Language of the Arabs

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uran itself because like the night

scott stars it has infinite

possibilities and meaning then there's

the there's in fact more so than the

night sky because the night sky is

finite whereas the quran is from the

speech of allah which is infinite so

it's its meanings are inexhaustible and

they won't be exhausted in any one

lifetime or even the lifetime of the

ummah so it's a deep book and the arabic

language is a deep language because the

arabic language is the vehicle which

which allah subhanho wa taala has

revealed his book it's revealed in the

language of the arm and so the language

itself has a depth which will if you

take it on upon yourself will give you

more depth it will increase your own

understanding and don't think that the

Arabs have access to this because they

don't the Arabs have been cut off from

their language just like the Muslims

have been cut off from Islam and the

Deen and all these things you see most

Arabs are speaking Arabic without

realizing what the meanings of the words

they're saying they don't know they

don't know that about the root system

they don't know they don't see

connections between the words and I'm

not making this up they've been cut off

from their language and partly because

they've adopted Western ways of teaching

Arabic they left the traditional ways of

teaching the language because one of the

sciences of the language called Konoha

which is learning at the the in-depth

understanding of words that words in

Arabic are very specific and it was one

of the traditional sciences that was

taught in in the Muslim University but

people don't know that anymore I

remember years ago I was in bleedin

Algeria at one of the own amaz house and

I was looking in his library and he had

a book by a styler be called saloa and I

opened the book and I was looking at it

is very complicated to me at that time

and I asked him about it and he said he


Lindy hack you know this is something

learn your objective first learn the

alphabet and learn then you can look

into this so the language is

inexhaustible and it doesn't stop

but part of learning the language is

recognizing that it is a means and it's

not an int and in the way that I was

taught in from the Mauritanian scholars

is that knowledge goes like this my aha

you don't own a fool what the most

important knowledge is your Arpita how

you understand allah subhanaw taala and

the messenger in the idea ahem ooh ha ha

zoom zoom my for one and then the

follow-up to know the fit of by for what

not by Oh sue see some people now they

want to start fit with a soul and not

learn follow up you know we start with

photo ID just like the tree you first

see the branches you don't see the roots

you have to before you learn about the

roots of the tree you have to learn

about the branches of the tree and when

we think of a tree we don't think of

roots we think first of the trunk and

the branches and so that's what we learn

is the photo I tell so will form and

then Tessa wolf which has to do with

action how you act with what you know so

now you know epatha and you know food or

now you have to act according to it with

sincerity you have to believe in a lot

of applause and you have to do practice

your fifth with a class well not when we

do it let me out with a lot welcome you

seen the who Dean that's all they were

commanded to do was to worship Allah

which is you need up either and you need

fit to do that

you can't worship Allah without our key

then and without fit and you need to be

much less militia in the hoody you have

to have their claws and that's possible

so so often what an attorney has to do

what and you have to have a tool to

begin all of this

with and that's the Arabic language well

adit only has one so the Arabic language

is a tool by which you access the Deen

the meanings of the Deen

now this in no way should imply that a

Muslim can be a Muslim we cannot be a

Muslim without knowing Arabic that's a

false analogy or a false reasoning there

are many Muslims that have lived and

died in Islam and been much better

Muslims than the people who know the

Arabic language inside and out that

never knew any Arabic and that's

possible is it the desired situation no

it's not the desired situation because

it's the desired situation is that your

Deen is complete and part of the

completion of the Deen is understanding

the Book of Allah and that can't be

understood without the Arabic language

it doesn't mean you can't understand the

message of Islam without Arabic you can

the message of Islam can be transmitted

somebody can understand that I hate the

law without being a Muslim and there's

Muslims all over the world that do in

the vast majority of Muslims are non

Arabic speaking but Imam Shafi

in his City sada but of the alarm who

says yes you were adequately more tender

than any autonomy my who do who do who

min it out of the earth or you thought

of it out of the EMA

it's necessary for every McKenith right

which is a person who's reached puberty

to learn what he's capable of the

language of the era

and we know that Imam Shafi or the one

who lives 17 years amongst the desert

Arabs to absorb the language completely

and he is one of the great masters of

the Arabic language he spent 17 years

because he wanted to understand the

Quran and Benny Tamim still had a very

pure Arabic even already in this

beginning of the second century the

early part of the second century so

inshallah what what should happen is we

should make a commitment to learning

language and recognize that the language

can be learned that's an important

aspect of all of this the language can

be learned but it's it's literally once

you've said about learning the language

and insha Allah what what I think what I

can do for you in this month is to

really maybe give you some basic because

for an agony to learn the language is

not like an Arab who's learning the

language somebody who's Arabic by tongue

their mother tongue it's not the same as

an ad Jimmy who's learning the language

from start an Arab even though it's a

dialectical broken Arabic despite that

they have an advantage in some ways and

in some ways a disadvantage but they

have an advantage over non Arab because

of the

that they got from their childhood and

then also they studied even in the

modern schooling most of the primary and

secondary education is in Arabic but for

them to really study the language they

have to break a lot of bad habits and

things like that for a non-arab to learn

you're starting without the bad habits

right so you can learn the language in a

different way so there's advantages and

disadvantages to having dialectical

arabic or not having it but for the

Ajami person to learn Arabic the best

way to go about it I think is to look at

how the grammar the morphology and the

grammar is structured because the

Persians did this work for non Arabs

really I mean even though say now Ali is

attributed out of the Ilan who with

giving the first guidelines to putting

down the Arabic language to avoid us

what it do any was one of his companions

he was given the the guidelines for

doing this and he told him he said he he

told him that a lot of Vietnam kazuya

data data is form of animal holophone

and he said somehow had a now you have

ISM a ISM and you have a feral and a

house you have nouns which include

adjectives and pronouns and all

then you have verb time related words

and then you have conjunctions particles

and prepositions and then he said go

this way fun who had a now and that's

where you got the word now for grammar

but the reason that that's what a doily

came to him and complained to him was

that his daughter made Al and she

mispronounced something or she actually

made a grammatical mistake which worried

him now the reason she did that is

because what was happening is many

people were marrying Persians women

and/or having servants who were non Arab

and just like today in the Arabian

Peninsula you have now this phenomenon

of a lot of indo-pakistani or


or Filipino servants from Indonesia

coming and they learn a very broken at

Arabic and the children will often

because they speak more with the

servants they'll get these really bad

habits of broken Arabic right now

already they have a broken Arabic but

now they're getting a even more

transmogrified version of the language

it's it's gotten worse and this is a

danger always and so what grammar was

established as a way one of preserving

the language of the Quran but to of

taking non Arabs and and giving them the

ability to understand because people

native speakers tend not to know so much

their their grammar there are many

English people walking around speaking

excellent syntactical English and not

making any mistakes in their in their

language but if you ask them to give you

a grammatical analyses of a sentence

structure they might not know at all

they might have had it back in school

but they can't remember

anymore but because they've learned the

language like this they don't really

need it whereas for the eruv and the

non-arab now in order to understand the

quran you have to have an understanding

of grammar you have to and the Quran

cannot be interpreted without

understanding the nature of the grammar

of the Quran and the morphology and and

the semantics of the language because

that's one of the sciences of Islam is

understanding what the words meant at

the time of the revelation not later

you can't take a word like for instance

in modern Arabic muta ser means backward

in the sense of like a Dola muta Azshara

a country that's back technologically

and Dolan with the edema so the

Europeans are called muta at the moon

and the Muslims are called muta a

theorem that's what in modern linguistic

discourse they'll say you know they'll

say something like tuna stolen go to

akhira for firaon Saddam attack oedema

Tunis is a backward country and France

is a progressive country well if you

take that same vocabulary and look at

the Quran it says quite the opposite it

says Neiman Sanya - aha and yet Adam oh

yet aha that this book is for those who

they want to get up at them by believing

in it and following it or yet AHA by

just believing it and not following it

so the Quranic nature of the pediment

offer has to do with belief and Cooper

so by our if we're using Quranic Arabic

we would say Forenza is Delta Akira and

Tunis is dolomitic Idina by the language

of the Quran so we can't take how the

moderns use the language and try to

apply it and this has been done very

stupidly you know I've heard people say

things that have nothing to do with the

nature of the Arabic language and then


somebody's tried to say that Adam was

meant human beings and wasn't an

individual she's a woman she teaches

Arab Islamic history in Kentucky

PhD but a fact Assam and I heard her

give a lecture and she said o Adam means

the human beings

it doesn't mean an individual so when

the Quran says Adam the oh and then what

this is even more absurd she said that

when Allah says Allah vihara hokum in

Neffs and wahida wahala Amin ha ahaaaaa

the one who created you from one nafs

and created from that nufs its mate she

said nuts is feminine and xoj is

masculine so the woman was created

before the man so this is type of

stupidity and ignorance that exists in

this day and age you know because people

don't there's no traditional knowledge

anymore being imparted and so everybody

you know Kulemin have bola de bay if

they can and everybody that can get up

on their two feet and put sentences

together can lecture and and do things

and this what's happening and so a lot

of false information is being spread

about Islam so inshallah hopefully in

this month you know we'll we'll we'll

just try to look at at some of the basic

structure of the Arabic language for

some people there's going to be some

review and and that's always good


is not a bad thing if you look in the

traditional pop apart they'll say things

like Walker Al Jarreau Nia Allah and

foolin and then Walker on edge oromia

a la una Black Hills have read the edge

over Mia several times it is true or not

true yeah

they'll take one same book and read it

with several different teachers and part

of it is the reinforcing of knowledge

right and the other thing is that we

forget when Takata Crawford Abood onion

said the one that leaves repetition they

forget so there's no harm in going over

things a second time if you've already

done some of the things before it's

always good and what I found is

generally when you do things the second

or the third time you get openings that

you didn't have the first time so

there's always a blessing to that also

so hopefully you know during this time

my recommendation to myself and and all

of you is like one of them said what

what walk to emphasis or not we need to

be ugly he was had a cameo bo time is

the most precious thing that you're

concerned with preserving and I see it's

the easiest thing that you can lose time

is the most precious thing that you

should conserve and it's the easiest

thing that can be lost so you have a

month and a month is actually in this

day and age toward the end of time the

awesome as Nina time begins to be

constricted it goes very fast I was just

in a two-week teaching thing in New

Mexico and it was gone just like that

so today inshallah we ask a lot to give

us Baraka at the time because if there's

butter cut you'll find that there's you

have more time when there's less Baraka

then time goes faster right

so hopefully Allah give us Baraka so

there's more time more

managed to the time we have but what I

would really highly recommend is just to

really take take the time here seriously

to just study and for those of you who

have been studying in the university or

have recently been in courses and things

like that it's going to be a little

easier because you're used to to doing

some study for people who haven't you

just have to you know subdue the nephs

attic a useful man Dan and EPSA who well

I mean any neither animal being the one

who has intelligence subdues his self

and works for what's coming after death

and part of this learning all of this in

Charlotte is Armin Lehmann about the

molten Chama learning because learning

any signs of the Dean is for a fella

it's not for dunya although it has dunya

application is for Ashura so you should

consider in Java all of this that s

event of law you know to consider in

shallow that Allah will give you reward

for it and it's for your eyes that are

not for your dunya and so that's the one

who has intelligence subdue the self and

work for what's after death and

inshallah that's what we're going to do

here for this month and people in

shallow they'll be benefit for all of us

and see ya unless you have dollars here

so people who have questions especially

concerning v matters and

like that you know he's much aa good

resource for us while we're here and

then inshallah when the other teachers

come about halfway through other things

will happen so hopefully you know this

will be just a harmonious month United

what I would warn all of us against

myself first is not wasting our time in

frivolous talk the Prophet said cutting

along with a comma beta will con will

cut about the suit ad what you're buying

that Allah dislikes for you empty talk

and too much questioning and wasting

wealth and part your most precious

wealth that you have is your own life

you know it's high up itself

that's your rocks mad that's your

capital is your life so shall I try to

avoid vain taco will live in home I

don't know we might home malleable those

who turn away from the level right and

lava is from lava language is from empty

talk because the vast majority of what

people talk about is meaningless right

if you think about what everybody on the

earth right now is talking about

subhanAllah really think about that all

this five billion people now right now

what they're saying and then he did this

and then he did that and old tomatoes

are so expensive now and oh I have to go

pick up my laundry and you know oh he's

an idiot or oh I'm so worried about my

mortgage payment and I don't know

and this is what people are talking

about all over the world you know you

hear a language that you don't

understand it sounds very interesting

and then you've learned the language and

they're talking about the same empty

things that people in your language are

talking about

so lava is from lava you know to be have

empty talk for mine lava filleted you

moretta hole and the one who speaks has

no Joomla and you can get into a whole

other meaning of that about the nature

of Jemma

because language is separateness and

silence is gathered miss when you speak

you lose gathered 'no sand that's why

silence is the prophetic nature you only

spoke when he had something to say

they say the focus of lies in an

automatic nests were either take a limit

they can never be fair he was thus most

silent of people but when he spoke he

spoke good things

what doesn't mean that we have to all

become morose and somber and because the

Prophet wasn't morose he wasn't a

Puritan alhamdulillah

and he wasn't morose he was a very happy

person he smiled all the time they

called him a Bach it's one of the names

imam see all he said was given to him he

used to tell funny things that made

people laugh he sat with his wives he

spoke sweet things you know so he was

he's not morose and we shouldn't become

morose and when you start seeing people

get morose you need to like tickle them

or something like that just you know

lighten up the Muslims have too much

heaviness on them nowadays you know

which doesn't mean we come frivolous

people right it's a balance between the

two not become morose not become

frivolous it's the balance between the

two and that's the middle way of the

Prophet Elisha he's a man who was GAD

that when they're needed to be did and

he was sweet when there was time for

sweetness that's his nature so Allah


Shalala give us the benefit of his son

and it was to follow any question or

well I think you know part of what's

happened Arabic has become they called

the modern what they teach in the

university is use it and looked at what

is the standard language of the average

educated Arab now what's problematic

with that is a great deal of modern

Arabic is in fact English translated

into Arabic because what happened is the

newspapers traditionally the Muslims did

not have newspapers which was very

intelligent on their part but what

happened when the newspapers began to

come into the Muslim world and the first

one one of the first started was by

Allah Frannie and the Ottawa that was

pod and they they began to write these

articles now when they began to get on

to the news wires of the West

Reuters Associated Press United Press

International UPI they would get these

news things right in Cairo there'd be

some Arab in Cairo and then this news

story would come in and he would get it

in English and he would just translate

it into Arabic and most of them were not

educated islamically and or even very

well in Arabic their hack writers just

like most journalists are and so they

would say something like today America

played an important role in the talks

between the Israelis and the Egyptians

so he would look at that and he would

just say today Eliam America played an

important role naivet America Delrin

Mohan Minh right in the talks between

Israelis and eat chips and film ofawadh

Daniel is Sarah a Tegan one more serene

and they would literally do a direct

translation and then they would write

the whole article like that so for

instance lavador on started to become

used by Arabs it's now

two Arab idiom you won't find it in any

classical Arabic because the Arab don't

talk about playing roles because they

don't have a history of theater so it's

a metaphor that comes out of European

language because Europeans

indo-europeans have a long tradition of

theater so they have the whole idea he

played a role where as Arab don't have

that they have no idea of playing a role

because they don't have theatre

traditionally so there's an example of

an alien idiom being introduced into the

Arabic language that has become part of

modern Arabic discourse so you'll hear

Arabs all the time saying how the yet

adorable him or something like that and

he doesn't even know that it's not even

from his language now one can argue well

that's a Puritans view and language by

its nature is moving and blah blah blah

but from another point of view note

there's a platonic language and there's

a classical Arabic which is the language

of scholarship and and that's the Arabic

that traditionally was adhered to so so

what's happened is you get a lot of loan

words now and Arabic language another

example is the whole idea of point of

view which is alien to the Arabs

you know from so-and-so's point of view

min which has another fool and which had

another is a modern idiomatic

expressions taken from a European

expression so so modern Standard Arabic

you're going to learn a lot of these

modern idioms right and an interesting

book to read is a book called the Erebus

I think it's by Mac could be called the

Arabist a romantic of an American elite

I wouldn't buy it but if you happen to

see just one of the books you can skim

read it was written about the people who

studied Arabic in order to

for the American State Department and

it's very interesting because they used

to study quite extensively and then now

they're having more and more difficulty

but they had one man Hume Horan who was

the ambassador to Saudi Arabia and

because he spoke such good Arabic King

Fahad was very intimidated by him

because it was hard for him to you know

if I had speaks broken Arabic and this

guy would come and he was speaking

really good classical Arabic and new

poetry and things like that and so they

actually the Saudis asked for him to be

taken out and they sent some cowboy

rides he couldn't speak Arabic because

then they feel more comfortable because

they're uneducated people and sudden you

have a an ambassador who knows Arabic

better than you do and you're the king

of the place called Arabia the land of

the Arabs and it looks pretty bad so but

this man Hume Horan studied with a man

named Hamilton give who was one of the

big Orientalists and he was a head of

the Harvard School of Oriental Studies

and Hume was reading a book which was

written by an American at one of the

Arab Syrian Arabs of the 1930s and he

said it was all really lousy half-baked

philosophy that didn't really have

and he asked give you know and give told

him he said Hume you're dealing with the

Arabs now and this is as good as it gets

and this is the way that they look at

the Arab that there is no inter back

there anymore nothing so modern Arabic

what they teach in the Universities is

basically this kind of you'll read

things like it again you know

you'll read the OP card and and follow

saying the people of the Namib are

what's called the Renaissance of late

19th century Egypt that's at best they

won't give you for Edina vazhi or a

Muhammad's or really they don't and some

schools like I think Cambridge and

Oxford and things you know you'd

probably read some classical poetry but

in America in a lot of the universities

there they literally you end up MoMA

Hamid you're in that course what are you


they're very superficial very

superficial I mean I know people that

went to Georgetown which is one of the

number one universities for

international study and they read so

that they can learn political language

just diplomatic language things like

that but to get into depth in the Arabic

language there's in the West there's

very few places where you'd have really

serious training and in the end also

you're not learning Arabic the way the

Arabs view the language and that's what

we want to see is how the era's

understand their own

not how the West has projected their own

ideas onto the Arabic language we want

to understand Arabic from the way it's

you know it was R was revealed the

meanings were revealed to the Persians

in the Arab Muslim because they had a

Muslim world view so while I wouldn't

discourage you know people that are here

in the West I think it's important that

we start getting into the departments

you know and displacing a lot of the

Jewish and Christian elements in the

department because they're very

antagonistic to Islam and there can be a

lot of good work done in middle-eastern

departments whether we can get into

those departments is another matter you

know because these have traditionally

been strongholds of Orientalism and the

enemies of Islam but it's it's a good

opportunity for for Muslims because of

the whole nature of what's happened in

the West now you know because they've

set forward these all these politically

correct ideas of multiculturalism and

pluralism and all of these things

whether or not they're going to fulfill

them is another matter and historically

one would tend to say no because they've

always talked about the rights of man

long and and

they're basically hypocrites so Allah

Adam but I think now in the United

States there's several very good Muslim

people that are in Middle Eastern or

Islamic Studies departments and they're

having an impact

you know people become Muslim in these

programs and this is important for us to

infiltrate these very

but I would tend to say the first thing

you know you can learn very good Arabic

I think probably I think you could get

to a proficient level in in a year and

and if you're starting with just reading

here in a month I think

inshallah in a month you can get to a

reasonable level of understanding how

the structure of the language structure

of the morphology and and and get to a

point where you can read the whore on

with a dictionary and be getting a lot

of the basic meaning but to move into

nuance of the language to get into

subtlety that's a lifetime study it just

goes on and on

so but the the language you know with a

serious commitment to the language I

think it can be learned in a reasonable

amount of time it's not it's not an

impossible task by



I mean traditionally the anima they have

our books whole books written because

Muslims specially medieval Muslims were

very obsessed with like the Europeans

with memorizing vast amounts of

literature and being like that so they'd

say eat raisins and don't eat sour

things and use a see wax stick there's a

whole bunch of them but one

or on

I think the best what I've heard from

people is the best is tapped uh falafel

la Hamlet on you know memories a gift

from Allah

people have different degrees of

memories some people are very quick

memory some people takes them longer to

memorize in Mauritania traditionally

they've said and those people have

phenomenal memory they've said that it's

actually a curse to have a very fast

memory because people with fast memory

tend not to appreciate what they've

learned and they lose it faster and

people have to work harder tend to

appreciate it more and they don't tend

to retain it longer that's been their

experience of the difference between the

two you know there is the Muslims have a

lot of mnemonic devices as well for

memorizing things and poetry was one of

them learning things in didactic poems

and things like that so that's one of

the reasons why so much of the Islamic

knowledge was put into two PI G's which

jouza is a very simple type of poetic

schema that can be memorized easily so

that was one of the ways so but I think

part of it I have inshallah they're

coming on I guess on Saturday or

something like that but I have very good

series of handouts you know the

can use to learn and I'm going to cover

that follow on what what to do