How to Study the Books of ‘Arabic Grammar by Shaykh al Adanee

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



  1. #1 by 'Abdullaah Tasneem on July 21, 2011 - 11:43 PM

    Besmellaaher Rahmaaner Raheem

    Assalamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmaatullaahu wa Barakaatuhu-aameen.

    I’ve read the advice of the Shaykh. Can some one inform, where to find these books.

    Wassalaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmaatullaahu wa Barakaatuhu-aamaan.

    Brother ‘Abdullaah Tasneem

  2. #2 by 'Abdullaah Tasneem on July 22, 2011 - 12:01 AM

    Besmellaaher Rahmaaner Raheem.

    Also, Can someone advise, where to find these books as well.

    1. Benaa’ al-Af’aal-by Ibn Maalik.
    2. al-Maqsood.
    3. ‘Alaamiyyah al-Af’aal-By Ibn Maalik
    4. al-Alfiyah-By Ibn Maalik.
    5. Jaami’ Durroos al-‘Arabiyah.
    6. al Balaghah al-Waadihah.
    7. ‘Uqood az-Zimaam-By as-Suyooti.
    8. al-‘Aqeedah as-Saheeh wa maa Yudaduha-By Shaykh Ben Bazz.
    9. Fath al-Majed Sharh Kitaab at-Tawheed.
    10. Helyah Taalibil ‘Ilm-By Shaykh Bakr Aboo Bakr Zayd.

    Inclosing: I know its a long list. Naturally-I have a long journey to travel. So why not travel with the proper preperations, for a suceesful journey. Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall willind-aameen.

    I ask Allaah Ta ‘alaa. To give us all, the tawfeeq of success in this world. Which will lead us to success in the Hereafter-aameen.

    Barakallaahu feekum-aameen.

    Your Brother in Islam,
    ‘Abdullaah Tasneem

  3. #3 by Umm Abdullah nasrin on August 8, 2011 - 4:08 AM

    Assalamualiki dear sis.
    Could u help me find advice about sarf books that a student should study? Which books of sarf first them second and so on
    Could u plz

    Thanks sis

  4. #4 by Anonymous on August 8, 2011 - 4:19 PM


    If there’s anyone, who can help me, please reply to the post I’ve listed above concernig where to find these books the shaykh made reference to .

    ‘Abdullaah Tasneem

  5. #5 by A Weighty Word on August 9, 2011 - 2:03 PM

    Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Take a look at this site: Abu Abdullah’s Arabic Books as well as RiMarket.

    Nasrin, hafithakillaah. I will send you some info In Shaa Allaah as well as post a thread concerning the topic.

    Baarakallaahu feekumaa.

  6. #6 by Admin on November 23, 2012 - 4:54 PM

    General advice concerning books a beginning student of knowledge should read (Arabic Grammar and other than that). Click here.

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