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I know the arabic script, and can read the Quran. But I have no understanding of what I'm reading.

What is the best route to learning Classical Arabic? Most of the guides I've seen (in the UK) deal only with modern arabic.

Should I learn this first, or can I go straight into learning the Classical Arabic of the Quran?

My main reason for learning Quranic arabic, is that its poetic force simply does not come through in English. The translations I have looked at are, poetically speaking, dull. Which is a pity. And I don't see that changing any time soon.

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+1, a similar question was wandering in my mind. –  Tabrez Ahmed Dec 6 '12 at 3:55
The Arabic you should learn if you want to understand Qur'an and classical texts is al-fuṣḥā (الفصحى). –  Abdullah Dec 6 '12 at 7:38

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TLDR: the best way is to find a local, structured class that will take you from zero to fluent.

Actually, there are a number of approaches you can take to learn the Qur'anic Arabic, depending on your location and means (time, energy, internet connectivity, and willingness to learn). These are:

  • Take a local Arabic class. My personal favourite. These usually follow the cirriculum of the three books by shaykh Abdul-Raheem V., which focuses on grammar.
  • Learn online. Find a reputable institute (like the Fajr Institute) and have online one-on-one learning with a shaykh who knows his stuff.
  • Self-Study (The Three Books): The three books also have "Key" books which explain, in decent English, the lessons learned from each book; the perfect complementary resource for a self-studier.
  • Self-Study (Online Websites): There are several resources online -- sites, videos, etc. for someone who wants to study Arabic. Look it up.

Personally, I've tried all of these, and nothing beats being forced to sit in a class every week and study -- it keeps you motivated, it keeps you going, and you can ask questions when you don't understand.

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