Friday sermon: Arabic is the language of the Quran

'And our Arabic language is a fixed pillar of our identity and it is the tool that registered our thoughts and civilisation from a long time.' the sermon says.

Every civilisation should be proud of its language, and Allah has honoured the Arabic language by making it the language of the Quran.

“Societies develop through their ideas, and nations have pride in their languages ... therefore, every prophet spoke the language of his people,” says Friday’s sermon.

As a verse from the Quran says: “And we never sent a messenger save with the language of his folk, that he might make [the message] clear for them.

“And our Arabic language is a fixed pillar of our identity and it is the tool that registered our thoughts and civilisation for a long time,” the sermon says.

The Arabic language is the language of prayers, thikir and Quran recitation, which is why it is essential to master.

“The Quran is only read in Arabic, and Sharia has forbidden errors in reading it because that would change the meaning,” the sermon explains. “Therefore, the Prophet’s companions used to focus on Arabic as much as they focused on the Quran and sunnah, and taught it to their children.”

Teaching children Arabic is a shared responsibility between the family and the school, as parents play a great role in enforcing it by speaking it at home.

“And the teacher by portraying Arabic in its most beautiful form.”

Reading Arabic books, poetry and looking up the history of Arabs and attending lectures are all methods for mastering the language and gaining a sense of belonging.

As Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Our Arabic language is a living, rich, lively language. It preserved its authenticity for more than 2,000 years, and it has the speciality of keeping up with the present and the future.”

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: December 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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