A struggle that all reverts and those who are not native Arabic speakers is not being able to read, write, speak or understand the true language of the Quran. Not only must we first learn the basics so that we may worship Allah (swt), but we also must strive to understand so that we can be sincere in our worship and learn the true message of Allah’s (swt) word.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
It is our obligation as Muslims to accept our blessing of guidance and work hard to learn so that in shaa allah, we may be able to teach others. Learning and understanding Arabic is not an easy task, but Alhamdulillah! There are so many who know the Quran well and spend their time and resources trying to help others learn.
Resources For Learning
Start with the ABCs. Understand Quran Academy offers a simple and easily understandable course in which you will learn pronunciation and how to begin reading and writing Arabic. You will also Tajweed rules, which means to make better or improve.
Move on to learning 50% of words in the Quran. This course is designed to help you learn half of the vocabulary you will come across in Quran as well as help you understand the meaning of Salah, subhan allah!
Moving along to learning 70% of words in the Quran. Now that you have mastered the ABCs and can now read, understand, and speak 50% of the Quran, this course will bump you up to the next level so you will be one step closer to understanding Allah’s (swt) message.
Now finish up by learning 100% of words in the Quran.Alhamdulillah! What an achievement! You should now be able to read and understand Quran.
Now that you have a better understanding of Quran, how to read and write you may wish to practice and try to perfect your pronunciation.
With a class on Tajweed, you will be able to do just that.
If you need a little extra help, don’t despair! There are also wonderful brothers and sisters who are willing to take their time and help you learn Quran with Live One and One Arabic tutoring Sessions. Sometimes we learn a little better if we have someone guiding us and encouraging us.
*Also, don’t be discouraged if you have little resources. UQA offers a free 7 day trial to all of their courses so that you may get a feel for the course and decide if it will benefit you. There is a solution for people of all financial situations, so always reach out as they are willing to help!
What if You Already Know Arabic and Understand Quran?
Become a Quran Teacher! How wonderful it is to have the gift of such beneficial knowledge, and even more so that you have a place where you can spread that blessing, masha allah! Remember that Allah (swt) has chosen you for this gift, so now it’s time to share that gift with others.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” [Al-Tirmidh]
Why is Understanding the Quran so Important?
We can find the answer in Surat Az-Zakhruf.
By the clear Book,Indeed, We have made it an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.And indeed it is, in the Mother of the Book with Us, exalted and full of wisdom.Then should We turn the message away, disregarding you, because you are a transgressing people? [43:2-43:5]
No matter how much time, how little resources, or how hard you have to work gaining knowledge is so very important to Allah (swt), yourself, and others who may benefit from your learned knowledge. Make time to learn and in shaa allah, Allah (swt) will make the path of learning easy for you.
And so those who were given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord and [therefore] believe in it, and their hearts humbly submit to it. And indeed is Allah the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path. [22:54]
Praying you will benefit.