I am trying to convey the knowledge imparted during the Toronto Shariah Program for Classical Arabic using this blog. Even if a single person benefits from this, I will take this as a sign of success for this blog. Kindly leave your comments about this blog and also notify me of any mistakes which you find and any additions which I can make to transform this blog into a more useful tool.

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  1. Mashallah you are doing a wonderful job explaining the Arabic. Keep up the good work. I’m trying to do Book 2 of the Medina curriculum. So mashallah I have been referring to your site for help. Thanks for the thoroughness.

  2. May Allah reward you for your efforts.

    Are you in the class right now? I am currently taking it. This vlog is very useful as notes.

  3. Assalam-o-Alaikum Mujahida,
    Yes I am attending the course, and I have noticed you online as well :).
    Please feel free to pitch in with your own notes and ideas so that others can benefit from this.

    May Allah bless you with what is best in the Hereafter and in this world!

  4. Mawlana Hasan,
    Thanks for visiting. I have no problem adding your site to my blogroll;however, one of the links on your page, theboinq.wordpress.com, led me to a web site which had some objectionable posts on it. Any thoughts?

    May Allah bless you!

  5. By the way, how far are you guys in the online class now? Does mufti sahib still do hidayatun nahw dars afterwards?

  6. Godilali,
    Welcome and thanks for stopping by. No, we are not doing Hidayatun Nahw in this course, or not at least for now. Just Nahw itself and Sarf. Did you take this course? How was your experience?

    May Allah bless you!

  7. I took the class last year, and I also attended the first few lessons in this current online class (I was Ali_Godil), and unless I was hallucinating, he would cover hidayatun nahw after the level I lesson.

    Anyhow, these classes are very beneficial. They provide an excellent foundation for furthering your study of the language. A bit of advice would be to make a list of all of the new vocabulary you aquire in qasas. If it is a verb, list the perfect and imperfect tenses and masdar, and if it is an ism, include its plural as well. Otherwise, you will not effectively aquire the vocabulary. Additionally, be persistant; some of the topics, especially ta’leel in sarf, can be quite discouraging at first, but if you remain stedfast, you will begin to understand them.

  8. Thanks for the advice , Ali. Insha Allah I will try to stick to it :-)
    And yes, you are right in that the couse is very beneficial for understanding and furthering one’s knowledge of Arabic

  9. assalamalikum
    We are adding you to our blogroll for educational websites.
    If you like MuslimMatters.org, please add to you roll.


  10. Mawlana Hassan,
    You probably wanted to say that you have not addedf such a site to your blog.
    In any case, your site will be added to my blog Insha Allah. Please do the same for my blog

    Jazak Allah!

  11. Assalamu Alaykum,

    Mash’ALlah excellent blog. When you get the chance could you email me i would like to suggest something to you insha’Allah.

    Keep us the good work.


  12. As Salaamu Alaikum:

    First time I visit your blog. Keep up the good work. I enjoyed reading your blog on your Arabic numerical interpretations.
    I am not an Arabic speaker but I would like to at least be able to read it someday, Insh’Allah.
    I have yet to be able to get past the letter sounds. LOL
    I gotta a long way to goooo…

    Best Wishes on your endeavours

  13. Asalaam-o-Alaikum,

    you have no idea how long i have been searching for a place to learn Arabic on the Internet, more than 5 years or so.
    I stumbled upon your blog today and I’m elated.

    Keep up the good work.
    I have a lot of catching up to do.

  14. Jawerya,
    I am glad that you found what you were looking for. May Allah make you succeed in learning the Language of the Quran. Make sure that you site the numerous related sites available on the blogroll, as well.

    Jazak Allah!

  15. Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

    Could this be the English translation of “Qasasun Nabiyyeen”? (http://onlineislamicstore.com/b2633.html). I’m almost sure that I came across an English translation of Abul-Hasan Ali al-Nadwi’s “Qasasun Nabiyyeen”. I remember having seen a French translation of it in Damascus.

    Also, considering that the Arabic of the Qasasun-Nabiyyeen is not so difficult or rather gets gradually and progressively more difficult, would’nt it be better to just use the Arabic? This is just my own personal view. The translation might be good, though, for self-learning to check your own translation against.

  16. Ibn Uthman,
    I would defnitely agree with you. Nothing better than reading and learning using Arabic itself. One of the best thing about the Arabic version is that you can do tarkeeb which is not possible to do in a translated version

    Jazak Allah!

  17. salaam

    i Was wondering in shariah program how much time outside class should we be willing to spend? i can only spend an hr every day out of class is that okay or should i opt for Sunnipath?
    do u guys take notes or not?
    is this program for beginners with 0 knowledge of arabic?
    do we have to memorize things?
    is it so fast paced that if u fall behind u are likely to quit?


  18. Assalam o Alaikum Zaid,
    Here are answers to your queries:

    1) How much time outside class should we be willing to spend?
    The classes are on weekends; if you spend two hours through the week that should be enough for you

    2)Do u guys take notes or not?
    I do and then I blog them :)

    3)Is this program for beginners with 0 knowledge of Arabic?
    The only requirement for this program is that you know the alpahabet and how to read Arabic. Here is a rule of thumb: if you have read the Quran then that should be sufficient

    4)Do we have to memorize things?
    Yes, but then no knowledge comes without retention

    5)Is it so fast paced that if u fall behind u are likely to quit?
    No it is not. Each lecture is recorded and you can listen back to it as many time as you like by downloading the audio files

    Hope this helps you making the decision

    Jazak Allah!

  19. salaam
    so only 2hrs a week is all we have to put out for shariah program
    excluding the classes
    im planning to do it online so would this apply to this situtution too? I knoe u take notes but would u recommend taking notes? or can i get the notes from u ;)

  20. Assalam o Alaikum Zaid,
    Yes, even if you do online then you can out 2hrs other than the classes and should feel at par with the rest of the class.
    I would highly recommend that you take notes since they will be your reference point coupled with the audio recordings.
    All my notes are on the blog :-) so you already have them!

    Jazak Allah!

  21. Assalaamu alaikum

    Alhumdulillah I have deployed a new version of http://www.study-arabic.info, I was hoping you can add a link to my site.

    I have link automatically generated on my site from yours as you add new content, please take a look, on the left hand column under ‘External Feeds’.

    thanks and Wasalaam


  22. last thing sheepoo
    what u would recommend for me to do to prepare for shariah program? memorize anything?

    and outside of class what type of material do we have to study or do we just review the lesson.

  23. btw are there classes during the summer because one big prob is that i usually go to pakistan from june-aug during the summer and i usually dont have internet there. so that is a big prob.

  24. Zaid,
    The blog here is all (or almost all) of my notes from Shariah Program, up until Sept 2007.So the earlier posts in the blog are the earlier notes from the class.
    If you know Arabic reading and writing that should be sufficient for you to get started with Shariah Program. The course continues through the summer and the breaks are usually only for long weekends. I would highly recommend that you do not skip classes. Worst come worst, you can listen back to the audio recordings of each class.

    Hope that helps,

    Jazak Allah!

  25. a salaamu aleikum,
    Is there any part of your blog that you would advise a COMPLETE BEGINNER to read. I hope to have a teacher next month, but I wondered if there is any material posted that I could benefit from at this early stage.

    I pray that one day this blog will cease to be intimidating and begin to be enlightening for me!

    May Allah reward you
    Jazak Allahu khairan

  26. السلام عليك. Brother, I do the same thing as this blog does. However, the explanation is in Indonesian Languange. I am a beginner in Arabic, but I just want to share. Keep up the good job Bro. Tahammas!

  27. Assalam alaikum. Wow, never stumbled here before today. It’s a wonderful job that you are doing. I must make some time to go through most of your posts and try to learn from them. I just skimmed through today after seeing your comment at Unique’s blog.

    Keep up the good work. And about your comment over at Unique’s blog, I don’t think site traffic matters that much for blogs like yours which have scholarly content. Such blogs don’t necessarily promote discussion, but as you said, even if one person benefits, you have got your reward from Allah. Jazakallahu fid daareini khaira, Ameen.

  28. As sallamu alaykum,

    This is the first time that I have visited your site. It is excellent! I will recommend it to others, in sha Allah.

    BarakAllahu feek.

    Wa alaykum us salaam,
    Your Shariah Program classmate

  29. Jazak Allah Sister Kareemah,
    I am glad that you have found this blog useful for your Arabic studies. Insha Allah, others to whom you recommend this blog, will also find information here handy for learning Classical Arabic.

  30. Very nice blog!
    I’m an italian student, and I study the arabic language…
    so you can’t really imagine how helpful is your job!!
    Please, go on :-)

  31. Alessandro,
    Nothing makes me more glad than knowing that my efforts are bearing fruits!
    I plan to add more material to my blog soon, Insha Allah!

  32. Assalamualikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
    Masha Allah a very nice blog you’ve got here. May Allah(SWT) reward you for your efforts in this life and hereafter.

    I’ve added your site would you please add mine too.

    Jazak Allah Khairan.

  33. Assalamu alaykum wa RahmmtuAllah,

    Brilliant site. MashaAllah! May Allah preserve you bro/sister, and protect you from ‘Aayn,ameen.

    I am currently studying Arabic in Cairo, and desperately need to find-out whether this book:

    الملخّص القواعد اللغة العَرَبِيّة

    Author: فؤاد نِعْمَة

    Is this book based on Kufi or Basri grammer?? I asked my teacher and he wasn’t sure.

    Please clarify.

    Jazakum Allahu Khayran.

    Abbas Dhami

  34. Assalam o Alaikum Brother Abbas,
    Unfortunately I will be unable to answer your question since I am not aware the book you have mentioned. Hopefully some of my other readers will be able to help you out, Insha Allah.

    Thanks for your Du’a. May Allah give you success in your endeavors, Insha Allah

  35. Assalam 3alaikoum.

    Dear sheepoo,

    I am french and I learn Arabic, and at first I would like to thank you for this very nice and useful website.

    I am actually a type designer and work on a new Arabic font.
    I have a few specific questions I#d like to ask you and as I don’t know if this about-section is the right place for this, I’d like to know if I can contact you per email?

    Thank you very much for your help.


  36. Merci Beaucoup Sylvian!
    I am happy you like the blog. Send me an email at my google mail account (username is also sheepoo) and I will be happy to help.

    Jazka Allah!

  37. Salem,
    I would like you to add my website To the Quran links on your front page please. This site is a word for word,translation and grammer of the quran. Morpholoy, and has a dictionary for searching the words from the Quran.
    “Crescent Quran Corpus”.
    I hope you will find this site useful

  38. Imen,
    I have added your site to my links sections. The site looks really very useful for students of Quranic Linguistics. If I may suggest an enhancement: if at all possible please also include the Classical Arabic terms of Grammar (e.g. masdar, maf’ool mutlaq, faa’il etc.) since this will make it very easy for any student to follow the grammatical terms.

    Jazak Allah!

  39. Assalamu Alykum

    May Allah SWT accept your good deeds. Ameen.

    One irrelevant question (apologies) – I posted your site on a forum as ‘a sister’s notes’…are you a sister or a brother?

    Sorry for this.

    JAzakAllahu Khair,

  40. Kofinina,
    Unfortunately I do not have this information regarding when each classical Arabic dictionary was written. Maybe you can get this information on Wikipedia?

    Jazak Allah!

  41. Hi Sheepoo,

    You have a very nice blog and very good resource for learning Arabic. I am Lebanese and I also teach the Lebanese Dialect.
    Keep up the good work!

  42. Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakaatuhu

    How are you, brother?
    and w h e r e are you?
    The blog of such eminence should not come to a standstill.
    KINDLY continue to write, Inshaaallah.
    May Allah guide you and make things easy for you.
    jazakallaahu khayra.

  43. Walaikum Assalam,
    Indeed I have not been updating the blog for a very long time now. Let’s say I could not find anything useful to add.
    Pray that I can continue to add some material here.

    Jazak Allah!

  44. Assalamu’alaikum,

    Brother I have noticed there is an issue with the Arabic fonts not displaying properly on some systems. This issue can be easily solved by using webfonts. When a webfont is used, the user does not need to have the fonts installed on his machine. The font is loaded from the website itself.

    You can convert any Arabic font into a webfont by using one of the many webfont generators online. There are many tutorials on how to add them to one’s website. It is a very easy task, but one with a lot of benefit.


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