Arabic Literature Course
Ideas of Islam come from Islamic knowledge, Islamic knowledge is based on the Islamic texts, namely the Quran and Sunnah as expressed through inferences, root meanings and idiomatic meanings that are used as indicators (qaraain) within a language that in all likelihood, you do not know. It’s like saying I know software and app development because I use apps and write customer reviews.
So can you know anything without arabic? Well yes loads, the purely rational arguments that prove the necessary existence of a God, you can differentiate the logically fallacious arguments from the sound arguments and modes of thinking that lead to Iman, but are not Iman in itself. Iman, or at least the articles of Iman, are again textual. With scholars who have already done the hard work, or still doing the hard work and always there to help us activists in a tight spot, we can always rest on their shoulders and deconstruct an entire religion or way of life, but not construct a simple ruling to clean yourself after going to the loo. The Deen is mostly textual not rational. The rational ability is only enhanced by its use of the arabic language to understand the details of the Deen.
I cannot emphasise the importance of Arabic, it is made conditional for anyone to claim deep knowledge of the Deen according to the four greatest thinkers and scholars of the major schools and is said to be ‘miftathul-ilm’, the key to the Islamic sciences. I have advocated for and will continue to advocate for Islamic concepts as a map for the Ummah, from its continents, hemispheres and countries. But I am adamant that staring at a map, and memorising its countries and capital cities is not the same as tasting the pink salts of the Himalayas, the golden turmeric in the highlands of Kashmir and the sweet Sidr honey from the mountains of Yemen. Concepts are like colourless, tasteless, odourless food, with it you will never go hungry, you’ll always survive. Its a subsistence. But learning the sciences after studying arabic is ilm with flavour, colour and aroma. But of course without concepts, in keeping with the analogy, we know some lethal poisons can be sweeter than honey.
-Ustadh Moinul Abu Hamza
Our unique three peak system ensures doesn’t just measure the progress in the curriculum regardless of whether we leave the student behind or not, but also develops students to be able to hang on and scale the Arabic Mountain with an attitude and work ethic that will serve them well in this course and in future intermediate and advanced courses. A typical lesson will compose of studying conversations in Arabic, breaking down the grammatical rules and learning new words along the way. There will be speaking and listening components along the way the goes towards building confidence in the student to use the rules that were discussed with different words.
Our ‘Three Peaks System’ explained.
Here is a sample of our schedule for our 3 Peaks System that prepares student’s expectations for the steep incline and a the cool down. Every class is different, so progressing through the schedule depends on every class.
Peak 1: Nahw, which is to recognise case endings of words and parsing of words and expressions that form simple nominal and verbal sentences
Peak 2: Sarf, which is to have knowledge of verbal conjunctions and how to derive nouns from the ten major verb forms.
Peak 3: Tatbeeq, which is to have good reading and writing skills and basic speaking and comprehension abilities
Moinul Abu Hamza travelled with his wife and son to live in Egypt and study Arabic full time. Upon their return, they embarked on an Islamic scholarship under the tutelage of Shaykh Akram Nadwi which then led them to travel to Makkah, Madinah, Rabat and Fez to attain numerous Ijazaat for themselves and their children alongside the Shahadah Al-Alimiyyah (licence in Islamic Scholarship) which includes advanced Arabic Grammar.
Who are the instructors?
Ustadh Moinul Abu Hamza is your instructor for the Arabic Nahda online and onsite classes but some tutorials will be made for female students as well as some marking and support by Ustadha Nasima.
Who is this course for?
Busy, serious people who know the importance of arabic as a means to understand one’s Deen but cannot attend in person and often cannot relate to standard madrasa style teaching or books with mainly pictures that are targeted towards children.
When are we starting the current ARC course?
Shortly after Ramadan
Examinations and certification?
All students who complete the course with high attendance will receive certification of ‘Hudoor’ (attendance). All students will have an optional examination to receive a certificate (shahadah) within ranging levels of achievement.
Would course material be shipped or a PDF sent for personal printing?
We plan to ship all folders to wherever it is reasonably priced to ship as we want every student to feel like local onsite student of hours. As for the handouts, they will be PDF files that one can print and place in the folder.
What time are the live lessons?
The target time is 3-5pm UK time though recordings will be available. Students from around the world are welcome.
Any previous knowledge required?
All you need is basic recognition of the arabic letters, although we expect a student to make Tajweed a priority in their lives as part of this journey.
How many hours must one dedicate?
2hrs for the actual class and 30mins a day for two days for practice and homework.
Is there video access?
Video access will be available throughout the 36 week course and after for the remainder of the year, which gives ample time to revise and take full notes.
What’s the teaching structure?
The course will include a virtual board with a live video stream so that a student can access the texts and learn directly from the teacher via two screens. Otherwise known as ‘picture in picture’.
Ustadh Moinul will deliver the online classes while Ustadha Nasima along with Ustadh Moinul will try to support the respective male/female students throughout the week. This is subject ability and not what the student pays for but just additional help.
Any course materials?
All course materials will be provided so nothing is needed except a pen and a notepad. We will also provide tutorials on the best arabic dictionaries and recommend which physical books or apps would best fit the students’ needs.
What’s the expected outcome?
It really depends on the amount of time the student puts in, how serious the student is and how much the student pursues the teacher. If you put in the effort you will have the key tools to form most sentences you want in speech and have a decent reading and writing ability. Although our focus is on reading ability. All of this will involve having a dictionary to hand as there are no short cuts to learning vocab.
Homework is minimal, maybe half an hour a week max, though this can increase if you want to do more. So the main thing is not to miss a lesson.
Will I need Tajweed?
We are teaching a complete Tajwid course before or it around 1pm -3p. Some students are doing both because of the heavy discounts involved although Tajwid is a standalone science. And needed for the Arabic course.
Can I manage?
This course is idea for busy people, it aims to explain the concepts to english speakers without skirting around topics with multiple examples and pictures etc. I have students from oxford, surgeons, city workers from canary wharf, charity workers, activists -busy people from all walks of life.
Where do the lessons take place?
Whitechapel Education Hub E1 London, opposite whitechapel station.
Do we get one to one attention or is this a class setting?
It is in a class setting both onsite and online, you can watch online or attend onsite when convenient. The one-to-one help is when you interact with the teacher in regards to the homework to measure comprehension along with where your weaknesses in understanding lies. This is the process by which the teacher we will monitor your development.
What level can I expect to achieve -though I know this greatly depend on my effort?
The course outcome is you can access Quran and break down most sentences with a dictionary app handy (you will live with one for years). And if you can’t you can check the I’raab and grasp what is being discussed.
What would be my speaking level -although I know this depends on my effort to practice?
You should be able to go Umrah for example and ask for your basic needs and communicate in Arabic. The important thing is, I give you the structure that you can build on without me. Most books go into the level I cover in book two or three, I wont be doing that, we will start with grammar in a digestible way from day one. I use your existing knowledge of English to understand Arabic.
The course will be for 20 weeks. Course fees are £399 onsite and £499 online for Arabic Nahda Course Summer 2019. Fees cover all course materials, worksheets and our bespoke folder.
Further discounts are provided when the Arabic Renaissance course is connected with other existing courses.
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Certification of Attendance
The first level of certification is ‘Shahadah Al-Hudoor’ which is awarded to those who maintained regular attendance and homework submissions and gave the their full effort.
Certification of Examination
The second level is ‘Shahadah Al-Ijtiyaaz’ which is through attaining above a pass mark in the final exam. All exams will be written, invigilated and mark by the teachers and course co-ordinators of our Arabic department. The entering of examinations is optional.