Learning Arabic

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

This refers to Zaeem As-Salafi's letter titled "Learning Arabic" (January 25) in response to my letter (January 22). The writer thinks that by learning Arabic people will be able to understand the holy texts. Languages change not only with distance but with time as well. The Arabic spoken 1,400 years ago has changed a lot, just as the English of Chaucer written 600 years ago has changed so much that it is very difficult to understand now. Secondly, teaching the language of the holy book to children will require the services of teachers brought from Saudi Arabia as most Pakistani maulvis, having learnt the Holy Quran by rote, do not have any proficiency in the language.

Shakir Lakhani
The News, January 27, 2010