Ash-Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-‘Adanee-may Allah protect him-advises how to study the books of Arabic Grammar…
Question: We desire to study the Arabic grammar texts so what is preferable for us to begin with…al-Aajuroomeeyah (1) or Qatar-an-Nadaa (2)? Now if we begin with al-Aajuroomeeyah do we study the explanation of ash-Shaykh al-Uthaymeen (3)-rahimahullah-or with the Brother Muhammad al-Maqtaree’s footnotes (4) to al-Aajuroomeeyah “Al-Hulul-adh-Dhahabeeyah ‘ala At-Tuhfatis-Saneeyah”?
Answer: I (‘Abdullah MacPhee*) asked ash-Shaykh Abdur-Rahmaan al-‘Adanee-may Allah Most High protect him-the method in studying Arabic grammar so he advised with first studying al-Aajuroomeeyah, then at-Tuhfah then Mulha-tul-‘Iraab (5) then al-Mutammimah (6) then Qatar an-Nada then Ibn‘Aqeel (7) and so forth.
(1) Al-Aajuroomeeyah is a classical text on Arabic grammar written for the beginning student of the language and authored by Aboo Abdillah bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Dawood as-Sanhaajee known as Ibn Aajurroom-rahimahullah 672-723 A.H.
(2) Qatar-an-Nadaa written by Jamaal-ud-Deen Abdillah bin Yusuf bin Hishaam al-Ansaaree-rahimahullah 708-761 A.H. Ibn Khaldoon-rahimahullah said of him, “We were in the Maghrib (Morocco) when we heard of a scholar of the Arabic language being present in Misr (Egypt) known as Ibn Hishaam moreknowledgeable of an-Nahwu than as-Seebawayah.” Reference the explanation of Qatar-an-Nada by ash-Shaykh, al-Alaamah Muhammad Muhyee-ud-Deen Abdul-Hameed page 9.
(3) Known as “Sharh-ul-Aajroomeeyah” and available for purchase by our brothers at Salafi Library.
(4) This precious work is study notes to ash-Shaykh, al-Alaamah Muhammad Muhyee-ud-Deen Abdul-Hameed’srahimahullah-“At-Tuhfatus-Saneeyah (The Precious Masterpiece)” and is entitled: “Al-Hulul-adh-Dhahabeeyah ‘ala at-Tuhfatus-Saneeyah (The Golden Vestments upon the Precious Masterpiece)” written by Muhammad as-Sagheer bin Qaaid Ahmad al-Abdaalee al-Maqtaree and in which ash-Shaykh Muqbil-rahimahullah-said in the introduction on page eight: “As for the student who becomes strong in the grammar of the Arabic language then the rest of the Islaamic sciences will be easy for him with the permission of Allah, so the good deed that was carried out by the brother Muhammad bin Qaaid is a beneficial one, some of its topics have been read to me whereas I found it will benefit the beginner of Arabic and the advanced student of Arabic will find it indispensable.”
(5) Mulha-tul-‘Iraab is a poem that teaches Arabic grammar written by Aboo Muhammad al-Qaasim bin ‘Alee al-Hareeree al-Basree-rahimahullah 446-516 A.H.(6) Al-Mutammimah is an explanation to al-Aajuroomeeyah written with examples to each of Ibn Aajurroom’s sections of his text. It was written by ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Ra’eenee-rahimahullah. There also exists an explanation to it as well entitled: “al-Kawaakib-ud-Durreeyah written by ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Ahmad bin ‘Abdul-Baaree al-Ahdal. (7) The explanation to Alfeeyah of Ibn Maalik.
Source: Aboo Imraan’s Book Reviews