بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
For those who are really serious about learning some Arabic before Ramadan rolls around, here’s another beneficial link for you:
It’s a forum dedicated to learning Arabic – all types (Classical, Colloquial, etc). A really excellent resource for the avid learner.
Obviously, it would be better to sign up for a live Arabic course. However, for those who are unable to do so, this is a good alternative.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Always looking for fatwas*?
[*That could sort of be translated into “religious edict”, I suppose.]
Well, here is a good site that has some important ones:
This site has loads of other stuff as well. There are some very nice biographies of the scholars, lectures, nice stuff for Arabic learners, etc.
Oh and they also have a link to a site of an Islamic institute that happens to be in the……..Himalayas, subhan Allah.
For all our Nepalese brothers and sisters:
[Note: It seems that they are in need of financial help. Whoever can contribute should try to do so, insha-Allah. At the very least, please try to inform others who might be able to help them.]
[Update: The professor said that all you have to do to get the invites is to register on to Wiziq and then add him as a contact.]
I mentioned the classes here. They were supposed to be public classes but the teacher has decided (for many reasons) to make them private once more.
What does that mean? It just means that you can’t attend the classes unless you get invited to them.
How can you get an “invite”? Tres facile.
All you need to do (after registering for a free WIZIQ account) is to message the professor and tell him that you’d like to join the classes. After that, he’ll send out invites before each class (“before” could be a few hours or 5 minutes).
Also, for those who want to download the recordings, just make sure to “join the class” (click on the button) even if you can’t attend it live. This way you can download the recording later. Otherwise, I’ve noticed that it gets deleted.
Note: He said that the classes would restart on Sunday. I think that he meant all of them.
Here’s the direct link for the first Arabic class:
Note: If you are unable to take the class, you should be able to download a recording after the class, insha-Allah.
Again, I would really, really, really recommend that all of you take these classes, even if you have studied sarf before.
I’ve studied sarf before as well but there were so many gems that I came across in Ustadh Fahad’s classes, masha-Allah.
[Update: It’s going to start on Wednesday and not Monday as originally stated. The teacher said he would send us a detailed schedule. When he does, Ill post it here, insha-Allah.]
Isn’t that what everybody’s been waiting for?
Well, it’s here.
A sister (may Allah reward her greatly) has put up all the details here.
Some random points:
1) Sarf = Verb conjugation. Studying sarf was what really opened up the Arabic language for me.
2) The teacher is really excellent, may Allah preserve him and reward him greatly. He’s very patient and explains things in depth.
3) He’s from the UAE which means:
a) He’s one of our own! [Sorry but Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home.]
b) All the times mentioned are UAE time, which means I and my fellow denizens of the UAE don’t have to beat our heads trying to figure out all the EST/AST/GMT business.
4) The classes start Wednesday at 6:15 am.
To all those who are truly interested in learning the Arabic language: Do NOT miss this opportunity. You might never get such a great chance again.
Just think of how it’ll feel to understand the Quran next Ramadan….
Okay, as we’re on the topic of learning Arabic in our post-Ramadan Teensie Weensie Tips, I thought I’d mention one of the better Arabic learning websites out there:
And for kiddies:
They’ve both got some great stuff (which you won’t get on other sites). Please be sure to check them both out (especially if you are a teacher or a parent).
PS. French speakers, you’ll like this website…
5) Try to use your strongest language to learn Arabic.
Okay, there are two key words here: “use” and “strongest”.
Let’s take the second word first.
a) What is a person’s strongest language?
It’s what is known as the “native language”. And just for your information, according to many people, that is exactly the same thing as one’s mother tongue.
People seem to think that the language that you speak at home with your parents is your native language. It doesn’t have to be.
If you’re confused as to what your native language is (and I’ve met many people who are), ask yourself this simple question: What language do you think in?
People generally think in just one language.
[By the way, judging by some of the conversations that I’ve had, it seems that the language that you think in can change, if you use another language for a long time. For example, a German sister pointed out to me how she had started to think in English because she used it far more than she used German.]
Okay, so why should we use one’s strongest language? Well, I’m assuming that everyone thinks like me. See, if someone asked me to translate from French to Arabic, then I wouldn’t be able to do it without first translating from French to English and then from English to Arabic. From what I understand, this is the case with most people.
Also, there is the little issue of “getting lost in translation”. You lose so much by going from one language to another. Imagine what would happen if you went through more than one language!
Now someone might say “Eh? Doesn’t everyone use their native language when learning a new one?”
Erm no, which is why I felt the need to write all the above.
[I’m still waiting for more comments on this post before deciding on which option to go for for.]
In Part 1, I mentioned 2 things that we needed to do to learn Arabic, insha-Allah. Here are some more:
[Look, I’m not an expert (and Arabic is not my native language either). These are just my personal views. I could be wrong. ]
3) You need to figure out why you are learning Arabic.
This one might have confused you. Let me explain.
There are 3 different types of Arabic:
a) Classical Arabic (used in the Quran and the ahadeeth).
b) Modern Standard Arabic (used in newspapers, books, and err…even in cartoons).
c) The Dialects – Yes, there are loads of them. There’s the Khaleeji (Gulf) dialect (“Agullich!”), the Sham (Levantine) dialect (“Shoo biddik?”), the Egyptian dialect (“Aiyi haaga!”), the Northern African dialects (nobody understands what they’re saying so don’t worry about these) and some others. Of course, you have sub-dialects amongst these dialects so…
The first two use the same grammar but have a different vocabulary set.
The third one……..that’s a long story. They’re a hotch-potch. However, they’ve all branched out from the fus-ha (the proper Arabic).
[No, it’s not confusing. Remember what I said about English in Part 1?]
So, what do you want to do?
– Go to Egypt and order some Kushari?
Well then, learning Classical Arabic will not really help. The waiter will say “Haaga thaanee?” and you’ll say: “Aaid, min fadhlik”. And then you might get a glare from the waiter because he’ll think you used the feminine form to talk to him whereas you were actually using fus-ha but the poor boy doesn’t know that.
[This is a bit of a rant, so beware. Don’t say that you weren’t warned.]
[*I suppose I could say “blogged” but I’m more of a writer than a blogger. (Feel free to disagree.)]
One of the mistakes that many people make is to read the Quran without understanding it. Unfortunately, they only realise this little fact (i.e. that they can’t understand a word) when it’s time for Taraweeh in Ramadan. That’s when posts like this one become a super hit*.
[*No, I’m not joking. It seems to have reached all parts of the globe.]
So, what should the one who cannot understand the Quran do?
Well, learn Arabic of course.
Isn’t that what many people promise themselves every Ramadan? “Next Ramadan, I’ll be able to understand what the Imam is reciting!”
And did they? Well, judging by the super hit post, most people didn’t keep this promise to themselves.
So, what do you need to do?
1) Make the firm intention to learn Arabic before Shaban 2011.
2) Ignore all those silly articles that say that learning Arabic is difficult. They were not inspired by anybody except Shaytan (the devil).
Everyone has realised this by now, right?
The Quran is the Speech of Allah. Keeping in touch with it only increases our iman which he doesn’t like.
Therefore, he has taken many steps to ensure that we stay unaffected by the Quran. The main way is by stopping us from understanding the Quran. Hey, you can read and read and read but if you don’t understand what’s going on, you won’t get affected by the message, and he knows that all too well.