Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Learning Quran with Arabic word roots and meanings | The Quran Institute, Inc

The best among you are those who learn Quran and teach it. - Saying of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace

One of the best way to learn The Quran is to understand the arabic with its words' root meanings. Quran having multiple layers of meanings, is close to impossible to translate while doing justice to its beauty and eloquence. Some Arabic terms are difficult to translate and don't have close English language equivalents. For the non-Arabic speaking people (like me) who have always wanted to understand the meaning and beauty of Quran was looking to learn the Quranic Arabic with its root meaning. It helps on a number of ground.

Its easier to remember the words as one root will enable you to know meanings of many words which come from the same source. The sound and formation of the words, once you get familiar, helps you understand other derived words and their meaning very easily.

For example (credit), the root k-t-b has the basic meaning of marking, inscribing or writing. The root may be conjugated in simple past tense (perfect) verb forms such as:

kataba - he wrote
katabĂ» - they wrote
katabat - she wrote
katabnâ - we wrote

The Classical Arabic language of the Quran is one of the most versatile and dynamic form. The internalization of both the exoteric and esoteric meanings with its context, become much more clearer and easier when you know the possible other meanings.

Now The Qur'an Institute, Inc. has Text In Motion website which gives you exactly that what i was looking for. It gives you chapter by chapter, word by word meanings (with english transliteration, great for anyone who can read English) of the whole Quran. Visit the chapter index here: http://www.textinmotion.com/chapters.jsp
(from left column click on any chapter number of your liking)
also here is the full Quranic word list.

[>] The home page of Text in Motion

One of the major purpose of sending multiple messengers to humanity was to instruct and guide people in a way so that they can understand. The Quran being the book of guidance, the book which distinguish what is right from what is wrong, it is imperative to be able to understand its meaning because that is the purpose.

And We did not send any messenger but with the language of his people, so that he might explain to them clearly; then God makes whom He pleases err and He guides whom He pleases and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (The Quran 014.004)

So have We made the Qur'an available in thine own language (O Muhammad), that with it thou mayest give Glad Tidings to the righteous, and warnings to people given to contention. (The Quran 019.097)

To start with - its really important that daily prayers which we say with Quranic verses better be understood properly so that the prayer may reach our inner heart, God willing. It is really an injustice to the purpose of the Messenger and the Message that we read, recite without understanding it, which is the major intention of this Divine Revelation. So please start and benefit from this website, Text in Motion by going through those chapters of the Quran which you say frequently in your daily prayers and get the meanings internalized and thus make your prayers beautiful.

May your prayers reach your inner heart and reach the mystical Throne of Beloved God, the Lord of Majesty. Amen!

Reference:
:: The Quran Institute
:: Text in Motion
:: Iqra Bismi Rabbik - Free Arabic and Quran lessons
:: A Learning approach to Quran
:: Empowerment Through the Qur'an
:: Dictionary of the Holy Quran, compiled by Abdul Manna Omar ... a magnificent dictionary of the words used in the Qur'an, indexed according to the Arabic root of each word. Words and roots are in Arabic, definitions are in English. (suggested by Wahiduddin)
:: Basic list of Arabic roots


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