Dr. Pasha's Arabic Language and Cultural Immersion Sessions -- Lesson 64
Or whatever the correct number happens to be. And of course the obvious question, who will read any of what I write. And who, if anyone, will tell me they did and what it is all about.
As for Arabic Language, the more I think, the clearer it becomes to me that our Aslaaf -- the great Ulemaa, Mufassireen, Fuqahaa, Muhadditheen, Lughawiyyeen, Nahwiyyee and others of their kind -- were right.
The way I feel about Arabic Language is pretty much the way they seem to have felt.
They seem to have been of the view that Arabic Language is language of Qur'an and Sunnah, which are the pathway to Allah and key to human salvation right here in this world as well as in the next world.
That makes Arabic Language an Ibaadah (singular): as much as any other Ibaadaat (plural) taught to us by Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And that means, people need to approach Arabic Language with the same Niyyaat, Khushoo and Khuzdoo with which they approach other Ibaadaat.
And all Ibaadaat (plural) should be performed with the full knowledge and conviction that we are in the presence of Allah and that either we are seeing him or, as is always the case, he is seeing us.
An Ta'budallaha Ka-Annaka Taraahu,
Fa-in Lam Takum Taraahu,
Lesson # 63, if that is the correct number, is simple and short:
a. Learn and memorize the names of all the 30 Juz of the Qur'an.
b. Learn and memorize the names of all the 114 Suwar (plural for Surah) of the Qur'an.
c. Learn and memorize the names of Almighty Allah!
This is Ilm. And Islam is about Ilm!
And Ilm, you should know, means knowledge and learning which are mandatory in Islam.
Qur'an is clear: The very purpose (Maqsad) of Islam is Ilm.
d. Reflect carefully about the meaning of words you learn whether it is the names of Surahs (Suwar) or names of Ajzaa (plural for Juz) of Qur'an, or names of Almighty Allah!
This is about Aql and Tadabbur and Tafakkur,
And these expressions in different ways all refer to understanding and thinking and reflection, which are also all mandatory in Islam.
Now, you have uncovered one very visible, clear and obvious secret to present Muslim Life: Why Muslims live in the sad and desperate situation in which they do.
In general, Muslims neither have, nor do they desire, nor do they seek or work to have or acquire, a high degree of knowledge and understanding about Islam.
Or pretty much about anything else.