy on him] said in his Tafsir of this verse: وذلك لأن لغة العرب أفصح اللغات وأبينها وأوسعها ، وأكثرها تأدية للمعاني … Continue reading The Qur’an was revealed in Arabic in order that you may understand

Arabic is the symbol of Islaam

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, اللسان العربي شعار الاسلام و أهله, و اللغات من أعظم شعائر الأمم التي بها يتميزون “The Arabic tongue is the symbol of Islaam and its people, and languages are of the most significant signs by which nations are distinguished.” Source: Sharh Iqtidaa as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem pg.340 [Official print … Continue reading Arabic is the symbol of Islaam