The Beauty of

Classical Arabic
A Timeless Identity of Islam

Rabab Maher

Saturday, 30th June 2012

We have sent down as an Arabic Qur'an that ye may learn wisdom. . Islamic history and “culture” becomes that much more rewarding. Āyāt 1-2 The Arabic language – distinctively classical Arabic – is one of the oldest and most unique languages of the world.ْ ‫لِِآ ََيت‬ َ ْ ‫الرِِِ ِت‬ ِ‫ُِِال ِكتَابِِِالْ ُمب ِِي‬ َِ ُ‫انَِِّ َآ ْن َزلْنَا ُهِِقُ ْرآنًِِ َع َ ِرب ًّياِل َ َعل َّ ُ ْكِِتَ ْع ِقل‬ ‫ون‬ ِ } { {. Quraish. both a science and an art that once learned and adopted. While Arabic existed long before the aforementioned century – recorded historically to have made its appearance during the third century. Abridged history Arabic made a permanent stamp in the world during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the sixth century in which his Arabic and that of his tribe. Sunnah. was the epitome of classical Arabic. mellifluous and fluid. . although it dates back even earlier than that but was “under development” – it was widely spread with the revelation of Islām and even more so in the seventh century after the hijra [1] . its essence and clarity is truly appreciated and is the gateway to understanding Islām. . These are the signs of a perspicuous Book.} Sūrah Yūsuf (12). It is a Semitic language luring and captivating in its aesthetic and literary allure and orally poignant. the Qur’ān.

(2) Classical: The everyday Arabic spoken by original tribes (Quraish for instance) and during the caliphate era. poets and speakers. and many more. philosophy. This was the Arabic spoken by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in addition to some highly esteemed writers. some Arab linguists classify Arabic into three categories: prose. once acquired. educational systems and so on. however. For this precise reason. Putting aside the diverse dialects and accents – of which none come close to the eloquence of the language of the Qur’ān – Arabic can be categorised into three classes: (1) Fusĥa (SWT). mythology. chemistry. (3) Standard: The simplified and formal version of classical Arabic devoid of any dialect or accent used in “modern” times throughout publications. mathematics. Granting that the sciences of Arabic can be somewhat challenging to learn (due to it being meticulously detailed). and its emulation is non-existent. poetry and the Holy Qur’ān. literature. understanding becomes second nature owing to the logical flow in its . it weaved itself into European languages and made (and is) an invaluable contribution in various fields: astronomy.What is termed as classical Arabic began to flow from one region to another leaving its riches in its path. [2] : The utmost perfect and articulate Arabic from Allah the sacred language of the Qur’ān. the Umayyad and Abbasid times between the 7th-9th centuries and one favoured by ingenious poets and edifying writers past and present.

mistakes and misperceptions in Arabic and Islamic lexicons and terminologies. What will then ensue . The root of all Arabic words play an important role to better identify with their meanings because the “stemmed” word will initially have the same meaning but with a slight difference or twist – an intelligent play on words. and words and idioms that reveal expansive delineations. subsequently.’ [3] Grasping the sheer purity of classical Arabic. Arabic is the language of Islām and is incumbent upon Muslims to learn. dispelling the miasma surrounding unnecessary misunderstandings. . . is essential for clarity and comprehension. ‘. Maintaining a strong identity of classical Arabic is essential and one of the fundamentals and foundations of Islām. Prolific in flawless and entrenched roots that characterise it as the perfect language. fathom and soak in its beauty. its words and derivatives.grammatical rules – which is absent in many other languages. No wonder linguists classify Arabic in a league of its own. Revering the language in its entirety means making the effort to decipher and ascertain (at least) words and terminologies used frequently. After all. only illuminates it extensively with its intellectual connotations and denotations. modern studies have separated between the merits of languages only the speakers of which brag about and the scientific merits of any given language which relate to the agreed upon standards of articulation and expression in linguistics.

Arabic words will be more fathomable and an enthralling journey into a sublime Islamic epistemological and etymological world will flourish. The Poetic Language: 3-4. Breathing a new founding value of classical Arabic. Please click the icon for more Articles: . Preserving classical Arabic in turn preserves a Muslim’s identity and. [2] [3] There is no knowledge of any English equivalent for this word. shaken. most importantly. the doors to conception open wide leading to other more vital ones two being: the appreciation of the (1) Qur’ān and (2) Sunnah as “intended” by Allah (SWT). by ‘Abbās Maĥmūd Al-Aqqād (a prominent Arab figure in culture and literature). [1] This is the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Muslims from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE. brings Muslims closer to Allah (SWT). deterred or a resounding stability in the knowledge of Islām that cannot be stirred.

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