Seven Benefits of the Shariah program

I actually wanted to post this testimonial after week 3, but witheld it until I had absorbed and understood the TSP method more completely. After 8 weeks, my enthusiasm for the course has not diminished.

Having undertaken both online and offline Arabic courses for many years (including Ibn Jabal, SunniPath & Madina books) I can safely attest that the TSP method has a system so unique that it is able to keep you motivated and is incredibly effective in progreesing you.

Since I am a qualifed English teacher, I’m in a good position to be able to analyse the reasons for TSP’s success. Thus my testimonial is a little lengthy but you’ll see thoroughly justified reasons. Below are just my seven top ones:

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A Unique Experience

I want to take this opportunity to share my thoughts about the Shariah Program course that I started in October 2009. As a quick background, I studied level 1 Ibn Jabal in London and took Intermediate Arabic 1 and 2 with SunniPath. Initially I was somewhat hesitant to start this course from beginning but within first few weeks I realised the structure of this course meant that it was adding to everything I had been exposed to and forming a much clearer map of the language. The course has never felt boring despite my previous exposure and the students are always being stretched and steadily taken to the next level:

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Mantiq Review

Quite a few years back I attended an Islamic lecture and I remember the lecturer mentioning how logic wasn’t taught anymore, and basically what a great loss that was for us. That’s when I had a desire to learn this subject. I didn’t really know what it was, except that it was an important subject and one worth studying:

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The Right Place for Learning Arabic

InshaAllah, I will be completing my second year of the Shariah Program in a few months. I am able to read and grammatically analyze sentences of books without any typed inflection.

Before taking the Shariah Program, I had studied one level of Arabic at the university of Damascus institute for foreigners. They focussed on vocabulary and had no Islamic context in their teachings.

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my testimonial :)

I am currently a 2nd year student of the program, just joined a few months ago, and Alhumdulillah I have learned so much already. I was searching for a “proper” Alimah course since the past 2 years. I had already done my first year with a graduate of Darul Uloom- Al Madania in Buffalo and covered about 8 or 9 books in a year, side by side. My teacher moved away so I started searching for another course:

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best decision I could have ever made

I am a 2nd year student of the shariah program, and looking back over the months that have passed, I feel joining was the best decision I could have ever made.

For sisters, there are many courses available, but I have found that the level falls short of the level at which brothers are taught. This course, for me, was the first and only opportunity for a sister to really excel in the Arabic langauge. What I can get and have gained from this course I don’t think any sister in the world can get it elsewhere and I am sure of it.

Having previously studied at many madaris, the pace and methodoligies used to teach the course are very unique and work well. This course is full of knowledge and is for serious students who have a goal in mind and are determined to achieve it:

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another 2nd year student

Assalamu alikum,

My name is Hefsa. I’m a second-year student with Shariah Program and I wanted to take a few minutes to share my experience learning Arabic over the past 2 years. As a mom of 3, I never imagined having the time to learn this beautiful language. When hearing about the classical method and flexible schedule at Shariah Program I decided to give it a try. Deep in my heart I knew I wanted to finally take time to understand the meaning of the Qur’an. The amount of information I have learned over the past year and a half is amazing. The details of Nahw and Sarf that we drilled down on precisely, prove to be so beneficial now that we are doing tafseer of Qur’anic verses. There has been live student-instructor interaction every week, which is incomparable to other online courses.

The material is challenging, but the detailed explanations in the lectures by Mufti Yusuf, and helpful fellow classmates make the learning experience very effective.
Now that I have come so far along in this course, I definitely recommend it to those individuals who desire to learn online. Through the interactive and collaborative method provided by the shariah program, one is able to gain the same knowledge at their convenience.

before thinking of going overseas…

I studied in Shariah Program up till the end of Hidayatun Nahw and subsequently went to study Arabic in Egypt.

Some brief observations:

- Early level students (less than one year of study) in Egypt have good speaking ability, but are weak in understanding nahw. For me personally, I felt that the nahw rules were being explained well, since I had previous exposure to the language, but the other students were completelyclueless.
- Students study books of nahw like ajurrumiyyah and beyond, but their reading is weak. Students had been reading books with tashkeel for a long period of time and all of a sudden are expected to read books without tashkeel, so they have a difficult time doing so; contrary to shariahprogram, in which we were slowly introduced to reading without tashkeel and explained each individual word, they are expected to read whole chapters. Naturally, they make many mistakes, but the teacher just corrects them without explaining why.
- Only students who have studied for a long period of time are strong in nahw and reading, as opposed to ShariahProgram, where one obtains these skills rather quickly.
- Sarf is a weak point, even amongst advanced students. Although detail books are studied in sarf, emphasis is not placed on memorizing and repeating charts, which results in a lack of fluency:

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