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Studying Nahw: Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen

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Taken from, translated by sister Amatullah may Allâh reward her with good.

Studying Nahw: Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen.


Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen rahimahullah says:

The science of nahw (grammar) is a noble science tha is a means to two important things:

  1. Having an understanding of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). Comprehension of these two will give one understanding and knowledge of grammar.
  2. Establishing the tongue upon the Arabic language that the words of Allah were revealed in; this is why having an understanding of nahw is a very important matter. Although, nahw in the beginning stages is difficult to comprehend, it becomes easier in the end. The similitude is given: a house of straw, but a door of iron, meaning it is difficult to get inside, but once you are in, everything is easy for you. This is why it is necessary for the people to have a strong desire and motivation during the beginning stages of learning until it becomes easier upon them in the end.

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The Importance of Nahw and Sarf

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An excellent set of notes highlighting the importance of nahw and sarf and how changes of a harakah in the Qur’an can be very serious.  May Allaah reward the brother and sister who put these together for their efforts and granting me permission to share this.

NAHW: focuses on words and the harakah on the last letter of each word in a sentence

SARF: focuses on how different words are conjugated from one source and defines the harakah of every letter in a word except the last letter

How did the science of nahw come about? During the caliphate of ‘Ali ibn Abee Taalib, radhiyallaahu ‘anhu, a Bedouin man came from the desert to the town and was praying behind one of the Imaams and the Imaam was reciting soorah at-Tawbah and when he recited the following aayah:

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More Lessons on Al-Ajurrumiyyah

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Shaykh Muhammad Al-Malikî (Jeddah, KSA) has taught Al-Âjurrûmiyyah in English.  There are around 100 lessons/files, with an additional number of revision and exam preparation lectures, which seem to be in Arabic.  Please mind the annoying adverts as the brother who uploaded this (may Allâh reward him and the Shaykh) is hosting his files at

Al-Âjurrûmiyyah English Durûs – Shaykh Al-Malikî

Mandhumah Al-Ajurrumiyyah of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abb

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I have uploaded two new files, the text of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abb Ash-Shinqîtî’s (`Ubayd Rabbihi) poem on Al-Âjurrûmiyyah and an audio file for the one who wishes to memorise the poem, or at least read it correctly.  For those viewing Abu Taubah’s explanation of the poem (Lessons on Al-Ajurrumiyyah), then what follows may benefit, in shâ’ Allâh.  Like everything, it is best to study under or refer to someone with the knowledge and ability to be teaching this.  Sometimes you find that texts and narrations slightly differ in wording with one another and I believe that’s the case even with these two files.  Allâh knows best.

File: Mandhûmah Al-Âjurrûmiyyah (text)
File: Mandhûmah Al-Âjurrûmiyyah (audio)

An-Nahw Al-Wadih… A Solution?

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Some students I’ve come across crave to learn definitions of grammatical terminology and principles in Arabic.  Yet this hard using their Madinah Books, which only really outline principles and rules (qawâ`id) in the appendix/key, in English.  This is normal of course, it’s usually up to the teacher to provide more than just the Arabic terminology that all students need to know.  It’s his or her choice to supply students with Arabic definitions, which a student can memorise or learn, and use as a base for their understanding of a given principle.

Sometimes, and I have witnessed this, a teacher does provide Arabic definitions but in the rush of jotting down notes vis-à-vis the difficulty some students face, the definitions still get written down in English.  Perhaps you might see an incomplete Arabic definition in the pages of your classmates and again, this is perfectly normal for the most part. Wallâhu A`lam.

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Lessons on Al-Ajurrumiyyah

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Video lessons on Al-Âjurrûmiyyah, a primer text for the study of Arabic Grammar.  The teacher is Abu Taubah who mâ shâ’ Allâh, has a clear and simple teaching style. He is using one of the Âjurrûmiyyah poems, Nadhm Al-Âjurrûmiyyah Li `Udayd Rabbihi also known as the  as the base/text as oppose to the original Muqaddimah of the author, Ibn Âjurrûm. The author of the poem is Muhammad Ibn Abb Al-Qalâwî Ash-Shinqîtî, famously known as `Ubayd Rabbihi. The course appears to be ongoing.

I will, by Allâh’s permission be posting more stuff pertaining this monumental book in the future.

Madinah Arabic Course Supplementary Material

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While in Egypt, a brother passed on a whole set of work/excercise books that supplement the popular Madinah Arabic Course.  They’re around thirty in number and comprise of four levels, which is probably inline with the old four-book curriculum, whereby book three of the series was actually two parts (I haven’t confirmed this).

There is a good variety of content.  Students can study Arabic in the context of fiqh, hadîth, tajwîd, sîrah, tafsîr etc.

The files are split up into hundreds of pdfs, which is useful if your working with your computer, yet a pain if you want to print them.  There are also .exe files, so I imagine that Windows users have a full-program/interface to make studying and browsing through the material easy.

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