I haven’t posted about Arabic for a while on here. R does Arabic 3 days a week and on those days she only does one other academic subject and her normal daily Quran murajaah and hifdh as I want it to be intense Arabic lessons.
I believe Arabic is very very important for our children. I was at a course a few months ago and the Sheikh was saying that, ‘Non Arabs give up too easily when it comes to learning Quran and Arabic.’ He even went as far as to say ‘Shame on non Arabs who have been Muslim for many years or practising for many years and do not know how to read the Quran’. It hit me hard but it was so true. Alhamdulillah, I can read Quran but my Arabic is very very VERY basic. I can see now how limited my connection with Allah is due to not understanding Arabic. But the least I can do is give that to my children inshaAllah.
Alhamdulillah, Allah has blessed us with the advantage of my husband speaking fluent Arabic but anyone who is married to an Arab knows the struggle to get them to speak in Arabic to the children or even to do some Arabic work. I think it would be less of a struggle to do it ourselves!
It pains me when I see sisters give up so easily and choose another language to teach their children instead of the language of the Quran. Why should we give up? There are so many courses, tutors online and in person. This is my opinion – but if we don’t strive and struggle to teach our childen Arabic we are seriously depriving them of a) a true understanding of the Quran – which is a criterion for their life, b) a deeper understanding of their religion.
I know as a nonArab how I struggle to attain khushoo based on the poor translation of what I say in my salah, how I struggle to really relate to the Quran etc. Do I want this for my children? No way!
At the end of the day, everything I teach them whether it is academics, Islamic Studies, hifdh – it is all preparation for them for the next eternal life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Arabic is the be-all and end-all. It isn’t – the many non practising Arabs are proof of that. But what I do hope is that in addition to guiding them to be practising with knowledge of the Arabic language will surely aid them in developing a thorough and deep attachment to Allah’s book and Allah azzawa jaal Himself.
It is a struggle for many – but we shouldn’t give it up. I believe it is one of the rights of our children to learn this language. And just as we struggle in many other areas such as teaching them to read, Math, taking them to swimming classes etc, then so must we exert effort if not more so, in them attaining this wonderful language.
May Allah help us all. Ameen.