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Professor Ammar Yassir Baragur discusses the basics of the Arabic language during the event. Photo by Alexis Matthew Reyes

Islamic studies group organizes Arabic Literacy Program

The Ateneo Islamic Studies Students Association (AISSA) held an Arabic Literacy Program last Monday, Nov. 20 to impart knowledge on the Arabic language to the students of the university.

The Arabic Literacy Program is a 4-day program and is open to all.
AISSA president Jamaila Jeanne Ramos explained that it is beneficial to those who want to learn Arabic.

“There is a growing demand for Arabic speakers in the western part of the world. This program is a stepping stone for those who want to learn the Arabic language,” she shared.

Arabic is the 5th most used language in the world. Roughly 240 million people speak the language.

There is also an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. 80% of them can at least read Arabic.

The literacy lecture was headed by professor Ammar Yassir Baragur who shared that knowing the basics of the Arabic language can aid any future relations with Arabs.

“If you want to do business or have international relations with them [Arabs], Arabic will definitely benefit you,” he expressed.

The Q’uran is also written in Arabic and knowing the language is one of the keys to understanding the purpose of the Muslim terrorists.

According to Baragur, the Q’uran may be easily misused without the proper understanding of the Arabic language.

“Mayroong words sa Q’uran na nagsasabing, ‘defend yourself from your enemies.’ Sometimes ginagamit ‘yan sa propaganda ng mga terrorists as ‘kill the non-Muslims’,” he said.
[There are words in the Q’uran that say, ‘defend yourself from your enemies.’ Sometimes terrorists misunderstand that and use it in their propaganda as ‘kill the non-Muslims.’]

The program will continue on Nov. 24, 27, and Dec. 1 and will be held in room C304

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