Arabic

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October 28, 2021

The Arabic language is the most spoken Semitic language, and one of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world, spoken by more than 467 million people (1) and its speakers are distributed in the Arab world, in addition to many other neighboring regions such as Ahvas, Turkey, Chad, Mali, Senegal, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Iran. Thus, it occupies the fourth or fifth position in terms of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world, and it occupies the third position according to the number of countries that recognize it as an official language; It is recognized as an official language by 27 countries, and the fourth most widely used language on the Internet. The Arabic language is of paramount importance to Muslims, for it is a sacred language for them, as it is the language of the Qur’an, the language of prayer and essential in performing many Islamic worship and rituals. Arabic is also a major ritual language of a number of Christian churches in the Arab world, and many of the most important Jewish religious and intellectual works in the Middle Ages were written in it. The status of the Arabic language rose due to the spread of Islam among countries, as it became the language of politics, science and literature for many centuries in the lands ruled by Muslims. The Arabic language has a direct and indirect influence on many other languages ​​in the Islamic world, such as Turkish, Persian, Amazigh, Kurdish, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian, Albanian and some other African languages ​​such as Hausa, Swahili, Tigari, Amharic, Somali, and some European languages, especially the Mediterranean, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Maltese and Sicilian; Many of its terms entered English and other languages, such as admiral, tariff, alcohol, algebra, and star names. It is also taught formally or informally in Islamic countries and African countries bordering the Arab world. Arabic is an official language in all countries of the Arab world, in addition to being an official language in Chad and Eritrea. It is one of the six official languages ​​of the United Nations, and the International Day of the Arabic Language is celebrated on December 18 as the anniversary of the adoption of Arabic among the working languages ​​of the United Nations. In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Arabic the fourth most useful language for business globally. In 2013, the British Council published a detailed report on the languages ​​most requested in the United Kingdom under the title “Languages ​​of the Future.” It was found that Arabic ranked second in the world and in 2017, ranked fourth. With regard to the languages ​​that make the most profits in Britain, Arabic comes in second place

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