Language of the Qur’an (Arabic)

Posted on March 8, 2010


Language of the Qur’an (Arabic)

The best way to understand the Qur’an is to read and contemplate the Arabic verses, not the Translations (however close they may come to the Original Arabic Text in Meaning). It is similar as in the case where directly speaking in English to a person is better than having an intermediary translator, as the chances of him misunderstanding the first person is more in the latter. So, to best understand the Qur’an, we need to learn and know the language of the Qur’an, i.e. “Arabic”.

Arabic is a very rich language. Words, in Arabic, tend to have more than one meaning based on the context of the sentence. It is very important to note that Allah’s (Subhana wa Ta’ala) choice of Words was for a Divine Purpose and not just by chance. There were many other choices of words He could have chosen, but He chose the ones that carried far deeper meanings in them that only Science today was able to unveil and confirm. These Words were used by Allah (Subhana wa Ta’ala) to describe how He, the Almighty, created the Universe and many of the Creations in it. The Holy Words are in perfect harmony with Science and also with the way the Universe was truly created by Allah (Subhana wa Ta’ala). The challenge Qur’an presented to the Arabs was:

“Say, ‘If the mankind and the jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one other.’” [13]

This Book “Qur’an” certainly stood the test of time for more than 1400 years with its Claims, Prophecies and Miraculous language eloquence.[14] And it continues to stay as such, with its overwhelming agreement with science and the discoveries that were not known to man 1400 years ago.

[13] The Noble Qur’an, Surah al-Isra’ Ch.17, Verse 88

[14] The textual proof of the miraculous nature of the Glorious Qur’an is the fact that the Glorious Qur’an was revealed in a period that extended more than twenty years, challenging the most eloquent of all mankind.
{Let them then produce a recital like unto it (the Qur’an) if they are truthful}. (At-Tur, 34)
Allah the Almighty says: {Say: Bring you the ten forged Surahs (chapters) like unto it}. (Hud, 13)
Allah the Almighty says: {Say: Bring then a Surah (chapter) like unto it}. (Yunus, 38)
But, they could not do it, though they were keen on refuting and rejecting it with all their power and might. Though the Qur’an’s characters and words are Arabic – their mother tongue – with which they used to communicate, and in which they used to compete, they could not challenge or even imitate it. The Glorious Qur’an declared their incapability of challenging its miraculous nature in the verse that reads,
{Say: If the mankind and the Jinn were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another}. (Al-Isra’, 88)
Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) says: “Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed, but what I have given Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets on the Day of Resurrection.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Countless numbers of scholars and scientists wrote on various aspects of the miraculous nature of the Glorious Qur’an. They tried hard to tackle its wording, meanings, news of the ancients, and news of the unseen, but all they could get is like what a small sparrow can get with its pointed beak from the great ocean!”
Taken from 200 FAQ on Muslim Belief by Sheikh Hafiz Ibn Ahmed Al Hakami)

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