Dr V Abdur Raheem
Dr V Abdulrahman, the writter of the famous Madinah Arabic Books (Along with thewhole 2 year curriculum in Madinah, which is isn't available in English yet, we only havethe 3 Grammar Books), he has taught Arabic in the Islamic University Madinah for 30years.The Shaykh's Bio data:Dr V. Abdur Rahim was born in the small town of Vaniyambadi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India in 1933. After finishing his secondary school studies, he joined PresidencyCollege, University of Madras where he majored in English Language and Literature. Hegraduated in 1957. In 1964, he joined al-Azhar University, Cairo, where he did hisM.Phil. and Ph.D. in Arabic Philology.It is to be noted that Abdur Rahim learnt Arabic by himself. The school where he did hissecondary school studies offered Arabic, but the lessons it offered consisted of onlymemorizing the conjugation tables. Abdur Rahim detested this method. He thought that itwas the most unnatural way of learning a language. Only dead languages like Latin,Syriac, etc. are taught this way. Living languages teach sentences straightaway. Hedecided to design a curriculum to teach Arabic to non-native speakers of Arabic.In 1969, he joined the Islamic University of Madinah to teach Arabic Philology. Here, hewas also associated with the Programme of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Thecourse he designed for this purpose is now known as
Durûs al-Lughaħ al-‘Arabiyya ħ li-Ghair al-Nâtiqîna Bihâ.
(Now these books are popularly known throughout the worldas
.)When he was learning Arabic by himself, Abdur Rahim studied the many problems that beset the non-native students of Arabic, and tried to solve them. He discovered that allthese problems can easily be solved by applying the principle of
taqdîm al- usûl ‘ala al- furû‘
, i.e. teaching the primary elements before the secondary elements. The followingare some of the manifestations of the application of this principle:
Teaching the primary case-endings before the secondary endings, so you teachthe
noun before the
mamnû‘ min al-sarf
, and the
verb before the other categories.
Teaching the plural of intelligent nouns before that of non-intelligent nouns.Another principle Abdur Rahim advocates is that rules of
should not be appliedduring the teaching stage, for in that case the student cannot learn the correct ending of