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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

hamdalaBetween Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the general meaning of ‘praise’ in the Arabic language: madh [مدح], thana [ثناء], and hamd [حمد], but we find the term hamd constantly used in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition for praising Allah, such as in ‘Alhamdulillah’...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Speaking Ill of Others

He utters not a wordلسانك لا تذكر به عورة امرئ * فكلّـك عورات وللناس ألسـن وعينك إن أبدت إليك معايباً * فدعها وقل : يا عين للناس أعينُ "Do not use your tongue to mention the faults of others, for you are full of faults and other people have tongues, too. And if your eye reveals to you others’ defects, tell it, 'O eye of mine, they have eyes too.'" -Imam Shafi’i م...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

i was in pain so i learned so i changedThis is the first post in a new series on the Studio Arabiya blog, in which I hope to share with you some interesting and inspiring Arabic quotes on different themes. Reading these types of quotes, excerpts and aphorisms can help us put our Arabic studies into practice, and also appreciate how far we've come in our understanding of the language.  ...
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Finding the Beauty Placed in Difficulty

daadby Shazia Ahmad The famous poet Ahmad Shawqi said in a well-known line from one of his works:  إنَّ الذي مَلأَ اللُّغاتِ مَحاسِنا جَعَلَ الجَمالَ وَسِرَّهُ في الضَّاد Verily, the One who filled all languages with beauty Put beauty itself, and its secret, in ad-Dhaad. In these lines, Shawqi refers to the Arabic language as 'ad-Dhaad'.  Dhaad is th...
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Top 10 Most Common Arabic Phrases

Ready to learn some Arabic? Studio Arabiya has put together the Top 10 Most Common Arabic Phrases. [SlideDeck id='643' width='100%' height='300px'] What are some other common Arabic phrases that you can think of?
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Appreciating Arabic: Three Letter Roots

One of the many neat things a student of Arabic will first learn about the language is that many of its words can be traced back to a triliteral root.  This means that there are usually three base letters from which different words emanate and are derived.  The words that share these letters may have different meanings, but they are connected ‘at t...
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The Beauty of Arabic

Learning Arabic can be an amazing experience.  For Muslims, one of its greatest benefits is in helping one understand the sacred words of the Quran, the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as a treasure-trove of scholarly works from Islamic history.  For those interested in the culture of Arabic-speaking people or in livi...
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