and Arabic Education
4th Muharram 1398
15th December. 1977
"The pursuit of knowledge
is incumbent on every male (and female) Muslim". This is a saying
(Hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the
Messenger of the One Who Knows Best. This also means that knowledge
is required to invite people towards the right path, the path of success
and prosperity in both this life and the hereafter.
Knowledge of Almighty Allah
through His signs is the key to a firm belief in Him. He always urged
men to use their minds to acquire knowledge for their own benefit. If
one studies the verses of the Holy Qur'an, one encounters all the verses
of Allah's signs addressed to those people who are wise, who may consider,
who know, who receives admonition, who reflect, who may understand,
men of understanding who are imbued with understanding and so on to
emphasize the function of the
mind - the main peculiarity of mankind.
Islam encourages scientific
researches and all kinds of study in order to attain the truth. One
must understand that there is no contradiction between science (in its
Divine forms) and the Divine Reality of Allah, Likewise, there should
be no conflict between the religion (Al-Islam) and the Divine facts
of science. All science should lead towards proof of the Oneness of
The Creator -The Almighty Allah. The Prophet in a saying of his
compared the man of knowledge with the one of ignorance as he Muhammad
(sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said; "The difference between
the greatness of a man of knowledge and an ignorant devotee is like
the difference of the light of the moon and the light of the stars.”
Not only this, but he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also said; "Surely
the men of knowledge are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets
did not leave ‘wealth’ as inheritance, rather Knowledge." Also
he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If Allah desires good for
someone, He endows him with a deeper understanding of the religion”.
From this, it is understood that religion means all aspects of life.
He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also emphasized in another saying
that the understanding of the Holy Qur’an as the guidance of life
and the main source of all kinds of knowledge by his statement (sallallahu
‘alayhi wa sallam); “The best among you are those who learn the
Qur’an and teach it to others.” If Muslims are ordained by
Allah to seek knowledge – all knowledge – and if the Holy Qur’an
is the main source of all knowledge, it follows that it is very important
to learn the language of the Holy Qur’an – The Arabic Language.
The Arabic language is a sacred
language. It is spoken daily in many parts of the world and used in
many facets of human interactions including administration, commercial
and scientific. It stands seventh among international languages
in terms of the vast numbers of those speaking it. The foremost are
Chinese, English, Russian, German, Spanish and Japanese. But the
Arabic language is the largest of all in relation to vocabulary used
and the accuracy/specificity of expression.
I am not speaking about the
advantages of the Arabic language. In fact, I wish to point out some
of its virtues and importance for all Muslims.
(a) It is the language of the
(b) The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu
‘alayhi wa sallam) said; "I love the Arabs because I am Arab,
the Qur'an is in Arabic, and the language in heaven (Paradise) is in
(c) A Muslim scholar said;
"Whosoever loves Allah must love His Apostle, and whosoever loves
the Apostle must love the Arabs, and whosoever loves the Arabs must
love their language, the language of the Holy Qur'an."
(d) The Muslim must learn Arabic
in order to perform his worship (prayer and supplications). Therefore
many scholars, like Ibn Taymiyyah for instance, considered the learning
of Arabic an obligation (Wajib) for every Muslim.
(e) Arabic is not a contemporary
language. It is one of the oldest languages and will last forever
because it is the language of the Holy Qur'an which Allah has guaranteed
forever as mentioned in The Glorious Book:
“Verily! We have without
doubt, revealed the Reminder, and verily We are its Guardian”. (15:9)
(f) Two years ago it became
one of the official languages of the United Nations, which confirms
its importance and bright future.
I mention these few thoughts
concerning the Holy Qur’an and the Arabic language on this occasion
of the opening of the Islamic Education Leadership Course to emphasize
the importance of this aspect of education for Muslims.
I ask my brothers who are attending this course to pay more attention and use greater effort to gain the knowledge and to take advantage of this opportunity so as to be able to help others. By your knowledge you may surpass the others, as Allah says[s39 v 9]:
"Say (unto them, O Muhammad) are those who know equal to those who know not? But only men of understanding will pay heed". In conclusion, I urge the other Organizations and Masajid in Guyana to arrange such courses/programs in order to fulfil their duties and to obtain the pleasure of Allah.