السلام عليكم (As-salaamu alaykum),
If any of the following sound like you:
- “I read the Quran, but I don’t know what it says without reading a translation.”
- “I want to be a scholar of Islam, but I don’t know Arabic.”
- “I want to know what the scholars said in explanation of the Quran and Hadith.”
- “I want to learn Arabic, but I’m intimidated by it.”
- “I’m using a book to teach myself Arabic, but I need a walk-through of it.”
- “I’ve studied some Arabic, but I want to be able to appreciate the linguistic miracle of the Quran.”
Then you’ve found yourself in good hands إن شاء الله. We’ve had to deal with all of these, and gone through various programs, courses and books over the past decade, including Bayyinah’s Dream program, an intensive 10-month course modeled on immersion in the Arabic language. That served as a launchpad for future endeavors, such as studying Islamic sciences solely in Arabic and reading/adapting Arabic texts with minimal difficulty. All of this, has been while holding down jobs and families.
Why are we telling you all of this? Because we want you to know that there is a way it can be done, and it doesn’t have to be as gnarly as the path we’ve taken. You don’t have to make the same mistakes or waste time getting stuck. We’ve had a lot of help to get to this point, and want to help you do the same.
On our e-mail list, we’ll be sharing tips for learning Arabic, straightforward series for learning the rules of Arabic, gems from amazing works that have never been translated to English, walk-throughs/reviews of teaching texts and examples of the Quran’s linguistic superiority, among other treats. To join, simply enter your e-mail and click “Yes, include me!”