The Obligation of Teaching Arabic

Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, quoting Ibn Taimiyyah, said:

Teaching Arabic is a [communal Islamic] obligation that enough people must fulfill [for everyone else to be considered relieved of it]. The Salaf, [the righteous, first three generations of this ummah], used to discipline their children over grammatical mistakes [in Arabic]. So we have been commanded, a command that is either one of obligation¹ or recommendation,² to preserve the rules of Arabic and to correct the tongues that deviate from [them], the means to understanding the Book and the Sunnah thus being preserved for us, [as well as the ability] to speak the way [true] Arabs speak.

[Shaikh ʿAbdullāh said:] Imām Ibn Taimiyyah said [the above]. (Al-Majmū, vol. 32, p. 252)

¹rewardable if done and punishable if not (trans.)
²rewardable if done, but not punishable if not (trans.)