Arabic Lessons - Lessons in Arabic Grammar, right here in Toronto
I am currently completing a qualifying year for my Masters degree
in Islamic History at the University of Toronto. My undergraduate degree
is in Political Science, which I completed at the University of Waterloo.
I intend to complete my Masters and then pursue a PhD in Islamic Politics.
I started the Shariah Program with the first batch of students back in
January and I continue to take these Arabic lessons on a part-time basis.
I am also a part-time teacher at a local Islamic School.
My interest in the Arabic Language
I had always felt that my attachment to the Qur’an was incomplete due
to lack of understanding the language in which it was revealed. I began taking
Arabic lessons at local mosques and Islamic centres in my area. These lessons
failed to keep my interest due to the method of teaching as well as the slow
pace in which they were conducted. I found myself looking to options overseas,
especially since I’ve heard people taking the journey to such lands
as Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. I thought that this was a journey
that I would be destined to take as well, if I was serious about learning
Arabic. I had gone as far as registering for a summer intensive in Yemen.
During my last year at the University of Waterloo, while I was making preparations
for possible post-graduate studies abroad, I received word of Arabic lessons
starting up in Toronto. After I received the details of the program, my plans
for departure were put on hold and I was to give these local Arabic lessons
one more try.
About the Course
After the first day of classes in the new Toronto Shariah Program,
I knew that these Arabic lessons were like none I’ve taken before.
The intensity that we began with on the first day of classes has continued
till present day, which makes this program different from any other offered
in Toronto. The methodology of the teachers is tried, tested, and true
and has flourished worldwide, especially in such areas as Pakistan, India,
the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. These
Arabic lessons mix innovative learning with a traditional curriculum.
The medium of study is in English, which is unique and definitely relevant
in this part of the world.
The length of the program is 5 years but since it is structured by semester,
students have the opportunity to take their studies as far as
they find suitable. The first couple of years focus mainly on the Arabic
language itself. Two
main subjects are concentrated on during the first few months,
sarf (morphology) and nahw (grammar). These two subjects alone equip the
student to understand
approximately 60% of the Qur’an within months. Along with these two
subjects, important topics, such as, tajweed, conversational
Arabic, and fiqh are introduced to give the student a comprehensive
the language and its usage.
An important aspect in any field of study is the teacher of the course. This
program is a success not only due to the intensity of the Arabic lessons,
but also because of the teachers. Mufti Yusuf Mullan and the other young
scholars are able to relate to the students, especially because they are
born in the West and do not have the same baggage as some other teachers
who come here from abroad. Their knowledge of the Arabic language and of
Islam on the whole can only serve to enhance the experience of anyone studying
For anyone intending to take Arabic lessons, this is the place
and the time to do so. The program is designed particularly for young
high school, college or university students or those with full-time jobs
who may not have the time to study on a full time basis. This is what
first attracted me to the program and it has allowed me to carry on my
full time university studies, hold down a part-time job, and stay in
Toronto with my family all while acquiring the knowledge of the Deen.
Insha Allah due to this program I will no longer feel disconnected from
the Book of Allah and the sayings of His noble Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).
Please feel free to contact me for further information or for any questions
you may have.
University of Toronto