When he wakes up, enters and exits the toilet, eats and drinks, leaves the house, starts a job until finally when he goes back to sleep, every single job he does, begins with the prayers taught by our beloved Prophet Muhammad saw in Arabic language.
So consciously or not a Muslim has started speaking Arabic from a young age. Arabic is a wasilah for a Muslim to understand the remembrance and prayers recited.
Arabic is also a wasilah for a Muslim to be diligent in his prayers.
This is as Allah says in surah Al-Mu’minun, verses 1 to 2
“Prosperous indeed are the believers, those who are sincere in their prayers.”
How can we achieve piety in our prayers and tadabbur the holy verses of the Qur’an without understanding the beautiful languages of this Qur’an which is the greatest miracle of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
Prophet Muhammad has left us for centuries, yet his eternal miracles are left to us to guide our lives.
Allah s.w.t chose Arabic from millions of other languages to show that this Arabic language has a privilege, as Allah says in surah Yusuf, verse 2:
“Verily, We have sent it down in the form of the Qur’an in Arabic, that you may understand.”
In surah as-Syu’ara verse 195, Allah says:
“The Qur’an is in clear Arabic.”
Arabic is easy to learn, even Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah once said, especially related to learning Arabic in order to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah:
“Arabic is an integral part of religion, and understanding and learning Arabic is an obligation, because understanding the Al-Quran and As-Sunnah is obligatory, and it is not possible for Al-Quran and As-Sunnah to be understood except with language. Arab. ”
While Imam Hasan al-Banna bequeathed to us, “Try to speak in Fushah Arabic because the Fushah language is part of the Islamic syiar.”
For those who have small children, let there be seeds in our children to love the Arabic language, the language of the Al-Quran, as the saying goes, let the bamboo bend from the shoot. Language absorption should start at a young age.
Yet in our living in a country where English is the most important and dominant language in which we communicate in addition to our own mother tongue, learning and speaking in Arabic may be set aside just like that.
Also, some parents feel that it is quite difficult to practice except for those with the language background.
Parents can try the following ways and tips to ensure that our children continue to love the language of the Quran without pushing the era of globalization moving forward.
First: Mastering the letters of the Qur’an, reading well and reciting tajweed is the first step to loving this language.
Second: Write and paste the basic words that they always use such as مرسم (pencil), قلم (pen), سرير (bed) and so on in their place and belongings, let it be two to three weeks later changed with other words alternately. In this way indirectly, the eye sees, the tongue reads and the brain is recorded in the mind.
Third: The next step, encourage them to use the word in simple and short sentences in Arabic even as concise as this: هذا مرسمٌ, which carries meaning; “This is a pencil”. Give sincere praise if they are able to do so. Young children easily grasp and memorize a lot of vocabulary in various languages. Don’t restrict their abilities.
Yet this treasury will disappear just like that, if not taught and directed by older people, especially parents in its use. Apply the words obtained in short, simple sentences. In this way the child is more motivated to appreciate this language more.
Fourth; By the time they are about 9 years old, the child is already getting older to better understand, prepare a small notebook like a notebook, teach them to write down new words they are interested in whether they get it from the madrasah or from the mosque’s weekly school or wherever Arabic can be found.
No need to use an element of emphasis or coercion, having them jot down the words they like and draw from their point of view is better than being forced to write down all the new words they come across.
Parents can respond by checking their notebooks without their knowledge and try to use the words they wrote informally by asking in various ways, in this way when the child is able to answer, it will indirectly increase their motivation to love the language.
The words of the Prophet s.a.w:
“We the Prophets are commanded to place men according to their stages and speak to them according to their intellect.”
I am sure that when a child has begun to love the Arabic language that has been instilled by their parents at home, indirectly the child will automatically appreciate the language and thirst for it again and again.
Our job as parents is simply to inject them to love the language of the Quran.
Asatizah in the madrasah will fertilize and water it so that it becomes fertile. When love has sprouted, it will bloom beautifully by itself, God willing.
For all, remember the message of the companion of Umar Ibn Khattab r.a:
“Be enthusiastic in learning Arabic, because indeed Arabic is part of your religion.”
At the end of the day,“Love the Arabic language because of three things. First, that I (Prophet Muhammad) am an Arab. Secondly, that the Qur’an is Arabic and the third language of the dwellers of paradise in paradise is Arabic. ” (History of at-Thabrani).
Author of asatizah at Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah.