Language of the Arabs

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pital 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