So you’re finally convinced that you need to put some serious effort into learning Arabic for the purpose of understanding the Quran for the sake of Allah alone? Great, I’ve got just the resources for you to benefit from. Actually, links to resources you can readily download and start reaping the benefits from right away.
Learning Arabic isn’t super hard. It’s relatively easy. Particularly the Arabic you need to understand the Quran. The Arabic in the Quran is classical Arabic from the time of the Prophet (ﷺ). In the Quran, Allah says that He has made the Quran easy to understand. For everyone. Arabs, non-Arabs, Muslims, and non-Muslims alike. And this has exactly been my own experience. Once you put your mind to it, you can learn the Arabic that lets you grasp about 80% of the Quran fairly quickly. The somewhat more difficult passages/words are very few and do require some additional study and care, but it can be done within a short period of time, with the help of Allah.
Arabic language learning builds upon itself. Each level of study represents a building block. If you develop a good foundation in Arabic, inshaaAllah you will benefit from it the rest of your life. Spend enough time learning the Arabic alphabet from a qualified teacher. This will ensure you get the right pronunciation and recognize and articulate each letter properly.
Here’s my personal recommendation for the sequence of study for Arabic: if you’re an absolute beginner, start at the very beginning. If you can already read Arabic, skip to the next steps accordingly.
1) The Arabic Alphabet
2) How to join the letters to form words
These are the foundations of the Arabic language. Learn these well to build the rest of your Arabic language learning on a strong foundation. I recommend using Imam Zia’s Quran & Arabic for Absolute Beginners course (available on YouTube for FREE) for this purpose. It’s a good refresher even if you already know most of this material.
3) About the Sentence Structure and Grammar
The best course for learning Arabic, Grammar and Vocabulary, based on my experience, is the Madina Arabic Course which follows the famous books/workbooks etc. The best class for this course that is taught in English is on YouTube:
You can download the books here:
4) Learning to read with Tajweed
Tajweed is the proper way of reciting the Quran according to the correct rules. The Best course that I know of for learning Tajweed is available on YouTube:
5) The vocabulary of the Quran
There are some wonderful resources available for learning the words used in the Quran. Take a look at these:
6) The meanings and Tafseer
Finally, bringing all of the above together, we strive to learn the meanings and the Tafseer of the Quran. One of the most accessible and best ones of the classical Tafseer is by Ibn Katheer Rahimahullah:
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