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Learning Arabic, not a good idea
By:Sidqi, ca
Date: Friday, 20 April 2012, 7:05 pm

In responce to below post on " Quran parrots".

I humbly disagree with the idea of learning a working or quranic knowledge of Arabic. Why should we do that?. I will not come across a situation , where i will need Arabic, unless i need to work in middle east, but for that too, not any more, since English is now an international working language.

This preaching that every one should learn Arabic or Arabic Quran is very misleading. There is no reason for it. Quran has been translated and explained in hundreds of languages and by thousands of writers. They are good and thats it. Every one learns best only in his own mother tongue.

A German scientist doesn't have to learn entire Russian language, if he has to consult a Russian book, since that book is now available to him in his own German language. Muslim have waste all their time and energies in parroting Arabic, even then they don't get 1% of real understanding. A Swiss person, a phd in urdu language will not be able to understand one line of Mir, Ghalib or Iqbal in its real depth, where as an urdu speaking student of high school will do better.

An simple urdu line "" woh tuo hai "" will have several meanings in different situation and context, but a non-urdu person will only take it as " Thats It". Whatever Ajamies do, they can never be as good as arabs with few exceptions of scholars. But masses, a carpenter or a businessman doesn't have to be a scholar. Ordinary muslims want to remember Allah in their way and in Arabic way only .

Lets imagine, if sensible leaders of the past (an assumption only) would have made it mandatory to learn Quran in Urdu language only or what ever non-arabic language in other muslim countries, right from beginning of school age, then entire muslim Ummah would have been a learned ummah in understanding of deen and not just parrots.

We condemn traditional Maddarsas but we send our own kids to Modern maddarsas called arabic learning centers or Moulvi Sahab, Where they only learn moving their necks and lips. This is double standard.

Does Allah understand only Arabic, NO. certanly not, then why its necessary to recite Namaz in Arabic language only. We can pray in our own language, since brain always think in its own language, its impossible to think in other languages. Any one can try that. Praying is all about thinking in brain, otherwise its a ritual. This is one reason that most praying muslim have a concentration problem and they complain too, then they go to a religious doctor, a Mullah, who advice them for some more chanda, donation, sadqa. bakra (goat) etc.

One may say then, who will translate and explain Quran,, well its already been done extensively, why to invent wheel again. Let children learn in their own language only and not confuse them with loads of Arabic for nothing. Deen has to do with heart and not nationality. All kind of books on every possible subject are now available in every other language on your kindle, Ipad, Iphone and tablets or will be available soon. Learning an entire foreign language like Arabic will take most of the young age, will take away professional skill time, and will take us no where. Deen comes from understanding it and not repeating it.

Future will be like that, i hope so.

41:44 Now if We had made it a Qur'an in a non-Arabic tongue they would surely have said, "Why is it that its verses have not been made clear? Why - a foreign tongue and an Arab?" Say, "For those who accept it, this is a Guidance and medicine for a wholesome life. But as for those who will not believe (Arabs or non-Arabs), in their ears is deafness, and so it remains obscure to them. They are like people who are called to from afar. (26:200)

Sidqi.

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Learning Arabic, not a good idea
Sidqi, ca -- Friday, 20 April 2012, 7:05 pm
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Irfan -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 12:16 am
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Ali Noor Atlanta -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 2:47 am
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Sidqi, ca -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 4:18 am
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Irfan -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 1:14 pm
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shahalam, TX -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 8:38 pm
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Sidqi, ca -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 10:12 pm
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shahalam, TX -- Sunday, 22 April 2012, 1:41 pm
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Ehsan,Peoria, IL -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 4:38 am
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Sahila, Bahrain -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 9:31 am
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Irfan -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 1:38 pm
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Adeel Nawaz, Scotland, UK -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 6:28 pm
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Brian, Timbaktu, Mali -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 2:29 am
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Mubashir, Canada -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 2:20 pm
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Helen, UK -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 10:16 am
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*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 1:52 pm
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Sidqi, ca -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 6:55 pm
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Helen, UK -- Sunday, 22 April 2012, 2:02 pm
Learning Arabic, a good idea
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 12:15 pm
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*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Saturday, 21 April 2012, 12:17 pm