Language barriers in relationships

Language barriers in relationships

Is it possible to love someone and be involved in a long-term relationship with them if you don’t speak the same language?

If you truly love them, wouldn’t you at least try to learn their language or teach them yours, so you can better understand one another?

If we really love the Qur’ān and want to have a relationship with it, we would make effort to learn the Arabic language. In fact, this would become one of our main priorities in life – so we can understand the Words of our beloved Lord, without the need for an “interpreter” (translation).

Learning Arabic may seem daunting and difficult, but whoever tries to make the effort, sincerely for the sake of Allāh, Allāh will open the way and make it easy.

Learning Arabic requires dedication, patience, sacrifice and perseverance. But this should not deter us, and we must not give up or become frustrated. Knowledge is worship; therefore, every minute will be rewarded. The greater the effort, the greater the reward.

If all you’ve got is ten minutes a day, it’s still possible. Ten minutes a day, over six days, equals 60 minutes a week (that’s equivalent to a lesson). You just have to believe in yourself, make effort and constantly seek Allāh’s help.

It’s best to fix a regular time for learning Arabic, in the same way we eat and work at certain times. There are plenty of resources available online. If we have time to use social media every day, we have the time to learn Arabic.

There are a lot of people learning Arabic so they can get a job. They are driven, determined and motivated by money. On the other hand, there are others who learn it to adorn their speech or to argue and debate. Such people are motivated by love of fame and followers.

As Muslims striving to become sincere worshippers of Allāh (in shā’ Allāh), we have a better goal and reason for learning Arabic. Yet, are we really making enough (or any) effort?

Let’s make the commitment from today, in shā’ Allāh.

Posted on Facebook 16th October 2016