‘Umar, And The Arabic Language
Learn Arabic, for it makes a person more logical and wise, and increases his chivalry.
Learn grammer as you learn sunnahs and shares of inheritance.
Learn I’raab al-Qur’aan (syntax) as you learn to memorize it.
The worst of writing is that which is elongated without being clear, and the worst of readings is to say things unclearly, and the best of writing is that which is clearest.
We even see that ‘Umar would punish the one who made mistakes in Arabic when he was in an important position for which he was expected to be qualified:
– It was narrated that Abu Moosa Al-Ash’ari wrote a letter to ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (r.a), and ‘Umar wrote back saying, “Your scribe who wrote to me made a spelling mistake; give him one lash of the whip.”
– Ibn Al-Jawzi also narrated that the scribe of ‘Amr Ibn Al-Aas wrote to ‘Umar and he wrote “Bismillaah”, but he did not write the letter seen. ‘Umar wrote to ‘Amr, telling him to give him one lash with the whip. ‘Amr did that, and he was asked: “What did he hit you for?” He replied, “For a (letter) seen.”
[Taken from: ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, His Life And Times, By ‘Alee Muhammad As-Salaabi, Volume I, Pp. 371-372]