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Prof. Suleiman Al-Ayouni: Preserving the Arabic language is the responsibility of every Muslim, because it is part of his religion and identity

15 October 2018

It is clear to any sane person that the Arabic language is important and important. Being the language of the Noble Qur’an and the purified Sunnah, and being an integral part of the structure of Islamic legislation, and hence, taking care of it is a pride in Islam itself, and a celebration of the cultural and cognitive legacy that the Arabic language provided to the world hundreds of years ago.
On the necessity of preserving the Arabic language and adhering to it, Professor Suleiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Ayuni, a member of the faculty at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University in Riyadh, said that language is a major element of civilization in any nation. Language is not just a tongue, or words, or sounds, Rather, it is the vessel of knowledge and culture, and the product of interaction and civilized development. Therefore, nations are keen on their language, to be taught, taught and published, and it is not acceptable to give it up or speak in another language, or study in a foreign language.
If the world's languages ​​are estimated to number five thousand languages ​​and dialects, in India there are only eight hundred and forty-five languages ​​and dialects, yet our Arabic is one of the most accurate languages ​​in expressing mental issues and psychological feelings, as well as about experimental and theoretical sciences, because it is the largest and richest language. And I appreciate it in terms of expressions, meanings and styles, but we should take into account some things when we compare the Arabic language to other languages, that the Arabic language is characterized by many features. The most important of them is derivation, this feature makes the language coherent, its newness is linked to its origins, which makes the language alive, renewed and continuous.
The Arabic language is also characterized by brevity. One word can express a subject, a verb, and an address, such as the word: I love you. This one word suffices and replaces the use of a complete sentence of three words in other languages ​​that can be translated literally as a sentence: “I love you”!
As a result of this diversity, breadth and flexibility, Arabic remained the language of science and knowledge since the spread of Islam in the world until the late seventeenth century AD. The books of arithmetic, algebra and geometry, astronomy, nature and geography, medicine, chemistry and pharmacology, and plant and animal sciences, all these knowledge were Islamic sciences that were written by them. In Arabic, this Arabic remained the approved reference in the universities of Europe and the world until the end of the seventeenth century AD when books began to be translated into Latin.
And because the defeat of any nation begins with linguistically defeating it, so the occupiers, in the past - and in the present, were working to keep peoples away from their language, forcing them to learn the language of the occupier, speak it, and defend it, and believe that it is the best for the occupied country and peoples, this is how Arabic has weakened due to the weakness of Arabs and Muslims, As it is known, every language is linked to its people, strength and weakness, and that is why it is said: “No people are humiliated but their language is humiliated.” However, despite this, Arabic remained the language of teaching medicine and modern sciences in Egypt and the Levant until the occupation imposed its language.
Today, however, we - praise be to God - see some signs of the efforts that work together to Arabize the sciences. Several conferences are held in the Arab world for the purpose of this goal, which needs great efforts from scholars, individuals and governments. Among these promises is an increase in interest in the Arabic language and its adoption in official correspondence, and a marked improvement in the language of speaking and writing, especially the language of youth, and the dissolution of many differences between local dialects. And the attempt to approach an inclusive language that moves away from the vernacular. This collective language is called by some linguists: "the white language", in reference to the fact that it is generated in order to bring the different dialects closer to the mother tongue.
However, we must warn that all that has been said does not negate the importance of learning foreign languages, so the nation must benefit from the languages ​​of others for the purpose of benefit.
Finally, Dr. Al-Ayouni stresses that preserving the Arabic language is not the responsibility of the Arab countries only, but rather it is the responsibility of every Muslim, because it is part of his religion, part of his civilization, and his identity, and it is wrong for anyone to think that the Arabic language does not mean it, because his field of specialization is far from it, all of us We are responsible for preserving our language and identity, each according to his ability, and no less in that than learning it, publishing it, defending it, and asking everyone to work to protect it and adopt it in correspondence, the media, and in the role of knowledge at all levels and fields.

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