Why Learn Arabic
The Quran cannot be translated. A translation is merely an interpretation of the meaning of the Quran. We should not rely on translations fully. Reading a translation of the Quran should only be a temporary purpose in assisting the student of knowledge while she learns Arabic. Only when you learn arabic can you realise what a beautiful and amazing language it is.
“Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur.aan in order that you may understand.” Al Quran 12:2
The great Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee said[Iqtidaa Siraatil-Mustaqeem - Volume 1, Page 521]: ‘The language which Allaah favoured was the Arabic language as he revealed his Noble Book in this (Arabic) and he made this the language of the seal of the prophets Muhammad. And that is why we say that it is befitting for everyone who has the ability to learn Arabic – that they learn it, as it is the best language.’
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