We are delighted and excited to announce that the IFIS&IZ al-Ghazzali Academy has opened the 3rd academic year for its students to study the program of ‘Classical-Islamic Madrasa Studies from an Academic Perspective in the European Context’. The third academic year of the IFIS&IZ al-Ghazzali Academy, which is funded by KUDEM started with an essential book of classical Arabian grammar; Sharh Qatru al-Nadā wa Ballu al-Sadā.
Sharh Qatru al-Nadā wa Ballu al-Sadā is written by Jamāl al-Dīn Ibn Hishām al-Ansārī al-Nahwī (d. 761/1360), a great linguist and grammarian who lived in the 14th century in Egypt. This commentary (sharh) is one of the better studies made on the text of Qatr al-Nadā in contemporary times and the past. The mentioned text is also written by the same author in which he narrated the basic grammatical rules shortly and concisely. When it comes to the Arabic language and grammar, Ibn Hishām is often compared to Abū Bishr al-Sībawayhi (d. 180/796) a pioneering Arab grammarian of the school of Basra (Iraq) and the author of the crucial work on Arabic grammar, known as Kitāb fil-nahw (The book of Grammar).
Ibn Hishām, who plays a vital role in the domain of Arabic language and grammar, systematically explains the grammatical issues by comparing the views of the essential scholars who are acknowledged as deemed authorities in the field of syntax (al-nahw). Ibn Hishām included more than 150 poems to exemplify the different perspectives of the great scholars and critically reviewed them to conclude his own views. In his explanations and interpretations, Ibn Hishām has drawn a specific philosophy of Arabic grammar, which has been a central source receiving great interest throughout the centuries.
We pray to Allāh The Exalted, to help us grasp the subtleties of Arabic grammar within this book and we ask Him to aid us to understand the Qur’ān and the Sunnah correctly. Āmīn!