The 22 members of the Arab League speak Arabic as their official language. There are over 300 million Arabic native speakers in the world, with the majority living in the Middle East and North Africa. It is also one of the United Nations’ six official languages (UN).
The events in the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim’s sacred book, account for much of what is known about written, classical (or old) Arabic. Around the 7th century C.E., these events are claimed to have occurred. Much of the Arabic language was spoken before the Qur’an. To this day, the Qur’an is the cornerstone of the Arabic language.
The phrase Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) has become popular in recent years. With the exception of the insertion of current terms and minor variations in grammar constructs, MSA is nearly identical to the classical, formal Arabic of the Qur’an. MSA is the most prevalent version of Arabic, and it’s the one that’s taught in schools and colleges. It’s also the one that’s used the most.