Thursday, November 3, 2016

Let's Learn Arabic Survey Results.

  • Let's Learn Arabic Survey
What obstacles do you face with learning Arabic?(4 responses)
Lack of local qualified teachers and programs for in person options. Time constraints with everyday life, work or family duties and other crucial priorities.
Not being able to travel and immerse myself in an Arabic-language environment. You can learn it in the west but going to Arabic-speaking countries brings it alive.
Lack of time to dedicate to improving my Arabic
Procrastination, fear of failure

What advice would you share with sisters wanting to learn Arabic?(4 responses)
Du'aa. Consistency. Support group.
Learn fus-ha (classical or Modern Standard Arabic), not a dialect. Fus-ha is the language of Qur'an. If you learn it first you can learn a dialect afterwards - it's easier that way round. The best gift an Arabic teacher ever gave me was to make me learn the plural of each new vocabulary word. You don't want to know how many patterns of the "broken" (irregular) plural there are! But if you learn the plural when you learn the word, it's less painful in the long wrong, and you will eventually begin to see the patterns in the language. Check out Studio Arabiyyah online - one of my offspring is learning fus-ha with it and finding it very beneficial.
Try to use both conventional and unconventional methods. Attending a class and working out of workbooks is always recommended however once the basics are in place and even minimal understanding has been achieved try simply reading the Quran, perhaps with a Quran with a read-aloud pen or follow-along app; emerse yourself in Arabic environments with those who might speak Arabic fluently or try watching Arabic shows and follow the story, even kids ones. It takes lots of dedication and also patience with yourself so always ask Allah swt for his help and ease.
Make Dua Just start and make a very small commitment per week. That way, it will be too easy not to get done. Then, slowly as time passes, increase your weekly commitment and in sha Allah, you will start to see actual progress. In sha Allah, with a good intention, that little effort every week will bring rewards in this world and the next.

Halaqa # 63

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Safar 4, 1438
Let’s Learn Arabic

Year 3
  • 4 Sisters
  • 3 Junior Guests

Location: Headquarters
Agenda: (please note, we have included many links where you can read in detail more on each subject)

O Allah, bless this Halaqa, allow us to gain, act upon and share beneficial knowledge. Guide us, forgive our sins and grant us Jannah with our families and loved ones. Ameen

We read Surah Fatihah aloud altogether, then sisters individually read aloud a few letters/words, ayahs (according to her ability and with the help and encouragement of her fellow sisters). We read Surah A'raaf from Ayat 138 to Ayat 155.  In sha Allah, this will be an ongoing part of our Halaqa and one day in sha Allah, we will have Khatam Quran and begin again.
Sister Marwa  read the answer to the following question about learning Arabic:
Note: We pointed out the following very useful article was originally shared in the 16th halaqa:

Sister Rim read the letters below::

  • NEXT HALAQA and News
In sha Allah, our next Halaqa will be held in two weeks on Nov.17th indoors at our Headquarters.
Sister Sara read the following article about learning Arabic:
Written by: By Sister Fatima Barakatullah
Click here to read the replies we received to our simple survey:

What obstacles do you face with learning Arabic?
What advice would you share with sisters wanted to learn Arabic?
Sister Winnie discussed the following two courses:

Talking Points:   
  • Original idea from Halaqa 16 Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
  • Alhamdulilah, we are ready to launch program
  • Two courses to choose from depending on your level
  • Each course has a detailed curriculum to follow at your pace
  • Join with like-minded sisters in a private group to encourage each other and follow each others’ progress
  • An Arabic Speaking Consultant (Sister Sara) is available to answer questions.
  • Learn at your own pace, stress-free.
  • To join up, please send an email stating which course you would like to start and insha Allah, we will add you to our private online google Study Sheet.
  • Once a sister joins up, she will receive instructions about when and how to contact Sister Sara, how to keep track of her progress in the course, how to communicate with the other members of the Learn Arabic Group. In sha Allah
  • If you require more information please email us.

  • VIDEO  
We listened to part of the following podcast discussing Sisterhood:

Note: We pointed out the following very useful video was originally shared in the 16th Halaqa:

For the expiation of sins, said at the conclusion of a sitting or gathering. To listen to this dua click here

196 - "How perfect You are O Allah, and I praise You. I bear witness
that None has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your
forgiveness and turn to You in repentance."

سُبْحـانَكَ اللّهُـمَّ وَبِحَمدِك، أَشْهَـدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلاّ أَنْتَ أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتوبُ إِلَـيْك

Subhânaka l-lâhumma wa bi-hamdika. Ash-hadu an lâ ilâha illâ
anta, astaghfiruka wa atûbu ilayka.

If any of this information was good and true, know that it comes from Allah subhanahu
wa ta’ala.  If there are mistakes we ask for Allah’s Forgiveness and Mercy.