About

al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,

This site is an attempt to present to the reader points of benefit concerning various aspects of the Arabic Language, with the aim of encouraging the non-Arabic speaker to embark upon his learning voyage, or to guide the current student through its various seas that may not have yet been explored, for the sake of deepening their understanding and appreciation of the miraculous nature of the Qur’anic language.

To as great an extent as possible, all the contents and links on the site will be in English for the sake of maximising benefit. Thus, mention has not been made of other beneficial Arabic language sites, if their content is in Arabic.

All the content will be original in shaa’ Allaah (i.e. compiled and/or written by the contributor/s, or translated directly from Arabic books) unless otherwise stated.

The transliteration may not always be consistent, depending on the location of the contributor/s and the amount of the free time they have.

Comments, queries and requests are genuinely welcomed and appreciated, bearing in mind that the contributor/s may not always be able to reply.

It is hoped that the reader benefits from the site, extends the benefit to others, and benefits others through their additional comments.

Permission is granted to all to take material from this site, subject to the following two conditions:

(1) Material used must be attributed to http://www.arabicgems.co.uk
(2) Material must be reproduced faithfully and without alteration or omission

Wa al-salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,
Ola Shoubaki

65 Responses to About

  1. Subhanllah

    Really good website, May Allah reward you all for your work!

    ws
    Ukhtik

  2. Keep it going bro.

    This is one of the best ideas of blogs I’ve come around for some time now.

    Wishing you all the best.

    PS. I published a small excerpt of your ‘About’ at Global Voices:
    http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2006/10/02/arabic-gems/

    And will add a link to your blog at mine!

  3. al-Salamu ‘alaykum,

    Bint Muhammad, Ameen, wa iyyaakum.

    Haitham, I am sorry your comment got caught up as spam which is why there was a delay in it showing up and my reply.

    Thank you for your comments and your attempts to spread news of the blog. We ask Allaah for tawfeeq and to accept our efforts. Ameen.

    wa al-Salaamu ‘alaykum

  4. As-salaamu ‘alikum wa rahmatullah,

    Mashallah VERY super-beneficial blog! May Allah accept and reward all your efforts inshallah (ameen)!

    We’ve also linked you from IlmFruits, because of your super awesomeness. Keep it up inshallah!

    ~IlmFruits

  5. amazing work! You are a hero, who ever you are!

  6. You’re a Champion too!

  7. And you know it’s true!

  8. Altamash Bin Zahiruddin

    Masha Allah,
    I realy very like this website

  9. A great and amazing site, the importance and relevance of which in today’s world cannot be expressed in words.

    May Allah SWT reward everyone involved.

  10. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Assalamu ‘alaykum Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    Would you possibly do an article or several articles on the miracle of the Qur’an Al-Kareem language. I really want to read about the poetry/prose aspects of the Qur’an (neither shahr or nasr); the precision and eloquence of the Qur’an (where no word can replace that used by the Qur’an); the conciseness of the Qur’an to the point that it is not humanly possible to be so concise and expressive at the same time; the unique cadence and rhetorical devices of the Qur’an etc. I would love to read such information, which isn’t often available in the English language.

    Would it also be possible to use Surah Al-Kawthar as an example to go through why the Qur’an is a miracle of language. This would be particularly valuable, since this is the shortest chapter in the entire Qur’an.

    I am sure, Insha Allah, it would be extremely beneficial for everyone, myself included.

    JazakAllah Khaira
    Wasalaam.

  11. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Assalamu ‘alaykum Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    I forgot to mention- Al-Hamdulillah Masha Allah for your present work is very beneficial. May Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) reward you for your efforts.

    JazakAllah Khaira
    Wasalaam.

  12. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Assalamu ‘alaykum Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    I am very sorry for so many requests, but I was wondering if you were translating any works such as ‘ijaz Al-Qur’an etc?

    JazakAllah Khaira
    Waslaam.

  13. Assalaamu Alaikum sister,
    May Allah SWT continue to shower you in His mercy and enable you to further your studies.
    What are you plans for the future now that you’ve Mashallah completed your Masters?

  14. wa’alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin, regarding the eloquence of Soorah al-Kawthar, you can read a good piece in English here inshaa’Allaah…
    http://talk.islamicnetwork.com/showthread.php?t=3554

  15. Wa ‘alaykum al-salaam wa rahmat Allaah wa barakaatuhu,

    SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin, jazakum Allaahu khayran. If you click on the Qur’an category, I hope in shaa’ Allaah every post in that category e actually deals with what you requested in some way. If you meant you wanted articles that directly deal with those topics, perhaps the theories surrounding them, then in shaa’ Allaah in the future it may come to fruition.

    I would advise you to refer to the link provided by brother Taalibul-’Ilm (jazaahu Allaahu khayran) for the explanation of Surah al-Kawthar, as I believe this is what you were requesting in shaa’ Allaah.

    Also, I am not currently doing any translations.

    May Allaah reward you for your passion to understand such topics, ameen.

    Imran, wa iyyaakum, ameen. In terms of my Arabic-language related plans, there are a couple of topics that I think will be of benefit that I want to research and hopefully publish bi idhnillaah. I also plan on teaching, and doing further research on teaching Arabic as a foreign language, in shaa’ Allaah.

  16. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    JazakAllah Khaira for your answers arabicgems and Taalibul-’Ilm. The link for Surah Al-Kawthar was very useful, Al-Hamdulillah Masha Allah. I was wondering, whether there are other aspects to Surah Al-Kawthar like the miracle of conciseness and expressiveness and the rhythm and cadence of the Surah Al-Kawthar.

    Arabicgems, I was wondering whether you might consider doing a specific article on different aspects of the linguistic inimitability of the Qur’an Al-Kareem, such as the poetry/prose argument etc. May Allah reward you for your work.

    Are you writing any books on the miraculous language of the Qur’an? I am not just saying this- but Al-Hamdulillah Masha Allah, your explanations are so brilliant and easy to understand. Many other authors do not have your gift of writing in the English language to explain complex topics. May Allah reward you and continue your work, Insha Allah. Ameen.

    JazakAllah Khaira
    Wasalaam.

  17. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Assalamu ‘alaykum Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    Are there any other links you can provide which goes through specific Suraw explaining the miraculous eloquence?

    JazakAllah Khaira
    Wasalaam.

  18. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam wa rahmat Allaah wa barakaatuhu,

    SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin, I will try to compose such an article in shaa’ Allaah, but you will have to give me some time please.

    Yes, there are a number of projects in mind that in shaa’ Allaah aim to bring to light an appreciation of the miraculousness of the Qur’an’s language, bi idhnillaah.

    Regarding other links, the Turkish/Kurdish mufassir Bediuzzaman Said Nursi wrote about the language of the Qur’an in his Risale-i Nur, alot of which has been translated now into English. You can refer to some of his works at the following link: http://www.theholybook.org/index.php/content/category/4/116/6/

    I would particularly refer you to the article on the Qur’an’s miraculous eloquence: http://www.theholybook.org/index.php/content/view/6249/6/

    His translators have apparently also released a book called ‘Signs of Miraculousness: The Inimitability of the Qur’an’s conciseness,’ which I have not read but is available here:
    http://www.sozler.com.tr/newbooks/default.htm

  19. SuhaylBinAbdAl-Matin

    Wa ‘alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakathuhu

    JazakAllah Khaira- that would be very useful, Insha llah. Also, JazakAllah Khaira for the links.

    Wasalaam.

  20. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam wa rahmat Allaah wa barakaatuhu,

    Wa iyyaakum.

  21. Salam,

    I am happy if you could present more and more of material under ilm al balaghah which is important in understanding Al-Quran

    JazakALLAH

  22. Salaamalekum
    I like this site and i would like to use its resources in arabic teaching classes which i plan to start soon.

    Guide me to other arabic sites where i could gather such info, which mite be useful at an intermediate level of arabic proficiency.

  23. Salaamalekum, well after going through the resources list, i think i got what i was looking for.

    Again, Nice work. May Allah help you.

  24. Wa alaykum al-Salaam,

    Sorry I wasnt able to advise before you found it, but al-Hamdu lillaah that you found it. Ameen, wa iyyaakum.

  25. This is my favourite blog. Keep up the good work! JazakAllah.

  26. marlina iryatie

    Assalamu’alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

    Barakallah akhifillah, its a very good blog.
    Ismi Marlina, ana min Jakarta, Indonesia. Hope you can help me adrusul lughotul Arabiyyah li afhamil Qur’an wa Hadist.

    Syukron katsirah jiddan,
    Wassalamu’alaikum,
    Marlin

  27. assalamu alaykum

    you might wanna add this as a resource:

    http://waqfeya.com/open.php?cat=30&book=1509

  28. Jazakallah khayr, may Allah reward . I give you salams from Sweden.

  29. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam,

    ‘Ubayd and Abu Halim, wa iyaakumaa, Ameen.

    marlina iryatie, jazaki Allaahu khayran. Hope you are able to benefit.

    Abu Bakr, Jazakum Allaahu khayran. I will put off adding at as a resource for the moment though, but anyone is free to visit it from the beneficial link you have given.

  30. Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
    Ochti, MaaSh’Allah, what a concise well informed resource! Mabrook, May Allah reward you for all your efforts!
    Now there’s no excusefor me, you have clearly prepared all the necessary resources in one site,
    Billahe at Tawfeeqee
    (All success is with Allah)
    So “The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.
    The one who bows down to Allah can stand up to anything.”

  31. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam wa rahmat Allaah wa barakaatuhu,

    Wa iyyaaki, and ameen. I hope you are able to benefit bi idhnillaah.

  32. al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,

    I stumbled across this site while trying to widen my poor understanding of Philology – and what a stumble it was! This site has probably just made my year.

    May Allah reward you of the best of rewards in this dunya and in the aakhira inshAllah.

    Wa al-salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,
    Habib

  33. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam wa rahmatullaah,

    Wa iyyaakhum, may Allaah allow you to continue you to benefit from it.

  34. assalaamalikum..

    mashaallah this is awesome work..
    may ALLAH reward u immensely…aameen

  35. assalaam alaikom…

    Masha allah its a very beneficial and much needed site.. brakallahu feeki w Rabbana yajzeek alf khair.

    ps.. i was wondering where u r originally fromi mean is ur background arab….

    Allah ma’k

  36. Assalam alaikum.

    I chanced upon you blog.

    It’s very useful, informative and very neatly-presented. I was looking for something like this. Will keep following your posts.

  37. sorry for that typo. That should read, I chanced upon *your blog. (embarassed now)

  38. So you are Gemologist.. Very good site really.. I love Arabic language. After Quran, i love arabic poems so much.. Anyway arabic and farsi (persian) have almost same letters and shared words.. So i can almost understand Arabic (speaking, writing, reading) :)
    Thank you for your beautiful effort..

  39. Wa ‘alaykum al-salaam wa rahmat Allaah wa barakaatuhu,

    aasya, ameen ukhti.

    hani hanjour, wa iyyakum. Ameen. My parents are palestinian and turkish but I was born and raised for the most part in the UK so aside from speaking a little colloquial arabic, I learnt arabic at university.

    sj/mummyjaan, thank you. I know i keep saying this, but I really do hope to be able to update more frequently as soon as things settle down a bit for me bi idhnillah.

    Shahrzad, Gemologist…interesting word. You are welcome, pls feel free to share your favourite poetry with us.

  40. Of course i do.. I have a page in my blog, name as Poetry in My land. I added one arabic poem there with translation. But i didnt have much time to add more arabic poems..

    Anyway, would you like to come to Circle of Unity?
    That’s a Quran Study Circle for sake of Ummah Unity :)
    have a look.. http://shahrzaad.wordpress.com/circle-of-unity/

  41. Bismillah
    from kaaba to arabic gems

    assalamualaikum,

    Dear brothers and sisters I have found this site very beneficial, and I do hope that others cn start something similar to it in its presentation and content.

    And I would also like to make some sugestions, that the muslims should move towards making arabic thier regular spoken lnguage because it is Allah has made it our national language, when he revealed the Quraan in arabic and made his final messenger an arab.

    For this to happen means that I say that all islamic sites should move towards making all thier sites in arabic as much as possible.

    This can be done by making a seperate page that will give the definitions of the arabic text (and corresponding harikat) in the site along with additional info on sarf and nahw- and comments on usage. These definitions/explanations should be on a seperate page in order for the reader to do some work. There needs to be a level of emersion for this to work

    Perhaps an entire site can be made in arabic script and english with this method. Definitely all button should be in arabic.

    New ideas take time, inshallah you can review what I have said and improve on this.

    jazakallah khairun

    please email me at your convience in regards to this short letter.

  42. Wa alaykum al-Salaam,

    Kaaba, thank you for your suggestion. Every site has its own objectives and aim, and the site will achieve an element of success if the aim is clearly stated and every post written with the aim in mind.

    My aim, I hope, has been clearly stated on this page. There are many sites that aim to teach Arabic. There are many sites that use the Arabic language as a medium for teaching the kinds of topics that I post on this site. Therefore my aim is not to do either of those things.

    If my aims are not clear from this page, please do let me know and I will try to clarify them further in shaa’ Allaah.

    Thank you for your concern and your attempts at helping revive the language.

  43. Salam alaykoum,

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful blog, may Allah ta’ala reward you for sharing your knowledge.

    Oumhani min firanssa

  44. Wa ‘alaykum al-Salaam,

    Oumhani, you are welcome. Thank you for visiting.

  45. Assalamu Alaikum

    Your site is wonderful could to add our site to your links

  46. Dear brothers and sisters I have found this site very beneficial, and I do hope that others cn start something similar to it in its presentation and content.

  47. Smbat Khachaturian

    Hello,
    I’m really happy to find this web site.
    It’s so cool and very important for Arabic and Islamic studies.
    Thank you so much for your PERFECT website.

  48. MashaAllah very beautiful blog. I’ve added you to my blogroll. :)

  49. Shim'on ben Mordekai

    Shalom Aleikhem!

    This is such a beautiful site; as a Jew who is only beginning to discover Islam, I have found your articles to be always inspiring. As we say in Judaism, may you go from strength to strength! אמן!

  50. There is so much to learn from this website. I look forward to spending many hours here to improve my knowledge of Quranic Arabic! Thank you.

  51. Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . :)

  52. Masha Allah nice site

  53. nice work. keep it up.

  54. Masha Alla ! Excellent posting.

  55. I read the whole material.Really useful for us.Give us more informative post like this.

  56. السلام عليكم

    ما شاء الله

    بالتوفيق ان شاء الله وإلى الأمام

    يا بنت الخال

  57. Asalaam alaykum warahamtullaahi wabarakatuh mashaaAllaah tabarakallaah.

    Sis do you teach arabic ?

    barakallaah feekum

  58. I tried to compile all your posts into pdf form (for personal reference) but sadly the quranic verses get jumbled up in the process so i abandoned the idea..

  59. Thanks a lot for this wonderful blog, may Allah ta’ala reward you for sharing your knowledge.

  60. معلومات قيمة
    بارك الله فيك

  61. Alhamdulilah, i cant thank you enough, i was worried that i wouldnt be able to learn Arabic on my own, and i wanted to learn it becasue i wanted to meet RasoolAllah sallallahu alyhe wa sallam and tell him how much i loved him all my life, and I wanted to learn Arabic before i died, and alhamdulilah i came across your site and i have tears in my eyes.

    Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is so Lovely <3

    May Allah ta'ala make for you a home near Him in jannah ameen

  62. Assalaamu alaikum,

    MashaAllah excellent blog! May Allah reward you.

    Would you mind adding http://www.newreligion.co.cc
    to your blogroll please? Jazakillahu khayran.

    .

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