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Old 02-20-2013, 11:41 PM
 
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I have a question:
If Muhammad was illiterate how did he know Classical Arabic?
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:01 AM
 
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What is called now "Classical Arabic" was the dialect of Quraysh "Mohammad's tribe".

It's the language that was used during his time in Quraysh. There were another dialects but the spread of Islam made the language "tongue" of Quraysh to be prevailed.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:51 AM
 
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I was under the impression that Classical Arabic is a written language and not a spoken language and must be learned by even Arabic speakers, is this correct?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:24 AM
 
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I was under the impression that Classical Arabic is a written language and not a spoken language and must be learned by even Arabic speakers, is this correct?
No, the prophet didn't learn Classical Arabic, he acquired it by nature, like you with your mother tongue.

Now, no single country on Earth speaks Classical Arabic in their ordinary day, but you can listen to it in the news or through the historical series and movies "in the Arab countries", and of course when you go to the Masjids on Fridays.

The Classical writing "completed" decades later.
People have to speak first then the writing comes, and the prophet Mohammad "probably" didn't know to read or write Arabic, I said "probably" because it's a controversial issue between scholars in Islam, but the majority of them see this opinion.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:42 AM
 
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So was Classical Arabic the spoken tongue of the Quraysh?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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So was Classical Arabic the spoken tongue of the Quraysh?
Yes, we can say, "the Classical Arabic now is the tongue of Quraysh at the time that starts before prophet Muhammad and ends 121 years after his death".
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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Up until after the Qur'an Arabic was primarily an oral language. Written Arabic did not come into being until about 100 years before the Birth of Muhammad(saws),

The Qur'an set the standard for written Arabic and is the model for Classical Arabic.
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