The year 1895 was an important period for Muslims. This was the year when many Muslims discovered that Arabic is, the first language and all other languages are derived from it. Their claim was based on the teachings of the Arabic Glorious Qur’ân and elucidated this proposition in the light of several Qur’ânic verses. They even foretold that in course of time Arabic will be found to be the mother of all the world languages.
In the Great Religions Conference held in Lahore in 1896 some great Muslim Scholars proclaimed this truth as follows:
It has been shown that the Arabic language is the only language which can claim to be Divine, the fountain from which all sorts of knowledge flow, the mother of all tongues and the first as well as the last medium of Divine revelation. It is the first, because Arabic was the word of Allâh which was with Allâh and was at last revealed to the world from which human beings learned to make their own languages, and the last, because the last Divine Book i.e. the Arabic Glorious Qur’ân is also in pure Arabic.
This passage speaks volumes for itself. The argument lays down the basic principles which should be followed to trace out the Arabic origin of languages. The humble writer drank deep at the fountain of the above statement. It was his guiding star in his research continuously carried on during the 16 years. To his agreeable surprise the writer discovered:
a) That there are definite phonetic laws by means of which the root words of all languages can be traced to Arabic origin with precision and certainty.
b) These laws are simple and obvious. They are also accepted principles of philology; but the Western scholars never attempted to apply them to Arabic in order to find out the ultimate origin of languages.
c) These laws apply equally well to all languages, so much so that the root words of all the languages can be divided into 10 main categories as shown in this book.
At present it is not considered necessary to publish all the material which is at the writer’s disposal from the following languages viz Chinese, Sanskrit, Hindi, Persian, Latin, Greek, German, Spanish, French, English, Italian, Russian, and Aryan roots. However, it has been deemed proper to publish a specimen of this research and a complete book may be published later on.
The proposition that Arabic is the source of all the languages runs counter to prevailing linguistic notions. To some it may come as a surprise; others may receive it with mixed feelings. But the truth is bound to triumph in the end, in-spite of the deep-rooted prejudices about the origin of languages. So the reader is requested to go through these pages with an open mind.
As it is, the writer had to work single handed. The subject is very vast and the writer knows his limitations.
The writer has tried his level best to arrive at the correct root of words given in this book and has tested and re-tested them in the light of the 10 formulas discussed hereafter; but he claims no infallibility or authoritativeness for every root and leaves the matter to the sound judgment of the impartial reader. The subject is very vast, difficult and quite a new one. I have tried to put it as clearly as I could; but if there is any obscurity I shall be glad to explain it. Any corrections or suggestions will be welcomed.
Philology is a science full of surprises and it often makes curious detours. As a language develops, the final shape and meaning of words sometimes totally differ from the original form and sense of the root word. Therefore, a hasty judgment should be avoided as far as possible. The book contains some unavoidable repetitions because I had to explain and illustrate some points more than once.
I am deeply indebted to the Editors of the Review of Religions Pakistan, for publishing a part of this book in a series of articles; to Sheikh Adul Qadir, the Bible scholar of Lyallpur for supplying the needed books from time to time, Rana Manzoor Ahmed of Lyallpur. The Qaid Khuddam-ul Ahmad Sargodha Division; for typing out the original manuscript with zeal and sincerity and accuracy.
MUHAMMAD AHMAD MAZHAR,
Advocate High Court, Pakistan.
I. Origin of language.
II. Age of language.
III. Families of languages and Sanskrit.
IV. Why European scholars bypassed Arabic.
V. Monogenesis Theory of languages.
VI. Advantages of one language theory.
VII. The Holy Qur’ân and one language ideal.
VIII. The language of the Holy Qur’ân is a universal language.
IX. Arabic is a perfect language.
X. Criteria of best language.
XI. Loan words.
XIII. Diseases of words.
XIV. Basic Principles of Etymology.
XV. Missing Link between Aryan and Semitic languages
XVI. How to redeem Arabic roots from other languages.
a) Alphabets and sound organs.
c) Prefixes and suffixes.
d) Removal of vowels.
e) Removal of surplus letters.
1. Triliteral Formula.
2. Biliteral Formula.
3. Uniliteral Formula.
4. Cypher Formula.
5. Triliteral Metathesis.
6. Biliteral Metathesis.
7. Prosthesis with Metathesis.
8. Toning up.
9. Toning down.
XVII. How to read this dictionary.
C. English traced to Arabic.
XIX. French traced to Arabic.
XX. German traced to Arabic.
XXI. Spanish traced to Arabic.
XXII. Latin traced to Arabic.
XXIII. Italian traced to Arabic.
XXIV. Greek traced to Arabic.
XXV. Russian traced to Arabic.
XXVI. Persian traced to Arabic.
XXVII. Aryan Roots traced to Arabic.
XXVIII. Sanskrit traced to Arabic.
XXIX. Hindi traced to Arabic.
XXX. Chinese traced to Arabic.