Author: Nadia Selim

Living a translated Islam? Learn Arabic

Umar Ibn-ul-Khattab (ra) was to become renowned for his unfailing justice and asceticism.  The story of his acceptance of Islam is well known to Muslims. A powerful man both in physique and demeanor storms home enraged by the knowledge that his sister and brother-in-law have converted to Islam. Bellowing and thundering, he is stopped cold in his tracks by the power, beauty and excellence of the Qur’an. The verses had such power over him because he comprehended them. He was shaken to his core because he filtered what he perceived through a meshwork of a deep-seated knowledge of the...

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What about Arabic?

The Quran, entirely in God’s voice (kalamullah), stipulates that, “We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran so that you [people] may understand” (12:2) and therefore the sacrosanct nature of Arabic in Muslim hearts has held strong for centuries.  Guided by Allah’s commandments to the Prophet Muhammad (s) to “read”, Muslims of the early Islamic civilisation were extremely dispositioned to seek knowledge even if it were in China and to spare no effort in advancing the cause of Arabic literacy. The efforts of Muslims to transform these teachings into a way of life fashioned a significant body of...

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