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Can Arabic be learned by studying the Qur’an only?

Can Arabic be learned by studying the Qur’an only
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Studying the Qur’an can certainly help in learning Arabic, but it may not be sufficient to achieve fluency in the language. The Qur’an is written in classical Arabic, which has some differences from modern standard Arabic spoken today. While classical Arabic is still used in religious and literary contexts, modern standard Arabic is the form commonly used in everyday communication, media, and literature.

To become proficient in Arabic, it is recommended to study a comprehensive Arabic language curriculum that covers grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of the language and enable you to communicate effectively in various contexts.

What is the Arabic language?

The Arabic language is the language of the Holy Qur’an, and it is an eternal language until the Day of Judgment. itself; Because God Almighty has undertaken to preserve the Holy Qur’an, which will result in Him preserving the Arabic language until the Day of Resurrection. 

As God Almighty said in His Mighty Book in Surat Al-Hijr, verse 9: {Indeed, it is We who sent down the message [i.e., the Qur’ān], and indeed, We will be its guardian.}

The revelation of the Holy Qur’an in the Arabic language had the greatest impact in consolidating this language and strengthening it. Her authority over the tongues

and the refinement and breadth of its expressive purposes and the arts of speech.

It is known that the Arabic language is one of the languages spread throughout the world. People learn and teach the Arabic language, starting from the traditional education system until the current e-learning system.

It is noted that Arabic language programs for non-Arabic speakers have flourished, and have people who want to learn it, which has led to the emergence of broad and organized activity in all corners of the educational process, including curricula, teachers, and students.

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The relationship of memorizing the Holy Qur’an to understanding the Arabic language

No one denies the relationship of the Arabic language to the Holy Qur’an, because God revealed the Qur’an in the Arabic language. God Almighty said: {Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’ān that you might understand} (Yūsuf) Verse 2.

As a result of the different grammatical aspects of the words and verses, the Qur’anic influences the difference between the form of meanings, and this requires accuracy of understanding and perception, along with the ability to know grammar, its rules, and its evidence to memorize There is no correct and accurate interpretation.

The reasons for the weakness of the ability of most students to communicate effectively in the Arabic language are the result of a lack of verbal wealth and a loss of mastery. This is the sound that can link the basic background of the language they possess and the conditions of the Arabic language. We can consider this background as the Qur’anic culture Because it has become a unified source for Arabs and others.

Teaching the Arabic language needs to link it to the Book of God, as it takes the methodology of the Qur’an and the methods using it in expression to employ it in teaching the Arabic language and its skills. Therefore, the need to use An educational book for Arabic derived from the Qur’an and its living examples, which provides the learner with a superior ability to master the language. Arabic with rich meanings of Quranic verses.

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The virtue of the Arabic language in the Holy Quran

The virtue of the Arabic language in the Holy Quran
The virtue of the Arabic language in the Holy Quran

When we consider the attention of the Holy Qur’an to the Arabic language, we find several verses that state that the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic, and it is an honor for this language, for it to be the language that God – the Almighty – chose to address worship, as the Qur’an was described as being Arabic in six verses, which are the Almighty’s saying:

1- {Alif, Lām, Rā. These are the verses of the clear Book. 1 Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’ān that you might understand.} Yūsuf 1-2.

2- {And thus We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’ān and have diversified therein the warnings that perhaps they will avoid [sin] or it would cause them remembrance.}Tā-ha 113

3- {And We have certainly presented to the people in this Qur’ān from every [kind of] example – that they might remember. 27 [It is] an Arabic Qur’ān, without any deviance that they might become righteous.} Az-Zumar 27-28

4- {Ḥā, Meem. 1 [This is] a revelation from the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 2 A Book whose verses have been detailed, an Arabic Qur’ān for people who know.} Fussilat 1-3.

5- {Ḥā, Meem. 1 By the clear Book, 2 Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur’ān that you might understand. 3 And indeed it is, in the Mother of the Book with Us, exalted and full of wisdom.} Az-Zukhruf 1-4

6- {And thus We have revealed to you an Arabic Qur’ān that you may warn the Mother of Cities [i.e., Makkah] and those around it and warn of the Day of Assembly, about which there is no doubt. A party will be in Paradise and a party in the Blaze.} Ash-Shūra 7

The description of the tongue in Arabic also came in three verses, which are the Almighty’s saying:

1- {Say, [O Muḥammad], “The Pure Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] has brought it down from your Lord in truth to make firm those who believe and as guidance and good tidings to the Muslims.” 102 And We certainly know that they say, “It is only a human being who teaches him [i.e., the Prophet (peace be upon him)].” The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign,[715] and this [recitation, i.e., Qur’ān] is [in] a clear Arabic language.}  An-Nahl 102-103

2- {And before it was the scripture of Moses to lead and as a mercy. And this is a confirming Book in an Arabic tongue to warn those who have wronged and as good tidings to the doers of good.}  Al-Ahqāf 12

3- {And indeed, it [i.e., the Qur’ān] is the revelation of the Lord of the worlds. 192 The Trustworthy Spirit [i.e., Gabriel] has brought it down. 193 Upon your heart, [O Muḥammad] – that you may be of the warners 194 In a clear Arabic language. 195} Ash-Shu’arā‘ 192-195

The details of the Qur’an being Arabic and not foreign came in one verse, which is the Almighty’s saying:

{And if We had made it a foreign [i.e., non-Arabic] Qur’an, they would have said, “Why are its verses not explained in detail [in our language]? Is it a foreign [recitation] and an Arab [messenger]?” Say, “It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure.” And those who do not believe – in their ears is deafness, and it is upon them blindness. Those are being called from a distant place.} Fussilat 44

The Qur’an describes Arabic wisdom in one verse, which is the Almighty’s saying:

{And thus We have revealed it as an Arabic legislation.[643] And if you should follow their inclinations after what has come to you of knowledge, you would not have against Allāh any ally or any protector.} Ar-Ra’ d 37

The conclusion is that the total number of Arabic words mentioned in describing the Qur’an is eleven verses that indicate the honor of the Arabic language.

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The importance of the Arabic language in understanding and interpreting the Qur’an

1- Among the causes of error in interpretation, and among the factors of deviation in understanding Qur’anic verses, is weakness in the Arabic language in reading, writing, understanding, and application, and ignorance of its rules of morphology, grammar, derivation, parsing, meanings, clarification, and other language terms and their origins. This linguistic weakness and linguistic ignorance arose.

Due to the prevalence and spread of colloquial language, the lack of knowledge of the origins of the language and its meanings, and the scarcity of interest in preserving it.

2- Knowing the Arabic language is one of the most important tools for understanding and interpreting the Holy Qur’an. Since the Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic language, there is no doubt that it cannot be understood and interpreted except through the same tongue with which the Faithful Spirit descended on the heart of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace.

3- The Arabic language that is required to be learned to understand and interpret the Holy Qur’an: knowing the intentions of the Arabs regarding their speech and the manners of their language. Ibn Ashour said: As for Arabic, what is meant is knowing the intentions of the Arabs regarding their speech and the manners of their language.

By Arabic grammar, we mean the sum of the sciences of the Arabic language, which are: the body of the language, morphology, grammar, meanings, and rhetoric.

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