The influence of Arabic language in study of Shariah
Dr. Sulaiman Olayiwola Rabi’u
Every legal system either English or Islamic must have its medium of instruction, shariah is not an exception. Hence, Islamic religion got its root from Arabian Peninsula, and more importantly the Prophet of Islam, through whom the religion of Islam and Divine law was received is an Arab, which indicates that shariah language is Arabic. Shariah can never be properly understood without vast understanding of Arabic language. This paper discusses the fact that Arabic language has become a very important factor in study of shariah. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the shariah legislation can only be attained through a good knowledge of Arabic language.