Arabic: Is it a divine language?

Q44 :Should Arabic be considered a divine language, being the language of the Qur'an and the Sunnah? Should it be made compulsory for all Muslims throughout the world? Is it true that Islamic scriptures cannot be understood properly except in Arabic?


A44 : No. Arabic is a human language. It is true that Allah has chosen it for His final message of mankind. Moreover, the Prophet expressed his Sunnah in Arabic, his mother tongue. But this is as far as it goes. Arabic is a language of human beings. That Allah has chosen a human language for His message is perfectly logical, because His message is meant for human beings. As for making it compulsory for all Muslims, this is a rather complex question. It is Allah who has made us speak different languages. He says in the Qur'an that this is one of His signs which manifest the greatness of His creation. He puts it on the same level as other signs such as the creation of the heavens and the earth. He says: "And of His signs are the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and your complexions. In all that there are signs for those who are endowed with knowledge." (30;22). What is required of every Muslim is to be able to read the surah entitled "Al-Fatihah" and some other passages of the Qur'an in Arabic to enable him to offer his prayers. However, it is to the advantage of every Muslim to understand Arabic, because that would enable him to have a better insight into his faith. There is no doubt that you will understand the Qur'an and the Sunnah better, if you know Arabic. This applies to any work which you may be able to read in its original language or in translation. No translation could give an exact meaning of the original text because of the different associations and connotations of the words used in each language.


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