What’s the difference between the letters ح ح and ح?

What's the difference between the letters ح ح and ح? At first glance, you would think they are the same letters. But in the old days, one could represent ج, the other ح and the last as خ. In those days, Arabic dots were not always written on letters. Due to their mastery of the … Continue reading What’s the difference between the letters ح ح and ح?

Stoppage symbols (Waqf) in the Mushaf

Q: In the Noble Quran, there are specific letters - like Jeem ج, Taa ط, and others - that are put on some verses or places to indicate a mandatory stop in recitation. Who put these letters of stoppage and is it required to adhere to them? Knowing that we hear some of the Imaams … Continue reading Stoppage symbols (Waqf) in the Mushaf

How I Learned Arabic in America

In the Name of Allah, Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim, This article was written on August 3, 2016 by Abu Awzaa'ee Abdus-Salaam This summer, I was asked a question by an old friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. He wrote via WhatsApp, "...may Allaah increase you and us in beneficial knowledge and implementation of that … Continue reading How I Learned Arabic in America

Not learning correct grammar could lead to disbelief

al-Asma'ee said, تعلموا النحو فان بني اسرائيل كفروا بكلمة واحدة كانت مشددة فخففوها قال الله: يا عيسى اني ولدتك. فقرءوا: يا عيسى اني ولدتك. مخففا فكفروا "Learn grammar for surely Bani Israa'eel disbelieved due to one word that [originally] contained a shaddah but then they removed it. Allah said, 'O 'Esaa indeed I brought you into … Continue reading Not learning correct grammar could lead to disbelief

The Companions disciplined their children for mistakes in Arabic

Abu Ishaaq al-Talhee said, أن علي بن طالب كان يضرب الحسن و الحسين على اللحن "'Ali bin Abi Taalib would discipline Hasan and Husayn for mistakes in grammar." Source: al-Jaami' (2/28) by Khateeb al-Baghdaadi 'Amr bin Dinaar said, أن ابن عمر و ابن عباس كانا يضربان أوالادهما على اللحن "Ibn 'Umar and Ibn 'Abbas would … Continue reading The Companions disciplined their children for mistakes in Arabic

Mistakes in grammar can land you in the Hellfire

Ibn Salaah collects a chain of narration that al-Asma'ee said, ان أخوف ما أخاف على طالب العلم اذا لم يعرف النحو أن يدخل في جملة قول النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم : من كذب علي متعمدا فليتبوأ مقعده من النار لانه لم يكن يلحن فمهما رويت عنه حديثا و لحنت فيه كذبت عليه "Indeed … Continue reading Mistakes in grammar can land you in the Hellfire

There’s no purpose in seeking hadith without knowledge of Arabic

Khateeb al-Baghdaadi collects a narration that Shu'bah said, من طلب الحديث فلم يبصر العربية فمثله مثل رجل عليه برنس و ليس له رأس "Whoever seeks hadith and does not have insight of the Arabic [language] then his example is like a man who has a hooded thobe without a head [meaning the thobe serves no … Continue reading There’s no purpose in seeking hadith without knowledge of Arabic

Arabic has an effect on one’s thinking, behavior and religious commitment

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah 728AH [May Allah have mercy on him] said, "Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one's thinking, behavior and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Companions, and the Tabi'een [those … Continue reading Arabic has an effect on one’s thinking, behavior and religious commitment