In this post, we have included a link to each of the four volumes of the extremely beneficial Arabic grammar/composition book “Arabic Tutor” which is a translation of the Urdu “Arabi Ka Mu’allim”. In Arabic, the book was entitled “Tashil al-Adab fi Lisan al-‘Arab”.
Below we have included the full introduction that was published with the text.
From the multitudes of letters which this humble writer has received from every corner of India, there still seems to be a fervent desire in this age to learn Arabic and to understand the final message of Allāh , namely the Qur’ān. However, no primary syllabus that conformed to the times was presented to the seekers of Arabic – such a syllabus that could increase the enthusiasm of the learners.
The ancient method of teaching Arabic and its syllabus from the very outset made one lose courage. Even the modern books have been deficient in creating an urge in the student.
Experience shows that only a syllabus which has easy rules coupled with teaching the language can increase the enthusiasm of the student. The rules must assist the learner in mastering the language. While learning the language, the rules are refreshed.
In reality, choosing such lessons and providing a sequence for them is no ordinary task. This is merely the grace of the Almighty Allāh who made this writer accomplish such an enormous task.
“That is the grace of Allāh. He grants it to whoever He desires.”
All thanks are due to Allāh that this book was found to be extremely beneficial wherever it was read or taught. Many seekers of Arabic have written that they had lost hope after several attempts. If they had not obtained this book, they would not have learnt Arabic.
This is the fourth edition of this book. Initially, this book was written in two parts. Now it has been divided into four parts so that it can serve as a proper syllabus for high schools from the fourth class till matric. This is the first part of the book. The lessons have been decreased when compared to the previous editions.
However, the exercises have been increased to an extent that they can serve the place of an Arabic reader. This part contains only fifteen lessons. But you will be surprised to note how much Arabic is taught with such afew lessons. The method of analysing sentences and recognition has been so well explained, that one cannot achieve this by learning several other prevalent Arabic Grammar books. The key to each part has also been published. Due to this, many learners have learnt Arabic on their own.
A student doing self-study can complete this part in about six weeks. However, due to the presence of several other subjects in high schools, it will be appropriate to make it a one year course in the fourth class. In Arabic seminaries and Dārul Úlūms, where only Arabic is taught, all four parts of this book can be easily taught in one year.
Nevertheless, this book is such that every text book committee and those in charge of the syllabi in the madrasahs should include it in their syllabus in order to remove the difficulties of the students. They will be rewarded by Allāh and thanked by the people.
The summary of the opinions of the Ulamā of every province of India and the reviews of magazines and newspapers is that this has been the most successful attempt to simplify Arabic. This book is worth being introduced in government and non-govermental schools so that the teaching of Arabic can be simplified.
This humble servant is grateful to all those who rendered beneficial opinions. May Allāh reward them with the best of rewards. The following pages contain the valuable opinions of some scholars. This should serve as a means of encouraging the seekers of Arabic. Others will not have to waste their time in looking for the merits of this book.
The servant of the students
(Moulānā) Àbdus Sattār Khān
Bindi Bazaar, Bombay, India
Muharram 1361 A.H.