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Vocabulary of The Qur’an

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The course/book, 80% of Qur’anic Words was written by Dr. Abdulazeez Abdulraheem, may Allâh reward him with good.  The objective is assist the seeker in understanding the Qur’ân through the memorisation of an array of the vocabulary therein.  Bear in mind, the course doesn’t really teach you any grammar or morphology (you may pick some up through the memorisation and patterns), nor does it teach you how to use certain words, it’s all about memorising words and drilling them into your brain, in order to understand the Qur’ân.  The last set of pages cover some verb conjugation which seemed pretty useful too.

Having said that, understanding the Qur’ân is our main and primary objective for which we study the Arabic language.  So while we may be put off in that this course is not in-depth or comprehensive, it shouldn’t be difficult to memorise a page a day.  Perhaps by doing so you will understand the Qur’ân more than you will in spending the same amount of time through the pursuit of a more popular Arabic course.

Of course, we all have our preferences and our long and short-term goals.  If a short-term goal of yours is to increase khushû` in prayer and to understand the Qur’ân as it is recited, have a look at this book.  If it is for you then alhamdulillâh, if not then again, alhamdulillâh.

80% of Qur’anic Vocabulary


E.W. Lane Comments on the Astounding Memory of the Arabs

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Many of the Arabs have been remarkable for a tenacity of memory almost miraculous. Several of them are related to have composed and dictated from memory large works, including even lexicons.  At school, they generally learn the whole of the Kur-an by heart, aided to do so by its being composed in rhyming prose; and many students, among them, when unable to purchase works necessary to them, borrow such works, a portion at a time, from the libraries of the mosques, and commit their entire contents to memory. Hence, in numerous instances, the variations in copies of the same Arabic work ; copies being often written from the dictation of persons who have learned a work by heart.

Taken from the preface (page xiii) of Arabic~English Lexicon by E.W. Lane.

Methods of Memorization in Mauritania

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Mâ shâ’ Allâh, this is an excellent and detailed account of the renowned Mauritanian method of memorisation/hifdh.

Methods of Memorization in Mauritania

by: Abu Umar Abdul ‘Aziz

Al-Hamdu lillaah, we praise Allah and seek His aid and forgiveness. May the Salah and the Salam be upon the Messenger of Allah, and upon his family and companions and all who follow his path with goodness until the Day of Judgment.

To proceed:

Once, the great scholar and grammarian, Shaykh Muhammad Salim al-‘Udud ash-Shinqiti of Mauritania was attending a meeting for the international jurisprudence council in Cairo Egypt. After the meeting, the Shaykh went out with an Egyptian scholar to have dinner and converse with. During the course of the modest dinner, lively discussion took place about the various differences between Mauritania, a large extremely poor country situated in the Sahara desert, and the fairly developed and modern Egypt. The two scholars discussed the methods of Islamic study in both countries and this led the Egyptian scholar to jokingly ask him, “Which scholars are more knowledgeable, the scholars of Egypt or the scholars of Mauritania?”

In response to the question, Shaykh Muhammad Salim said: ” Your scholars are more knowledgeable in the day time, and our scholars are more knowledgeable in the night.”

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