Abstract: The use of Arabic words in the Malay language is a tradition that has been around decades ago signifying the growth of knowledge in the Malay civilization. The language is very widely spoken then that the Malay community has grown accustomed to it. History shows that when Islam started expanding, it brought radical changes in the use of language among the Malays. Arabic language serves as an important tool especially in the daily worshipping acts such as prayers and zikr, among others. Of late however, Arabic began to be used in different forms as compared to before. This study will first discuss on the regressing usage of certain Arabic words by the Malay community, followed by a study on words that are more commonly used today. This shift is seen in a positive light proving that Arabic language has managed to place itself in the Malay communitys daily social affairs rather than being merely used in religious matters. The research conducted for this study is also dedicated to expose the importance as well as future of Arabic language in the Malay community as preparations to face the enormity and openness of globalization.
Ismail Muhamad, Che Mohd Zaid Yusof and Azman Che Mat, 2016. Preserving the Use of Arabic Words in the Malay Language. The Social Sciences, 11: 4432-4434.