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إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
"Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an that you might understand." [Surah yusuf]
For Muslims, the most honourable book (Qur’an) was revealed to the most honourable Prophet and Messenger (Mohammed ﷺ). It was delivered by the most honourable Angel (Jibril) in the most honourable land on earth (Makkah). Its revelation began in the most honourable month of the year (Ramadan). It was also revealed in the most honourable of languages (Arabic). Therefore, the Qur’an is perfect in every respect, and knowledge of Arabic is indispensable.
خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ
"The best amongst you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it" [bukhari]
To be amongst the best of people, we are encouraged to learn the Qur’an and teach it. This doesn’t just mean the recitation of the book (Tajweed), or the memorisation of it (Hifdh) but also to learn the meaning and understanding of it (Fahm). The Arabic Language is the vehicle through which we understand the Qur’an, therefore, it is very difficult to have a deep connection with the Qur’an, our manual of guidance for life, without Arabic.
There are many sciences to be studied for the acquisition of the Arabic language and we indebted to our earlier scholars who preserved them for us to embark on a journey to understand the Qur’an, Prophetic traditions and the vast plethora of Islamic literature.