Dr. Pasha’s Arabic Language and Cultural Immersion Sessions -- Lesson 46
The Real Textbook for the Revolution
If you do not read what I write in these so-called Lessons, and do so most carefully,
you may be wasting everyone’s time in our sessions!
- The Arabic Language and Cultural Revolution that you all call Class has a Real Textbook. Its name is the Qur’an.
- I am not interested in anything less than the Qur’an. For, the Qur’an gives me more than anything else I have tried.
And I am not interested in anything other the Qur’an. For, the Qur’an gives me everything I need and want.
- If you ask me, the fact is that there is nothing more than the Qur’an.
- And nothing outside the Qur’an.
So, who would want to exchange what is most wonderful, precious and useful in every way for what is less and otherwise. Just as the Qur’an says:
“Why would you want to give up something that is most precious
in exchange for something that is much, much less?”
Surah Al-Baqarah, Aayah 61
Here are the words of the Qur’an:
A Tastabdiloonalladhee Huwa Adnaa Billadhee Huwa Khayir.
- Kindly check this Aayat Karimah -- and every other Aayat we discuss or I make reference to in any way -- in the Mushaf word by word.
- Pick any word from those Aayaat (plural). Find that word in your Mu’jam. Find the Aayat in the Mu’ajam. THEN go to the Mushaf and find the Aayat.
- Identify all the Nouns and all the Verbs in the aayat.
- And other Kalimaat -- words -- that you cannot identify clearly as either Verb or Noun.
- Arabic Language is two things: Nouns and Verbs.
- Plus some other words you may not be able to easily assign to either category.
- Do Tilaawat (reading aloud) of the Aayat as often as you can.
- And in as beautiful a voice as you can.
- In a sense, Sing the Aayat -- without making it sound like a song.
- Return to the Mu’jam and see how many forms those words take -- the way they have been entered in Mu’jam. The words in the Aayats you are checking and studying.
- Understand that this is an Open-Ended process. So, take it as far as your Interest and your Motivation will take you.
- And as far as the strength and energy in your body, mind and spirit will allow you to go.
- Do not forget that learning the Language of Allah is the business of your Soul that pervades your entire being, and not just of the lump of neural mass in your cranium.
- So, that means you will learn Allah’s Language Arabic as fast or as slow, and as much or as little, as the Capacity and State and Condition of your Soul will allow you to do it.
- And as easily or with all kinds of difficulty and challenges.
- Continually Inspect the state of your Nafs. To see how robust or under control it is.
- The stronger and healthier your Nafs, the harder Allah’s Language Arabic will be for you.
Find following Du’a and read it as often as you can:
Na’oozu Billahi Min Shuroori Anfusinaa,
Wa Min Sayyi-aati A’maalinaa!
- And recite Astaghfirullah as often as you can. It is a Detox for the Soul.