It is Imperative that Every Muslim should strive to learn Arabic

Scholars throughout the ages, from the Companions to the present day, encouraged the Ummah to learn the Arabic language. Ubay ibn Ka’b (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said,

“Teach Arabic like you teach the memorization of the Qur’an!”

Abu Bakr (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said,

“That I recite and forget (a portion of the Qur’an) is more beloved to me than to make a grammatical mistake!”

And ‘Umar (radiallaahu ‘anhu) once passed by a group of archers who missed their targets.

He admonished them and they responded that they were only beginners, but in answering back they made a grammatical mistake in their wording. He told them,

“Indeed, your mistakes in Arabic grammar are more difficult to bear than your mistakes in archery!”

Imam ash-Shaafi’ee said,

“Therefore it is imperative that every Muslim should strive to learn Arabic as hard as he can, so that he can testify the shahada, and recite the Book of Allah and say the invocations that are mandatory upon him, such as the takbeer, tasbeeh, tashahud and other prayers. And the more he learns the language that Allah Himself chose to be the language of him who sealed the Prophets (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and to be the language of His final revelation, the better it is for him!”

The great 8th century scholar Shaikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) even went so far as to say that,

“The Arabic language is part of the Religion, and knowing it is an obligation.”

 

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