97. Why did the Holy Spirit speak in so many languages at Pentecost including Arabic?

In Genesis 12 verses 1-3 God made a covenant with Abraham that his seed would bless all the families of the earth. For that promise to come to pass the message about God’s love for all people needed to reach the whole world. The selection by God of Jerusalem as a Mission Centre was no mistake. On the day of Pentecost in 33 AD there were probably about 90,000 people in Jerusalem, and 15,000 of them were foreigners from North Africa, Europe, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Persia, India and China. When Peter stood up to preach and explain to the people of the City of Jerusalem the events of the previous 50 days, the Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way upon all who were gathered and everyone heard the message of Peter in their own language. This was an amazing event. Acts 2 verses 7-13 records the languages spoken that day by the disciples who were not fluent in those languages. Arabic was one of those many languages. The speakers were unlearned men who had not previously spoken in these languages.

The Qur’an declares Arabic as the heavenly language. It is important to Islâm that all people speak the Arabic language. It will prepare them for heaven. Most Muslims try to emulate the life of Muhammad, and the Sunnah, Seerah and the Hadith helps them understand the life of the Prophet so they can live like he did in an Arab culture. It is easier to emulate Muhammad’s life if you understand the language as understanding a language gives you invaluable insights into the culture of the language. Consequently the spread of Islâm around the world has exported a lot of aspects and traditions of Arab culture.