History of Arabic Alphabet
The Arabic language is one of the most known languages worldwide, it is a language that is used daily by more than 400 million people from all around the world, as there are more than 25 Arab-speaking countries that consider Arabic as their official or main language, these countries include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, and more. The Arabic alphabet or language has been existing for more than one thousand years. The Islamic conquests helped in the spreading of the Arabic alphabet and language in the Middle East, North Africa, Western and Central Asia, and some parts of China back in the 7th century. Most Muslim countries are Arab-speaking countries considering the fact that the Quran is written in Arabic.
The Arabic alphabet first started to appear around 2000 B.C, but the language started to come into use during the 5th century in the Arabic tribe Quraish in Makkah, it is the tribe where Prophet Muhammad came from, they were the first to speak Classical Arabic. Classical Arabic is the pure form of Arabic, it was used in Arabic poetry even before the emergence of Islam.
Some researchers found that the oldest text that was written in the Arabic alphabet could be an engraving that was found lying 100 kilometers in North Najran, as the researchers found that this text could have been written between 469 and 470 A.D.
Following this, a few years after; the Quran has been compiled and written down with the Arabic alphabet by the third Khalifa of Islam, Uthman ibn Affan. Moreover, he was the one who wrote the Arabic alphabet or letters in the Quran dotted, which is known as “Tashkeel” which marks the creation of vowel marks or Harakat.
Importance of Learning Arabic
It is important to learn Arabic, due to the fact that it is one of the most used languages, so by learning Arabic one will have a better understanding of the Arabic culture and Arabic countries. In addition, it will open up more communication channels.
There are various reasons why people should learn the Arabic alphabet or the Arabic language, and there are many benefits for people to learning the Arabic language in Islam. First of all, learning and memorizing Quran in the Arabic language with the Arabic alphabet is something else, it is of great importance, which could bring your heart closer to Allah and help in creating a stronger relationship with Allah. It will also help in understanding and going by Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah, and by doing so this will help in gaining more valuable insights about Islam.
Moreover, if someone is willing to learn Arabic will not only improve their relationship with Allah, but it will also help in achieving Kushu in Salah, in other words, it will help in performing prayers in a more mindful way. Learning Arabic will help in getting to know more about Muslim communities and being exposed to more cultures and communicating with different Arabs in different countries.
If you are someone who is trying to learn the Arabic alphabet or the Arabic language it would be beneficial to know that Arabic is read and written from right to left, the shape of the Arabic letter changes depending on where it is placed in the Arabic word., and the Arabic alphabet is called Abjadiyah, and it consists of 28 letters.
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