English language day

English language day

The term “language” may be understood as more than a set of grammar and vocabulary. It implies to acquire knowledge about the shared cultural concepts of the (native) speakers of the target language and evaluate them against .

Language to most of us is a means of communicating our thoughts and ideas. We depend on our language skills for our living, relationships, and other activities. The extent of language’s influence on our lives may reach far beyond than what we can imagine.

Given the key role that language plays in shaping cultural and social attitudes, using gender-inclusive language is a powerful way to promote gender equality and eradicate gender bias.

The person who knows only one language does not truly know that language.” In other words, being bilingual or multilingual helps enhance linguistic skills and improves flexibility in thinking. Bilingual children are quick learners and have been known to achieve better grades at school.

Mastering a foreign language enables the speaker to verify the correct translation of a communication without distortion

English language day

English is  known as a “ world language “ because it is so widely spoken. English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April, This date is observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.

Language Days at the UN aim to entertain as well as inform, with the goal of increasing awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community. These laguages are Arabic ,Chinese,  English , French , Russia and Spanish .

Each language is celebrated on a certain date , Significant events related to each language is the reason behind the celebration day of this language

English is the language of international commerce and trade , Also Helps to build better understanding and trust between cultures; bridging the language gap, allowing people to express ideas, share experiences and connect with each other.”

English is an important language for all kinds of professional and personal goals.

Languages and Islam

The Islamic concept on learning and teaching foreign languages , It is repeatedly stated that Islam is a way of life rather than a religion

In Islam , we have no rulings or restrictions as to what languages we must or must not use.

We as Muslims are encouraged to learn as many languages as possible, and especially those that will help us gain better understanding of our religion. Certain Islamic terms simply cannot be translated accurately into languages such as English.

The often quoted saying “Whoever learns the language of a people is safe from their evil” seems to be a summary of basic concepts laid down by the Sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them). Although it is not a testified ĥadīth of the Prophet, it seems to be reflective of a particular attitude towards foreign language learning.  

Language, as is commonly known, is a major identity creating trait. Language is the expression of common shared concepts or culture, it provides us with the linguistic categories and terms to express and evaluate the world around us, describe our emotions, formulate our ideas. It may even be stated that the language we use decides about the way we think and perceive reality

Based on the Sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and his companions after him, it will try to formulate an Islamic approach towards learning (and teaching) foreign languages. It has been narrated in the Sunnah that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) asked Zayd b. Thabit, who acted as his secretary and is therefore also known to be the scribe of wahy (revelation), to learn Hebrew, “the writing of the Jews”, because the Prophet did not trust the Jews and their translation. Zayd is reported to have learned it in about 15 days, upon which he wrote letters in Hebrew on behalf of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and translated the Jews’ letters for him.

Ahmad also narrates that the Prophet asked Zayd whether he mastered Syrian, as they received letters in this language. Upon his negative response, he ordered Zayd to learn it. Zayd accomplished the task within 17 days.

An important strategic aspect not only with regard to foreign relations. We may concede from the sunnah of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) that learning a foreign language is permissible or even recommended . According to the degree of its necessity and the circumstances, it may even reach the level of an obligation to acquire knowledge on a foreign language and the cultural background it expresses.

Language is an identity creating trait. The recommendation to learn foreign languages needs to be accompanied and guided by Islamic bases ad awareness that different languages express different cultural concepts. Depending on the framework, objectives and age of the learner, foreign language teaching and learning may become a means of cultural dependence .

By learning at least one language, one has better access to gaining further Islamic knowledge and understanding.

It is absolutely necessary for parents to make sure they teach their children how to fluently speak their mother tongues. It is also imperative for communities to establish classes and schools that teach children how to read and write in these languages. Most of us are lucky to have at least one of these languages as our native language, and we should certainly not give it away for our own good, and for the betterment of our children and grandchildren!

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