Who said you have to be an Arab to become a scholar?
This common misconception amongst some people is completely false. As the map shows, 6 of those 10 imams; Imams Muslim, Bukharee, Nasaai, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah – they were all non Arabs. They were all muhaditheen (experts in hadeeth) and no scholars have surpassed them in the field of hadeeth up until this day. Their respective books become known as the “kutb sittah” (The 6 books [of hadeeth]) and the book of Imam Bukharee in particular “al-Jaami’ al-Saheeh al-Musnad min Hadeeth Rasool-Allaah wa Sunanihi wa Ayaamihi” is considered the most authentic book in the world after none other than the worlds of Allaah; the Quran.
However, they did all learn and master the Arabic language as that is the key to Islamic sciences. Without the key you cannot open the door.
For those learning Arabic, it can take time and requires a lot of struggling and patience. Don’t stop at Madeenah book 1 and give up. Try to get past ‘kayfa haaluk?’ and ‘ma ismuka?’ Sabr is the key.
But when you get past the mu’rab, mabni, faa’il, f’il etc. you will see that in the end, it’s all worth it.