Did you ever wonder why would you have to learn Arabic? Especially Arabic, of all the languages. Everyone says it’s one of the most difficult languages to learn. Why the revelation of God (Quran) had to be in Arabic? Why couldn’t it be in any other language? Well, let’s look at the top 5 reasons to learn Arabic.
1. Love of the Deen
Most people may not realise it, but many of the Muslims (who are over 1.8 billion i.e. about 24% of the world population) study Arabic simply because of their love for Islam. The last revelation of God (Quran), was revealed in the Arabic language and for this reason, many Muslims around the world simply study Arabic to understand their religion better. All the holy texts of Islam (Quran and Sunnah) and works of the early scholars are in Arabic (less than 10% of them have been translated into English). Learn Arabic, learn Islam.
2. Arabic is intellectually stimulating
All the great Islamic scholars of Al-Andalusian Spain during the Golden Age of Islam gave credit to the Arabic language for all their inventions. Some of the greatest inventions took place during that era, including Algebra (without which our modern day computers and cell phones couldn’t have been possibly invented).
Omar ibn Al-Khattab (RA), one of the closest companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said “Learn the arabic language, it will sharpen your wisdom.” If anyone has tried studying Arabic Grammar, one would realise the beauty in the structure of the language. It’s like a mathematical formula producing words and sentences in a supremely logical pattern.
3. All the creation makes Dua (Supplication) for you
The Arabic language is considered as a necessary condition to understand the Deen (Islam). No one can call themselves a true scholar of Islam if he/she does not understand the Arabic language (especially, Arabic Grammar).
Abu Darda (RA) has said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying that whosoever goes out to seek knowledge (of Deen), Allah will make his pathway to Jannah easy. The angels, out of happiness, spread their wings beneath that person and all the creations of the heavens and earth seek forgiveness on his behalf. Even the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky make dua for his forgiveness.” [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].
4. Arabic is the 4th most spoken language
Arabic and its dialects are spoken in 22 countries by over 300 million people in the Arab world and by many minorities all over the world, making it the 4th most spoken language in the world (after Chinese, Spanish and English respectively). Knowing the Arabic language gives you the opportunity to communicate and make more friends, and at the same time broadens your career options. In the current geopolitical international affairs, there is a high demand and low supply of Arabic speakers in the Western world. Learning this beautiful language also enables dialogues and understanding between the Arabs and rest of the world which can contribute to making this world a better place.
5. Arabic is fun!
Contrary to popular belief, Arabic is truly fun! Most Arabs themselves dread the Arabic Grammar and talk about it with disgust because it is taught in a boring fashion. However, with a right guide/teacher, who has the proper understanding of the language, learning Arabic can be a truly fun and enriching experience.
Let us know what’s your reason to learn Arabic in the comments below.