Arabic lessons - Lessons in Arabic Grammar and Morphology. Learn to read and understand the Quran in months!
As with many Muslims born and raised in the West, the heritage of the Islamic
intellectual tradition is one that I was brought up to revere, venerate and
consider my own. Surrounded both at home and in the mosque by stories of
luminaries like Abu Hanifah and al-Ghazzali, it was impossible to escape
without a distinct impression of the vastness and sophistication of Islamic
scholarship, as well as its central contribution to the history of both the
Eastern and Western worlds.
Yet, despite being an integral part of my identity, the reality of a truly
comprehensive Islamic education was always just beyond my reach. The more
I thought about this, the more I realized that I, like the vast majority
of North American Muslims, was in fact divorced from a true understanding
of our own intellectual history. Content with stories and anecdotes, or at
most a rudimentary knowledge of basic fiqh, we were, and continue to be,
deprived of the deep and profound insights of the scholars of the Islamic
Granted, I was able to catch glimpses of our tradition here and there:
reading books, frequenting halaqas, attending conferences, and occasionally
visiting Muslim lands. Yet, these were isolated rarities, providing no systematic
method of tying together the subjects of our study in any intelligibly cohesive
I enrolled into the Shariah Program in late May 2003 and went in the evenings
3 days a week for just 3 hours a session. I noticed sizable improvements
in the comprehension of Arabic in a very short time. In fact, just after
3 months, we had covered in profound detail about 60% of all of Arabic Morphology
(Sarf) and about 50% of intermediate Arabic grammar (Nahw), and all of this
without the loss of detail or comprehension.
For me, then, the Toronto Shariah Program has brought
the Islamic tradition, my tradition, to life. Beginning with
a study of the Arabic language that is unparalleled by anything else out
there, the program
has already given me a facility with classical Arabic texts I
never thought possible without sustained study in an Arab country. Comprehensive,
and systematic, Mufti Yusuf Mullan draws upon the centuries-old
curricula of the madresa system in the Indian-Pakistani Subcontinent and
masterfully with modern teaching strategies and a keen understanding
of the level of the students he teaches to produce a serious knowledge of
in a minimal amount of time -- a good year of regular study and
attendance will provide you with the essentials of the Arabic language, as
well as enough
practice to start feeling comfortable with the texts.
The focus on Arabic in the first year is indispensable for advanced study
in subsequent years, but is not exclusive to other disciplines. Already,
we have had lessons in tajweed, seerah, fiqh, and tafseer, as well as exposure
to such masterpieces as the Ihya’ of Imam Ghazzali. Due in large part
to the encouragement of Mufti Yusuf and his teaching staff, I now look forward
to exploring more and more of the classical texts in the hopes of continuing
to bridge the divide that has separated me from a comprehensive understanding
of my intellectual heritage thus far. The organization and guidance of the
Shariah Program is an essential part of that journey.
The Shariah Program is convenient, rigorous, affordable and of the highest
quality. It is an incomparable initiative on the North American Muslim scene;
our duty now is to see that it continues to be a success. Those of us in
Toronto no longer have an excuse to neglect our tradition of knowledge and
Now formally registering for the 2009 Online Arabic Foundations Program
Course content, goals and methods can be accessed from the Curriculum page.
Click here for first semester syllabus (March 21, 2009-June 21, 2009).
The first week's content has been placed on our samples page. Please visit the Samples Audio Page and download the content for free.
You can view details regarding costs, exact timings, and hours of instruction etc. on our Online Arabic Courses page.
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