السبيل إلى تفهيم الوحي
The Road to Understanding the Revelation
All praise is due to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the entire universe. And the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muḥammad his family and his companions.
One of the areas I feel we as the Muslim Ummah are falling short in, is in giving precedence to learning the Arabic language. We neglect it to the extent where most of us are only able to copy it down and recite it – but without any understanding. This needs to change. After all, it is the language of the Revelation. For this reason alone, learning it ought to be at the top of our priorities. Our Lord is speaking to us when we recite the Qur’an, yet we are heedless of what He is telling us!
It was in an attempt to try and change this state of affairs, that I decided to write something that people could use to learn Arabic through self-study. There are plenty of resources available online for learning Arabic – so why bother with another one? This is because I felt that most of these texts were either too complicated for a beginner or focused on contemporary Arabic rather than classical. I wanted to do something different – to make it as simple and easy to understand as possible while presenting it in a visually appealing way. However, I realised it wasn’t really going to work out – by including only minimal information it would leave the reader with questions that need to be answered.
But then I happened to stumble across an online learning website, alhamdulillah. Since then I’ve started giving Arabic lessons on there. One of the advantages of teaching and learning this way is that the classes can be recorded. So this seemed to be an ideal way of overcoming the problem mentioned above. Instead of just having the text and working through it on one’s own, the explanation of the work could also be made available via recordings of the lessons. So whoever wants to can follow along and learn in that way. If you intend doing so, I suggest you actually do the exercises as well, rather than just watch the video. Each lesson consists of a video recording, notes, exercises and a vocabulary list.
As you can see from the title of the course, the focus is very much on learning to read the Qur’an with understanding. All the examples, exercises and so on, are taken from the Qur’an. It is not a conversational Arabic course.
May Allah ta’ala accept from us and grant us beneficial knowledge, ameen.
This course has now been completed, alhamdulillah.
To download the notes and recordings of the lessons, please click here.
To read the translation that was the ultimate result of this course, please click here.
تم بحمد الله