International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

ATTITUDES OF GOVERNMENT TOWARDS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF ARABIC LANGUAGE IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS: REALITY, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

ATTITUDES OF GOVERNMENT TOWARDS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF ARABIC LANGUAGE IN NIGERIAN SCHOOLS: REALITY, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE PROSPECTS

Abdussalam Aminu Atotileto *

 

ABSTRACT

It is obvious that Islam is a religion of education and scholarship. The verses of the Holy Qur’an and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (May the peace of Allah be upon Him) confirmed the importance of searching for knowledge.  It is well known that whenever Islam is being introduced into a society or community, it is always accompanied by its education; wherein the Arabic language has always been the medium of instruction in the process of teaching and learning Islamic education. Arabic is a world language, used for communication and it has a sociolinguistic background in Nigeria. Arabic is the language in which the Holy book (Qur’an) was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Almighty Allah to All mankind through the Angel Jibril for 23 years. Since the revelation of the book, Arabic has remained the medium of expressing and demonstrating the teachings of Islam such as reciting the Holy Qur’an, performing the five daily prayers and carrying out the other religious rites. The function of Arabic as the medium with which the Qur’an was revealed standardised the language. It was traced that the history of Nigeria is incomplete without mentioning the role played by Arabic language in documenting the history of west Africa as a whole and  Nigeria in particular. Therefore, this paper intends to examine the importance of Arabic language and attitudes of government towards the effective teaching and learning of Arabic language in Nigerian schools.