The importance of Arabic in Islam

Arabic is the language that Allah used to give us the Quran, so is very special to the Islamic faith. But there are many more reasons why Arabic is important in Islam

When you pray and recite the Quran, you do this in Arabic, even when it is not your native language. Arabic is the common language that is a unifying force promoting unity and friendship amongst all Muslims around the world. When you hear the Quran or take part in salah in another country with a different mother tongue to your own, you will not feel excluded due to the change in language. When Arabic is used in Muslim supplication and prayer no matter where you are, a unity between all Muslims is achieved.

Each word in Arabic often has many meanings. When Arabic is translated, the multiple meanings are lost. The message within the translation may be there, but the finer points will be lost.

A translation of the Quran is only an interpretation of the meaning of the Quran. A translation is the Quran through the understanding of an interpreter. It can bring you near to understanding what Allah is saying but does not offer the full clarity and detail that Arabic does.

Some translations add the translators commentary into the text. This commentary can then falsely appear as if it is part of the words of Allah.

When you are relying on a translation of the Quran, it is helpful to research the different translations available. Try to find the translation which is closest to the Arabic original.

It is good to remember that when you put in the effort and struggle to read and recite the Quran, Allah rewards you.

The blessings of the Quran do not come through reciting it like a parrot without understanding it (Quran 62:5)

You receive blessings from the Quran when you are able to understand its message and apply this message to your life. Even learning the basics of Arabic will help you to understand the Quran in greater depth. Prayers are more blessed when you have made the effort to understand the Arabic that you are praying.

A student of Islam who does not speak Arabic will need to spend a great deal of time and energy to learn the Arabic language.

The vast majority of Muslims do not understand Arabic. Increasingly Muslims are taking Arabic classes at their masjid, online and elsewhere. They are being blessed with increased understanding when they read the Quran and other Arabic sacred texts.

However if you wait to read the Quran until you have a good understanding of Arabic, you will be wasting time that you could have spent beginning to understand it! You can gain valuable understanding when you read a translation of the Quran. As you become more proficient in Arabic you will be able to add to your understanding as you are able to read straight from the original text.

The Quran is the words of Allah, this is what makes it miraculous. As Allah chose to speak to us in Arabic it will forever be the sacred language of Islam!

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Assessment

 

Pupils will be assessed throughout the year. Monitoring and assessment will involve:

 

Continual teacher assessment (formative and summative);

 

Record kept centrally as well as in pupils’ home work dairy;

 

End of Term Tests;

 

Competitions.

 

Parents are informed with reports twice a year on progress, targets, effort, homework and behavior. There will be parents meeting held throughout the year to give parents the opportunity to come in and have a one-to-one meeting with the child’s teacher. This will give parents an opportunity to receive feedback regarding the pupils’ progress. We will also send progress reports during the year.
Homework diaries are an integral part of our teaching and learning strategy. As usual it is used to set and record weekly homework. Most importantly it is a means of regular communication between teachers and parents in regards to the pupils’ learning and progress.
 

Arabic Language

 

In the last hour of the day, children will be studying Arabic Language. Our aim is for children to speak and understand Arabic language fluently in order for them to access the Quran and sacred knowledge to a much deeper level. The Arabic lesson will mainly comprised of speaking & listening, writing and comprehension. Older children will be studying from the Madinah Arabic Reader book & Gateway to Arabic. The books are well structured and are designed to teach Arabic in a non Arabic speaking environment to learners from a broad age range.
Curricular
Subjects covered
Reading, writing, speaking and listening
The course is designed to build a sound foundation for children to progress onto intermediate level in Arabic language. Basic level includes alphabets vocabulary bank, grouping words and common phrases Intermediate level also includes constructing sentences, basic grammar, practicing conversations and comprehension exercises.
 
Islamic Studies

In this part of the lesson we are dedicated to exclusively teaching Islamic studies. Pupil from the age of five and above will be studying from Islamic educational books which cover a wide range of subjects including Aqidah, Fiqh and Akhlaaq. Books have been carefully selected by OLIVE TREE management as they come in different grades and they are colorful, high quality and packed full of creative activities to make learning fun and enjoyable.
Children who are in the ‘early learning foundation’ (under 5’s) will be primarily learning through constructive play. It will also involve singing nasheed, storytelling, role play, hands on activities and so on.
Curricular
Subjects covered
Details
Islam
Shahada, Salah, Sawm, Zakat,
Hajj and Seerah
This area will cover the details relating to the matter of jurisprudence (fiqh) and also details of the life stories of all the Prophets (PBUT).
Iman
Tawheed, Angels. Holy books,
Messengers, Hereafter, Qadar
and Day of Judgement
This section will cover the fundementals of Aqeeda, it will encourage the pupil to continuously ponder, reflect and reason.
Ihsaan
Akhlaaq, Aadaab, Tarbeeya,
Sincerity and Self-discipline
This area aims to develop an Islamic character that will strive for beauty and perfection in ones prayer, daily actions, interaction with humanity and the environment.
 
Part 1 – Levels
Recitation
Foundation – Level 1
Qidah, Makhraj, alphabet, vowels, connecting letters and words and short sentences.
Intermediate – Level 2
Juzz Amma, reading long sentences, picking up an average speed, ettiquete of recitation of the Quran and Tajweed rules.
Higher – Level 3
Fluent Quran reading, madd far’ee part 1, nun saki and tanween rules, meem sakin rules, basic characterises of letters, rules of starting and stopping recitation.
Advance – Level 4
Quran, speed reading, advanced Tajweed rules, completion of madd far’ee part 2, rules of the letter Ra, rules of the letter Laam and detailed characteristics of letters.
 
Part 1 – Levels
Memorisation
Foundation – Level 1
Surah Al-Fathia to Surah Al-Feel.
Intermediate – Level 2
Surah Al-Humazaa to Al-Gashiyah.
Higher – Level 3
Surah Al-A’la to Surah Amma.
Advance – Level 4
Surah Mulk, Surah Ya-Seen, Surah Ar-Rahman and Surah Waqiah.