Mama, I can’t speak Arabic.
Yes, I am among the millions who were not born with the Arabic tongue and had faced a lot of struggles in learning it. Alhamdulillaah for every hardship that brings us closer to Allaah Azza Wa Jall.
Today, i encountered these words uttered by Omar Suleiman:
“Talk to Allah in your own language with your heart fully present. Allah doesn’t need you to rhyme or speak arabic.”
These very words truly reminded me of my mom’s (Allaah ye7ama) words that pioneered my venture to learning the beautiful language of the Qur’aan, Arabic.
So, I want to share somethings that made me fell in love with the language of the Qur’aan and i pray that somehow you can find the motivation you need in between the lines of this story. in sha Allaah.
Once, during our visit to the Blessed Place of Makkah, I was aged 13 and I was too overwhelmed with the arabic language that I really cried asking my mother if Allaah Azza Wa Jall would still hear & understand my prayers when I do not speak Arabic.
My mom, with her beautiful way of comforting me, laughed softly and told me, Yes, He can understand any language, He is Al Aleem, The All Knowing then after making me feel better she then advised me to learn the Arabic language.
She said: "When we come home, i want you to learn Arabic, then teach me."
Subhan’Allaah. It is just when I started learning it that I realized that my mother wanted me to learn Arabic so when i teach her, i would gain the ajr. She wanted to give me that honor. Subhan’Allaah. May Allaah Azza Wa Jall bless and forgive our mothers. Amin
It was not until i turned 21 that i was able to learn Arabic. Yes, it takes a lot of patience and years of waiting. I had to go get done with my secular studies until i could find a Shaikha to learn the Qur’aan with. Alhamdulillaah for those years that He taught me how to deal and accept life with the belief in His Qadr.
Even now that I am 23, after being able to write and read Arabic, i am still learning the language. It is by these very words of my mother that I am still eager and motivated to learn more; words that are among the top notch bearers of motivation and inspiration in my heart.
Learning arabic is hard yet very informative and fulfilling, the words are rooted in deep meanings subhan’Allaah, the more you learn it the more you get to be drowned with it’s grandeur. subhan’Allaah.
Yes, there were times that I would go cry because my Shaikha only spoke Arabic and a dialect which was unfamiliar to me and that explaining it to me became harder as we went into deeper lessons, but truly Allaah Azza Wa Jall helps those who seek of His Help. It was a beautiful journey because in the end I was able to teach my Shaikha english and I was able to learn Arabic. Alhamdulillaah.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t teach my mother as it was during my early studies with Arabic & Qur’aan that she journeyed back to Her Lord.
Actually it was her who was teaching me because whenever I didn’t understand the words my Shaikha would explain to me in that dialect i didn’t understand, i would run to my mother and let her explain, and my beautiful mother would patiently explain to me and answer every question i would ask, even if i repeatedly asked her, and those days she was already ill but that didn’t stop her from giving me and sharing me the wisdom and knowledge Allaah Azza Wa Jall has bestowed upon her. Alhamdulillaah.
When she passed away, I wouldn’t deny the fact that I thought that my learning of it had no purpose anymore but then again I remembered why she wanted me to learn it, that it was for the reward of Allaah Azza Wa Jall & to journey closer to Him, so again after a month I was able to regain the main purpose of learning it, to fully understand the word of Allaah Azza Wa Jall and put it to my heart.
By then I realized, with every word i recited/read, recite/read and will recite/read, the ajr reaches her by the Grace of Allaah Azza Wa Jall, for I know she was the person whom Allaah Azza Wa Jall had chosen to have pushed, encouraged, inspired me to learn and place in my heart the love for the Qur’aan.
Indeed our mothers are but a mercy from Allaah Azza Wa Jall, so comfort them with love and affection and never utter a word of dispute with them for no one can pay back the pain of a mother delivering her child.
This post is dedicated to my fellow non-Arabic speaking brothers and sisters in Islam, let not the thought of not being able to speak in Arabic stop you from calling upon Allaah Azza Wa Jall but also let not this very thought stop you from learning the language of the Qur’aan.
Please learn it and i am not saying this because I have learnt it but because it is one of the best ways to become closer to Allaah Azza Wa Jall, by falling in love with His Words, again and deeper with every word well explained and understood.
Indeed, I have waited 21 years before Allaah Azza Wa Jall bestowed upon me the chance to learn this beautiful language, finding the Shaikha was way so hard that only Allaah Azza Wa Jall knows and knew what i went through until I found her. Alhamdulillaah. It was hardships upon hardships and Alhamdulillaah for each one.
No matter what age you have, if you are a revert, or a born Muslim, it doesn’t label you anything but a Muslim and it is an Honor for you to accept and make effort to learn this beautiful gift from Allaah Azza Wa Jall.
My brothers and sisters in Islam, I am sincerely asking and encouraging you to learn Arabic and the Qur’aan, find all the access that would help you learn about it, go to a local masjid and ask the imam, ask your parents to enroll you to a madrasah, do what it takes to please your Lord. Young or old, Allaah Azza Wa Jall helps you, so help yourself as well by putting His Words in your heart.
One of the best things I got from it also is that feeling that you know exactly what Sura the Imam recites when he leads prayer, adding up that you know what it means, subhan’Allaah brings about such a wonderful method of attaining Khushoo in salah. Alhamdulillaah.
Listen, there are people who struggle to learn this language, if you know the language then realize the wonder of it, teach, help someone to learn it, share it’s beauty, gain the ajr. in sha Allaah. And if you are one of among those who struggles, then struggle with honor my dear brother and sister, for in Allaah Azza Wa Jall lies your reward.
So dear soul, when you are given sources upon sources to learn this language, won’t you make use of it?
and we pray that Allaah Azza Wa Jall gives us the opportunity and chance to learn this beautiful language so we could become closer to him and attain intimate khushoo in our salah. Amin
Also, please find time to pray for the soul of my mother, May Allaah Azza Wa Jall forgive her all her sins and grant her Jannah. Amin