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A Testimonial by Farhan Hashmi for the Toronto Shariah Program

As-salamu alaykum,

I would like to share with you the unique experience I had this past summer during the two-month intensive. I decided to take this course because I was becoming dissatisfied with the level of incompetence I had with regards to understanding the language of the Qur’an.

Due to the fact that this program was fairly new and not many people knew about it, the size of the class during the summer was relatively small. I am now studying in a larger class with the January students and have exposure to more teachers. However, over the summer I studied primarily under Mufti Yusuf Mullan. Alhamdulilah, I am grateful to Allah for allowing me the experience of studying with such a knowledgeable and forbearing teacher. He understands his students well and adjusts his curriculum to optimize results. His method of teaching with emphasis on repetition is really helpful in cutting down the time required for memorization.

Initially I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not have any training in the language whatsoever prior to this course. When I was in the process of registering, I spent almost a week leafing through various books on “tajweed” and “intro to Arabic” in order to avoid embarrassment during the first week of class.

Alhamdulilah there has not been a single instance where I have felt embarrassed or discouraged. With a basic understanding of the alphabet one can go a long way. The lessons are dynamic and every part of the course comes together to reinforce a solid understanding of the core concepts.

At the end of every class, I walk out with so many interesting things to think about. Whether they are profound verses from the Qur’an or wise words to a student from a teacher who lived a thousand years ago, the program proves to be much more than what can be expressed by a mere listing of the course outline.

This program is truly a strong undertow in the sea of knowledge in the West. All you have to do is take a dive and the current will take you to amazing places Insh’Allah. I came across the following quote in one of the books during the first week of class which sums up my feeling for the program in a beautiful way:

“Although I was able to spend only a few years in the company of such guides [the traditional scholars], my progress was rapid. Such is the fortune of the debris that manages to land itself on a rapidly flowing, pristine river.” - Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar


Farhan Hashmi


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